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The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms | [Danielle LaPorte]

The Fire Starter Sessions: A Soulful + Practical Guide to Creating Success on Your Own Terms

As the creator of DanielleLaPorte.com - deemed "the best place online for kick-ass spirituality," Danielle LaPorte’s straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have inspired over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and success concepts.
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Publisher's Summary

The Fire Starter Sessions is an apathy-kicking, integrity-infusing guide to defining success on your own terms.

As the creator of DanielleLaPorte.com - deemed "the best place online for kick-ass spirituality," Danielle LaPorte’s straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have inspired over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and success concepts:

  • Life balance is a myth, and the pursuit of it is causing us more stress then the craving for balance itself.
  • Being well-rounded is over-rated. When you focus on developing your true strengths, you enter your mastery zone.
  • Screw your principles (they might be holding you back).

We have ambition backwards. Getting clear on how you want to feel in your life + work is more important than setting goals. It's the most potent form of clarity that you can have, and it's what leads to true fulfillment.

Download the accompanying reference guide.

©2012 Danielle LaPorte (P)2012 Random House

What the Critics Say

"Danielle LaPorte is scary smart, yet so kind and practical that she kindles the fire in you without causing you to feel consumed by the flames. She has the knowledge you need to succeed. Lean in and listen close. What she has to say is what our spirits need to hear." (Martha Beck, author of Steering by Starlight)

"The revolution you’ve been waiting for, it will shake up and wake up every aspect of your life. Danielle LaPorte offers soulful wisdom to create a blueprint for moguls, spiritual rock stars, and lovers of life. Skinny-dip headfirst into this hot and fabulous book. I dare you." (Kris Carr, author of Crazy Sexy Diet)

"Danielle’s passion leaps off the page, and reading a few chapters of this book will ignite you into action.” (Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project)

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    Matthew Falls Church, VA, United States 03-06-13
    Matthew Falls Church, VA, United States 03-06-13 Member Since 2008
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    "Everything you dread about a self help book"
    Would you try another book from Danielle LaPorte and/or Danielle LaPorte?

    No. The author gives a pretty clear picture of herself in the book, and I don't think she has anything relevant to say.


    Has The Fire Starter Sessions turned you off from other books in this genre?

    Yes and No. I love books in this genre, but only when they are actually insightful, original, or well structured. This book was none of these. I will continue to seek out books like Rework, the Four Hour Work Week, and Happiness Advantage, but be more wary of "Soulful" works that just string together cute contemporary sayings.


    How did the narrator detract from the book?

    The narrator was the author, which has generally (but not always) been a bad idea. The narrator's voice and tone are sappy from beginning to end. But then again, the material is totally sappy, so I guess it fits in that sense.


    If you could play editor, what scene or scenes would you have cut from The Fire Starter Sessions?

    I would not have allowed myself to be an editor to this book. I would have told the publisher that it's not fit to print.


    Any additional comments?

    Self help books are often seen by close-minded people as an amalgamation of pop psychology, teaching goofy and cliche lessons like "believe in yourself" and "define your life on your own terms." That's too bad since there is a growing number of books that can truly empower the reader to effect positive change in his or her life and community. This book enforces the mistaken notion that self help books are written for flakes and by flakes. This is absolutely the flakiest, most cliche, bad advice I've ever been exposed to. Bad, bad, bad... and this coming from a guy who loved The Happiness Advantage and Outliers.

    2 of 4 people found this review helpful
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    Linsey 02-04-13
    Linsey 02-04-13 Member Since 2013
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    "MUST Read/Listen!"

    Absolutely wonderful! Danielle LaPorte is insightful and enlightened, but extremely real and relate-able. I also bought the hardcover book, and I'm going to make this a quarterly listen/read. Poignant and powerful - plus LaPorte has a great reading voice!

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    BayGirl 12-04-12
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    Would you consider the audio edition of The Fire Starter Sessions to be better than the print version?

    It depends. I love listening to Danielle speak. She's got so much life in her voice. I have the book and I actually use them together because there are activities that the book covers and it's helpful to have them written out for you to complete as opposed to listening to them and trying to write them all down.


    What other book might you compare The Fire Starter Sessions to and why?

    Feel It Real by Denise Coates. But a lot more in depth and a lot less new-agey. I think Danielle wrote a book that was easy to access in terms of "radical" thoughts and exercises to help you work through them.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    I liked her chapter on Core Feelings a lot. Just trying to figure out what those things are for you are amazing at centering you and guiding you to the right answers for what you want to do in your life.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The part when she asked her son what it felt like to be alive.


    Any additional comments?

    I'm actually reading the book as well as listening to the book. It's really a little workshop and going through it is helpful. I think Danielle has written a book that's useful for people who want to be themselves and find a path that seems true to them. I also think her voice is just wonderful to listen to. She's calming but also has so much energy and vitality that you can hear as she's going through her book. If she ever does any live courses I am looking forward to attending!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Donna Hamilton, New Zealand 09-17-12
    Donna Hamilton, New Zealand 09-17-12
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    "Initially different...then captivating! Loved it."
    Where does The Fire Starter Sessions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    Great audio to listen to at any time, in the car, snippets of chapters, in the gym, on the yoga mat.


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    Triccia D. Ramos NYC 09-10-12
    Triccia D. Ramos NYC 09-10-12

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    "This book truly lives up to its name!"
    Would you listen to The Fire Starter Sessions again? Why?

    Yes absolutely! This got me taking powerful action in my life that will cause positive changes for years to come!


    What does Danielle LaPorte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    The emotion behind her voice brought the book to life.


    Was this a book you wanted to listen to all in one sitting?

    Yes, but it was also a book I wanted to playback over and over.


    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Will United States 08-30-12
    Will United States 08-30-12 Member Since 2014
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    "This is my favorite audio book!!!"

    Every once in a while you come across someone who is a teacher...a teacher of life, of hard knocks and who has the natural ability to inspire. Danielle LaPorte is a natural. Her ideas hit deeply - and she delivers this with the perfect voice. Well done! Bravo!!!

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Andreina Caracas, Venezuela 07-26-12
    Andreina Caracas, Venezuela 07-26-12
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    "Simply awesome!!"

    As for the content, reading/listening to this is an eye-opening experince with the potencial of being a life changing one! for me it was so I'll be recomending this book for a long time.

    I read the first chapter of the print version of this book (it's available for free on daniellelaporte.com) and it was great but I have to say that listening to this book narrated by the writter itself it's fantastic!! Why? Because you get to listen the emotions and enfasis she puts behind the words so you get the info as she intended to, so I think this fact takes this book to another level.

    Well, having said that I would also say that sometimes the same audio nature of this piece makes it difficult to diggest the info and belive me, there is a lot to diggest, so I found myself pausing and replaying a lot! So this is definitely something to consider. My personal opinion is that the replaying and pausing it's totally worth it.

    If you do buy this audiobook make sure you download the pdf that comes with it (It's a workbook that normally comes as part of the print version), although this workbook is read as part of the audiobook it's definitely useful to have it written.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    jennifer mexico df, Mexico 07-02-12
    jennifer mexico df, Mexico 07-02-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Real, heartfelt, inspiring"
    What did you love best about The Fire Starter Sessions?

    What I liked best was hearing a fresh outlook on a common theme, and by feeling the insights this book offers so clearly, I recognized many truths that resontate with my own vision.


    What other book might you compare The Fire Starter Sessions to and why?

    Women who Run With the Wolves, by Clarissa Pinkola Esthes.
    Both empower women to follow their true calling


    What does Danielle LaPorte bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Her clarity, her wisdom, her depth


    If you were to make a film of this book, what would be the tag line be?

    Discover your true passion


    Any additional comments?

    The insights DLP shares in this book are life changing

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    P. Tremblay 06-22-12
    P. Tremblay 06-22-12 Member Since 2013
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    "One of my favorite."
    What made the experience of listening to The Fire Starter Sessions the most enjoyable?

    It's totally refreshing: the stories, and the way it unfolds. Lots of questions and things to ponder. Many great insights, etc.


    What other book might you compare The Fire Starter Sessions to and why?

    Effortless Success by Michael Neill, because I think they build a bit on the same bases, and both are very original, refreshing, and insightful.


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    The whole book moved me.


    Any additional comments?

    I highly recommend this book, and hope it resonates with you.

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful
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    Clint Kelowna, BC, Canada 06-22-12
    Clint Kelowna, BC, Canada 06-22-12 Member Since 2012
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    "Awesome and inspiring!!!"
    Would you recommend this audiobook to a friend? If so, why?

    I would recommend this book to anyone who wants to benefit from real and relevant business experience


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    Danielle LaPorte does a masterful job of narrating - her passion and inflection draws you in and makes you feel like you are really with her on this journey.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Love the no BS - keeping it real message.


    Any additional comments?

    I have a lot of real life business experience and I could identify closely with her stories and message

    0 of 0 people found this review helpful

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