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You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life | [Jen Sincero]

You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.
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Publisher's Summary

Audie Award Winner, Personal Development, 2014

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.

Via chapters such as "Your Brain Is Your Bitch," "Fear Is for Suckers," and "My Subconscious Made Me Do It," Sincero takes you on a wild joy ride to your own transformation, helping you create the money, relationships, career, and general all-around awesomeness you so desire. And should you be one of those people who dreads getting busted with a self-help book in your hands, fear not.

Sincero, a former skeptic herself, delivers the goods minus the New Age cheese, giving even the snarkiest of poo-pooers exactly what they need to get out of their ruts and start kicking some ass. By the end of You are a Badass, you will understand why you are how you are, how to love what you can't change, how to change what you don't love, and how to start living the kind of life you used to be jealous of.

©2013 Jen Sincero (P)2013 Tantor

What the Critics Say

"Sincero brings a fun, feminine verve to now well-tread self-help tropes... The tone is far more feisty than academic, and there's humor on every page, all of which is exactly what her intended audience most needs." (Publishers Weekly)

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    Amazon Customer Vestal, NY 06-02-14
    Amazon Customer Vestal, NY 06-02-14

    PC Gamer & Tech Enthusiast

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    "Good at times"
    Would you say that listening to this book was time well-spent? Why or why not?

    Only during a few moments.


    What was most disappointing about Jen Sincero’s story?

    The entire story as repetitive.


    Which scene was your favorite?

    Often the quotes in beginning of each chapter.


    Was You are a Badass worth the listening time?

    Only for the quotes.


    Any additional comments?

    Has a few good moments but overall is often repetitive. She always goes back to love yourself. I also disagree that if you wish for a million bucks it will somehow manifest. The only way to really make money is to work for it. Yes she is right we need to reach higher goals by putting in the effort, but just wishing for the universe to bring me what i want is unrealistic.

    39 of 44 people found this review helpful
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    KIM California, USA 07-13-14
    KIM California, USA 07-13-14 Member Since 2012

    Kim

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    "Way too much counterfactual new-age nonsense"
    What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

    Removing the 80% of this book that confidently makes bold assertions about how the world works with respect to "source energy", "connecting" to said source energy, how energy vibrates and vibrates at certain frequencies, how we want our energy to vibrate at higher frequencies and how our energy vibrating attracts anything that vibrates at the same frequency, etc.

    I read to learn and not just to reaffirm my existing worldview. Yet, for me, far far too much time is spent making these extraordinary and - from my perspective - implausible assertions.

    One does not need to agree with, or even understand, everything in a book to benefit from it, but I do prefer to find some common ground to build on before starting to accept new assertions.

    None of the claims about energy and frequencies and attractions are new at all, of course. To the contrary, I think that at this point we do have reason to believe that those claims are false.

    I really did make an effort to sit through the parts that make these claims I think are very likely false; all the while trying to see them as allegorical and trying to extract whatever benefit and meaning from them I could. Eventually it seemed to me that I just couldn't recognize the world I live in with what the author spent the vast majority of the time conveying.

    So why don't I just live-and-let-live, and allow people with a worldview different from my own to benefit from this book in whichever way they can? I do. Nothing I'm saying here interferes with that. I'm writing this for people like myself so they can have an idea about what they're getting in to.


    Has You are a Badass turned you off from other books in this genre?

    No, not at all.


    What reaction did this book spark in you? Anger, sadness, disappointment?

    Disappointment


    Any additional comments?

    If you prefer your self-help more evidence based, have a look at anything by Kelly McGonical.

    66 of 77 people found this review helpful
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    Moe 06-26-14
    Moe 06-26-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Finding your inner BadAss"
    What did you love best about You are a Badass?

    This Book will inspire you to be better....reminding & guiding you to be better than where you are now....


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You are a Badass?

    "There is nothing more unstoppable than a freight train of fuck yeah"....(Yep, she throws a few "F" bombs around haha)


    Which character – as performed by Jen Sincero – was your favorite?

    She does a great job with the presentation of the material.


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from You are a Badass?

    So many....a few stand out moments for me where regarding time & money. Showing "respect" to these two very important life spokes....she presents material in a very "Real" way. It's not a lecture....It's a "Hey, get your ass in gear....& get the fuck on the fuck"...haha (whatever that means:). It's all the great material from all the good books rolled into one. It's good. You will enjoy....


    Any additional comments?

    I have read all the "Good Books"....This is the best....It's entertaining & inclusive of all the Good Lessons. She tells it to ya in a real way. I am a 48 year old Male. I loved it. Listening for the 5th time and don't ever plan to stop....it's a great resource.

    17 of 20 people found this review helpful
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    Michail 06-19-14
    Michail 06-19-14 Member Since 2011
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    What would have made You are a Badass better?

    This has nothing to do with anything. 5 Hours of talking in circles.


    Would you ever listen to anything by Jen Sincero again?

    No.


    Would you be willing to try another one of Jen Sincero’s performances?

    No.


    What character would you cut from You are a Badass?

    The narrator.


    Any additional comments?

    This is a bunch of new age if you think it, then you will get it. The basis of this book is about vibrating at the same frequency as your desires to attract the like vibrations. Blah, Blah, Blah horrible. Useless.

    51 of 66 people found this review helpful
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    Lynn 10-31-14
    Lynn 10-31-14 Member Since 2014
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    "One of my favorites"
    Would you listen to You are a Badass again? Why?

    I have already listened to this book two days in a row, I absolutely love it and plan to listen again. It gives you a step by step plan on manifesting your best life!


    What did you like best about this story?

    The what & the how to align physical & spiritual action steps.


    Have you listened to any of Jen Sincero’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    This is the first time I've listened to Jen Sincero, now I'm hooked! Loved her performance!


    What insight do you think you’ll apply from You are a Badass?

    Meditating for manifestation. Aligning myself up with what I really want, so that I can be, do , and have it!


    Any additional comments?

    I want more of Jen!! Looking forward to hearing more of her work. Excellent!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Elizabeth Alaska 10-26-14
    Elizabeth Alaska 10-26-14 Member Since 2012

    Elizabeth, Artist, Alaska...

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    "Surprisingly enjoyable"

    Sincery reiterates a lot of the self-help genre's methods, and madness, but seemingly with a fresh voice. She's witty, self-referential, admits her failings and is very, very human. Put in her voice, many of the activities/behaviors/ideas take on a new meaning.
    Definitely enjoyed it.
    Also---really appreciated her talking about the energy and vibrations of the world within us and between us. Call it God, call it the Force; I got it.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Lita 10-20-14
    Lita 10-20-14
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    "No Holding back."
    Would you consider the audio edition of You are a Badass to be better than the print version?

    I rarely read printed versions, i commute and listening gives the special exclamation point in the sentences that the writer means to, instead of the reader assuming that is the important part.


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You are a Badass?

    Many. she talks like I do, no holes barred, honest & straightforward she is the girlfriend who WILL tell you "yes your ass does look big in that dress". and everybody needs a girlfriend like that.


    Have you listened to any of Jen Sincero’s other performances before? How does this one compare?

    no I have not but probably going to now.


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

    no, only because I like to absorb each chapter to be sure i learned something from it. Although it is educational it is also very entertaining. she always has an example for the point she is making and they are usually quite funny examples.


    Any additional comments?

    If swearing offends you this is probably not for you. I personally feel somethings need spice and somethings need more than an exclamation point to get your point across! some people sugar coat and worry about politically correctness so much that the true meaning is lost. She does not sugar coat. I came away from this book with a new outlook and ambition to get off my butt and do things I have been putting off and experience life more fully so I can be the bad-ass I was meant to be.

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Prsilla 09-09-14
    Prsilla 09-09-14 Member Since 2014

    Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.

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    "One Listen Changed My Life!"

    I've been trying for 50 years (as an adult) to get my life together. I've read all the books and when I could remotely afford to, I went to seminars and airy-fairy weekends. This youngster comes along and in just a couple of hours gives me back a condensed version of all this wisdom in a way that made me want to -- uh, do the rest of my life like I mean it and tell it like it is. I'm selling on eBay and after a power outtage my computer would not start. I called around and was called "Ma'am" in a way that meant disrespect and told I need a new computer. I finally found someone who said he would replace the starter button for $20, but he did not call back as promised and got upset when I called to check on his progress. Three days went by. I am churning with Jen's awesome input about quit telling your stories (my car broke down; my computer runs Windows XP; I was the family scapegoat; I'm low-income; I'm probably too old and too fat, etc.) and take charge! Decide! Get up and do it! Well, then she offers many ways to get up and do it! She offers all kinds of easy strategies to "get there" from here, break it down into doable chunks, if you're really up for the trip. I tried a little meditation, asked God what to do with my Friday, and called the computer guy to say I want it today, fixed or not. When I got there, he gave me hell and watched me carry the huge CPU out to my car. I drove to another storefront which purported to be woman-owned. This precious Minnie Driver look-alike admired my old computer, got busy and gave me a "veterans discount." The shop was busy. I was happy to wait, thinking without the inspiration of Jen's neat book, I'd have been a victim and never met this wonderful computer goddess! Turned out she's the single mom of a two-year-old. She jumped out of an airplane at Burning Man to marry her true-love in 2008. They had crossed the country to live out west. He died two years ago sky-diving, may not have met his daughter. His widow keeps going, using what she learned from him to run his computer repair shop. And completed jobs are lined up on a shelf with their cords wound neatly on top of invoices ready for pick-up by pleased owners! It feels SO MUCH better to push out love and admiration than to sit grumbling in the gutter! . . . Jen says to envision, to dream. I know I don't have the money to travel; seen a lot already; I'm probably washed up for travel. Oh, no! They were talking on NPR about travel on the Dalmatian Coast which my parents had loved. Suddenly I listen with new ears thanks to Jen; I really want to see all that, try the foods, walk on the beaches! . . . The computer lady is going to install upgrades for me. Then I can do FB. If I still want to! Meanwhile some people ganged up on me in a FB group. It really hurt. I lost friends. I had the clarity to see their silly games and bail -- take care of myself, move on!

    This is a powerful book! Jen has heard all the excuses. She knows all the traps. She talks fast giving all kinds of ideas in a great tumble of words. She touches on all kinds of problems that can hang us up for months or years. I have been diagnosed depressed and have kicked my meds. I know about depression, family pressure, music performance anxiety. Jen offers help for all these things. She has had the courage in her own life to try all sorts of wild and crazy things. She uses the F-word. As do I. To hell with people who turn off their ears and brains, stopped by a couple of word choices! She's had her own rock band and been to India. She has a website. Go see, watch her spiel on the home page. I believe a listen to this book would lift someone of any age, either sex, any body type, any ethnicity -- anyone who is not having the life they had hoped for. And I'm only on the second listen. Thank you, Jen! I love you!

    2 of 2 people found this review helpful
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    Meisha Eugene, Oregon, United States 12-15-13
    Meisha Eugene, Oregon, United States 12-15-13 Member Since 2013
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    "Edgy self help"
    Where does You are a Badass rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

    It is an entertaining self help book. I am listening a second time. I am glad that I own it. I also like the fact it was read by the author.


    Who was your favorite character and why?

    It was a self help book so I guess Jen because she seems like someone I would be friends with.


    What about Jen Sincero’s performance did you like?

    It was lively and entertaining.


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

    Time to be you.


    11 of 14 people found this review helpful
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    A. Peterson 05-08-14
    A. Peterson 05-08-14
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    "Loved it, bitches!"
    Would you listen to You are a Badass again? Why?

    Yes, as a matter of fact, I bought the book, so I could highlight all of the useful shit!


    What was one of the most memorable moments of You are a Badass?

    I enjoyed all of it.


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

    She's funny!


    Any additional comments?

    I thought it was a great book. I'm not sure I agree with all of it, but most of it seemed awesome to me. She's my new hero
    :)

    14 of 19 people found this review helpful
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