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.
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"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)
With a stand-out title like "You are a Badass", I expected a down-to-earth, rough around the edges perspective on the self-betterment theme. The LAST thing I expected was more of the same new-age speak that tends to pervade this genre. While the book contains chapters titled like "Your brain is your bitch", the actual content veers into discussions of communicating with the "source energy" of the universe, and "raising your vibrations" through meditation to fulfill your visions. The dissonance between how the book presents itself and the actual content was enough to prompt me to write this review to help inform future potential buyers.
The book is not without its helpful points and uplifting message- I did enjoy aspects of it. However, I'm offended by what seems to me to be a manipulative marketing angle using "curse words" in the title and chapter titles as an attempt to set this book aside from the sea of other self-development books that have similar content and approach.
The narration was great!
As editor, I would have strongly suggested the author remove or rework aspects that veer into new-age speak. "Raising your frequency", "vibrations", "source energy", "yoga", "mantras" are what a book titled "You are a Badass" should NOT contain. With as much time as this books spends on these topics, I'd suggest it be titled "Raising Your Vibrations: How to tap into the Source Energy of the Universe" - then readers would get what they paid for.
The title / cover marketing of this book was successful in that they convinced me to buy the book, but a failure in conveying the mood of the content.
Every now and then we all need to be reminded just how much more we can be, and just how fast it's over. This book serves as a great reminder that you do as much as you can, have as much fun as you can, enjoy this planet as much as you can and love everyone around you as much as you can. Go do those things you love so much and do them now. Don't you dare look back in regret for what you didn't try...
Retired to mountains of California. Sell on eBay as Prsilla. No TV. Volunteer in wildlife rehab. Knit, sew or embroider while listening.
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!
This Book will inspire you to be better....reminding & guiding you to be better than where you are now....
"There is nothing more unstoppable than a freight train of fuck yeah"....(Yep, she throws a few "F" bombs around haha)
She does a great job with the presentation of the material.
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....
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.
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.
No, not at all.
If you prefer your self-help more evidence based, have a look at anything by Kelly McGonical.
If it didn't rely so much on nonsense like manifestation and wishful thinking, I mean, raising your frequency.
Actually be a badass and tell people how to be one instead of more wishful thinking a la the Secret.
Not if she keeps spouting this nonsense. I mean, if it works for her, that is great. But I just can't make myself believe in mystical, magical thinking that is going to swoop in and change my life and the world.
PC Gamer & Tech Enthusiast
Only during a few moments.
The entire story as repetitive.
Often the quotes in beginning of each chapter.
Only for the quotes.
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.
I listened to the audio sample and was immediately put on alert because of the narrators raspy gravelly voice (sorry Jen) - you can judge for yourself in the short audio clip - however, something about the content in the clip hooked me and I took the plunge. I connect with Jen - she strikes me as someone that I would want to spend time with - I also connect with the content and I am a believer in aligning thoughts with the harmony of the universe. Call it what you will, wishing, praying, 'asking and you shall be receiving' -
Amazing things have come my way when I truly believed that they were coming my way - and that is the essence of what Jen is suggesting - in ancient times people went to sites (churches synagogs etc..) to 'pray' - and throughout all of history there are examples of humans trying to connect to the 'Grand PooBah' - and Jen puts a modern spin on the whole idea - plus she is so funny - I am convinced she must be a riot to be with - the book only gets the 3 stars because the humor only translates so/so in this delivery -
I do recommend the book - it was well worth the time spent listening - if refined it could be 4 or 5 stars -
This has nothing to do with anything. 5 Hours of talking in circles.
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.
I probably wouldn't recommend this book to others. While the intent of the book is honourable (giving people inspiration and confidence to live a better life), the means to achieve it is what I can't get behind.
The story would have been more enjoyable if it was not filled with modern-day pseudo-science.
The book is a mash-up of recent concepts, and the basic premise of the storyline is that you deserve abundance, and can achieve it by resonating at the right frequency, harmonizing with energy, manifesting events into being, and attracting what you want just by thinking intensely of it over time. As a guy with a science background, the book just went downhill the more I got through. On a positive note, I definitely appreciate it when the author reads their own material rather than someone who supposedly has the 'right' sound. Jen also has good enthusiasm and personality when reading through the book.
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