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)
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!
I found nothing original in her thinking; just a bunch of cliches, one on top of the other with cursing to spice it up. I think she went to the Chelsea Handler school of communication.
This book starts as a good pep-talk that evolves into business lecture type advice and the far-too-common trope of you can have anything you believe ala "the Secret". If you like "the Secret" or "E2"(E-squared) this is a good book for you. It can be great inspiration to reach for your dream but to me it also seems a cruelty to anyone with a major disease or misfortune and it fosters a sense of entitlement and/or self-centeredness.
I like "the War of Art" (Steven Pressfield) much better as an inspiration on how to be a badass, it is also available on this site.
..."you see the person you used to be as a foolish bumbler with poor taste but your current self as a badass who is worthy of at least 3 times the praise" -- David McRaney ("You Are Not so Smart").
and a penny for your thoughts
A few original ideas maybe. Not sure this book can be saved for anyone familiar with even basic philosophy or who hasn't been under a rock the past 5 years. It might be a good introduction for someone who does not read and is unfamiliar with the basic concept of cause and effect.
Spend less effort spent trying to be "hip" and 'cute". It doesn't work. It comes off, not someone who IS hip but someone desperately trying to sound hip.
articulate, intelligible, average
The FIRST thing I'd do is explain to Ms Sincero the concept of a double negative "could care less"?! HOW does this get past an editor?
Ironically, the fact that Ms. Sincero was able to get her book noticed and sold is proof of what she says, that anyone can do anything if they apply themselves to their dream. Good advice and as I said, it's ironic that getting a book which simply rehashes the best of what's already been said, is proof that what she says works. Ha!
If you believe in "I am connected to the source energy at the same frequency", or "love yourself and you will have it all" or "using low-class language makes me seem cool and funny", or "the universe wants you to be happy", or "buy the expensive Audi on credit, and the money will automatically flow your way", or you like silly humor ...then this book is for you.
If you're a sophisticated, pragmatic person, who believes in using the existing reality you're living in to your advantage and taking calulcated risks and introducing real long term solutions to achieve your goals, I recommend you find other self help books.
Nothing from this author
Trying to be funny constantly
Way too into god, and being weak without religion.
Better than this for sure!
Disappointment, I expect books like this to be empowering. It was more like The Secret, talking about how "the universe" will line up if only you believe in it.
If you can get past the whining, there might be some good points in this book.. I just couldn't.
I doubt it.
I like that she challenges the listener to apply these tactics in their life and test them out for themselves. Wasn't thrilled by the "what do you have to lose? Your life sucks anyway." vibe. To each their own.
Narration was good. I enjoyed the energy.
It is worth a listen for some of the gems you'll pick out.
Musican, Writer, Heathen
This is really a another in a long list of "the universe loves you and really wants you to be a powerhouse, mmkay?" type books. I was looking for something a little more substance and a little less wish fulfillment fantasy.
I will give the author that she is, at points, genuinely funny, which is great, but doesn't really improve on the substance of the material.
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 -
Getting to the point
I don't like how it was written. It seems like everything was repetitive from every other book but dumbed down
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