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)
I listen to a ton of audiobooks, on average 2 a week. This book was the best for me this year. She is hillarious, but she is also hugely inspiring. There were numerous times while listening to the book that I had some major insights into my life. I highly recommend this book.
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!
Wow! This is a kick in the pants, slap you in the face look into the mirror experience. If you are offended by the truth, this is not for you. However, if you are looking for some great common sense advice you will enjoy this book. Jen reminds me that I am a badass (in a good way) and deserve to live accordingly. I gave it a 4 star because it is great! To me, there are only a few books that will ever receive 5 stars...this is close.
If you're easily offended or faint of heart, this work is not for you. But, on the other hand, if you can handle the truth, want what you want with fervor and determination and appreciate a wicked sense of humor and some sharp wit - you are going to love this book.
Jen Sincero is super articulate and hilarious as she goes through each painful subject bringing in humor and levity to knock it outta the park.
Right on, Jen! You are my soul sister.
I've struggled my whole life with self love & self appreciation. Not only that but believing there really is more out there for little ol' me.
I first bought this book, read it up until chapter 21 a couple times. Decided i needed the audio (I believe it whispers in your ear and DIGS deeper - but thats just me ;) ) anywho, been listening to it nonstop, daily & during naps, for about a month now. What a difference. Jen is a bold author who delivers her insight & points of views how it is; it's funny but yet holds a deep sense of love behind what she is telling you through her book.
I appreciate the attitude this book holds, including the language, and the the stories of her own life. Her own doubts, ideas, and moments of lowered energy and how she overcame them. Its relatable!
The other day was 60 days of sobriety for me. Lots of guilt, frustrating times, disbelief of being a good person, but then i get to remember i'm just a little bunny moving forward on this journey & facing challenges to live a badass life & to love myself. There is nothing more empowering than that.
Hopefully, in a round about way this review speaks to someone who is looking for more than a critical view. If you are open to it, this book can & will change your outlook of your life and from there YOU get the chance to change yours.
I f*ing loved this book and can't recommend it highly enough! If only every single person on this planet could read/listen to the no nonsense-in your face-tell it like it is words of wisdom coming from the biggest Badass I've ever heard of- holy cow would we have a completely different human experience in this life! Jen delivers the most enjoyable self help nuggets that are not even original to her, in the most delightful, humorous, enlightening, and soul inspiring way! Don't even hesitate to buy this book!! It is the best investment you will ever make in yourself in becoming the truest Badass you were meant to be!!
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