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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.

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying reference material will be available in your My Library section along with the audio.

©2012 Danielle LaPorte (P)2012 Random House

Critic Reviews

"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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Burning, beautiful inspiration

Love everything about Danielle and this book! Listenening to it sparks my inspiration and makes me want to go out and build my dreambusiness right now! Filled with sooo much wisdom, tools and tips. And Danielles unique way of telling beautiful storys in her own poetic language.
(I also recommend Danielles second book The desire map)

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Loved it!

This book was a suggested read for my coaching course. It was full of spunk, humor and wisdom delivered by a living legend. Highly recommend it.

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Inspiring book with practical advise

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

I like her voice, I think her voice tone is clear, relaxing, and sweet. I haven't bought the print version, I usually listen to books.

What did you like best about this story?

The parts on fear, the parts on not being scared of making happiness your priority over money and other mundane things

Which character – as performed by Danielle LaPorte – was your favorite?

She tries to make her American Southerner voice but although is not even close, she is funny

What’s an idea from the book that you will remember?

Define the worse case scenario, that way fear no longer controls you

Any additional comments?

She drops a few F bombs here and there, I didn't like that on the audio, it may offend some people, I think the F bombs in the audio should be taken off, the book has some beautiful content and then suddenly an F bomb.. just doesn't feel right.

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insight, useful, great voice

Pleasantly surprised how amazing this collection of wisdom is. Wonderful voice to tell the story. practical and useful. On Fire

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This is good

Read by LaPorte, much of the otherwise too cute vernacular is completely authentic. It is intimate, insightful and far less fluffy than I had feared. (Starting a new business? LaPorte's most important advice: "Go and fetch the money." At the same time, she frames how much is enough.)

The text is peppered with apposite and unusual quotes. She is generous to those whose ideas have influenced her, giving acknowledgement and thorough references in case you want more background.

I am precious about my listening time but this one will get a second listen.

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Much Better Read Than Read To

What could have made this a 4 or 5-star listening experience for you?

Danielle LaPorte's books are always fabulous and inspiring, and while her voice is lovely this is one that I would much rather pick up the physical book than listen to just because of the content.

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  • Claire
  • Auckland, New Zealand
  • 06-17-13

A MUST have - so refreshingly honest and helpful

Where does The Fire Starter Sessions rank among all the audiobooks you’ve listened to so far?

TOP x

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

She is awesome :)

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

Listened to it twice in the car over a few weeks

Any additional comments?

Get it x

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  • Stella
  • San Diego, CA, United States
  • 04-18-13

Fiery, soulful, poetic masterpiece!

I highly recommend this book, especially if you are at a major crossroads in your life! I had recently been “laid off” (total blessing!) and needed some soul igniting guidance on how to recreate my dream work for this season of my life.

Some of my favorite quotes from the book are:

"Being your true self is the most effective formula for success."

"Your most valuable currency is what comes most naturally to you."

"If it doesn't light you up, you're not the right person for the job."

"When being real is your priority, the various parts of your life start to groove. Your career will begin to reflect your true passion; your living room will match your values; your friends will fit your soul; and your wealth - of which there are many definitions - will start to measure up with your notion of freedom."

This is seriously some of the best advice I heard in a loooong time. I listened to the audiobook twice already, so I could let the wisdom soak into my being. Plus I LOOOOOVE Danielle's voice!

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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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If I Were A Bell

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!