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Publisher's Summary

I am addicted to positivity. I am addicted to positivity. I am addicted to positivity.

I care more about feeling great than being great.

I am NOT THAT GREAT.

The self-help industry tells you that if you're positive, if you put your best foot forward, and if you just believe in yourself that you will find happiness. Let's be real. You can read all the inspirational quotes you want. You can spend your days giving yourself affirmations in your heart-shaped mirror and trying to learn to love yourself. You can say your mantra over and over again while sitting cross-legged on a yoga mat in a Whole Foods parking lot. But the truth is, you're not a badass, and you still don't have the life you want. That's where You're Not That Great (but neither is anyone else) comes in. This book teaches you how to harness all the negativity in the world and use it to improve your life, taking everyday feelings like self-loathing, regret, and shame and making them work for you. Positive thinking is for assholes. Negative thinking is for winners.

©2017 Elan Gale (P)2017 Hachette Audio

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Ironically, so great!

This book, “counter-intuitively”, to the title was one of the most motivating books I have read/listened to in a long time. It induced a paradigm shift that I plan to embrace.

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  • JB
  • ROANOKE, VA, US
  • 12-27-17

Not your typical self help book

For a self help junkie like myself this book was the opposite of everything I had read before. I was shocked and had to laugh at some of the things in this book and wonder wow maybe I have been thinking wrong this entire time. Keep am open mind and you will love this book.

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just no :(

Just no... if you can make yourself stomach the majority of it, the last 4 chapters have some great information & thoughts, and are more what I expected and hoped this book to be!

I really wanted to love this, but the first three quarters of it consist of the author being bitter and mean spirited toward anyone or any idea that differs from his own. There is little to no cohesion and the book is hard to follow as he bounces from idea to idea. All the while he continues to talk himself up, while bashing the rest of all of humanity. Dissaponited. :(

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Nega-Scott

Without the negative there can be no positive, and with that said reflect upon yourself.

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Harnessing the Winds of Negativity to Sail Onward

This book defies description. The author makes you mad. He makes you sad. He builds you up. And then he knocks you down again.

If doing mantras in the mirror is working for you, keep that up. But if you find yourself frustrated by going meaning encouragement and sycophantic praise, it's time to make some changes.

Personally I've been an ardent student of the self-development community since 2012. It wasn't until late in 2015 that I started getting the negative messages from key allies that fueled my ego with a burning desire to prove them wrong. Until that point, I'd been driven by the hunger to prove my self wrong about my inner doubts.

If you take the advice as intended, you're going to experience some negative emotions along the way through this is a book. That's a good thing. Hold onto those bad feelings, they will fuel your passion.

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Gritty and realistic, necessary read

Refreshing and realistic, funny and fun filled. A gold way to get the feedback needed to get to the next level. Love the honesty in this book! 100% would recommend to those with a curious and insatiable thirst for success and self improvement.

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Not helpful

You want honesty, I'll give you honesty: this book had a promising concept but is majorly frustrating and not worth the read. It spends most of its content trying to convince you of something you already know - that you're not that great. No one who picks up a book called "You're not that great" needs that amount of convincing!

I picked it up because I wanted some actual insight on how to hold myself accountable for my bullshit and use my anxiety to be productive. Did it do that? Sort of, about 5% of the time, when it wasn't busy kicking in open doors or trying to be funny instead of useful.

Also, some of this advice is just harmful. I know what I get like if I don't take time off now and then - I become an irritable, egocentric shell of a human who's no good to anyone. No thanks.

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The ending was endearing!

The first few chapters were a little hard for me to get through, but the ending talking about alcohol and weight issues was very endearing and made me fall back in love with Elan.

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Love the point of view!

What did you love best about You're Not That Great?

I loved that the writer was honest and gave a completely different perspective than I am used to hearing.

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Good message but lacking explicit strategies

This book provides a good description of a new way of thinking, why the old way is not helping you achieve your goals, and why this new way is better. But it lacks explanation of how this really works. Other than simply mind over matter, it does not offer many ideas. You are on your own to figure out how you will take this new information and apply it to your life. Not a bad thing as we are all different and will interpret this differently, just an observation.

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