You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero

You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

The #1 New York Times Bestseller YOU ARE A BADASS IS THE SELF-HELP BOOK FOR PEOPLE WHO DESPERATELY WANT TO IMPROVE THEIR LIVES BUT DON'T WANT TO GET BUSTED DOING IT. In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sag...

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  • Michel

    "It's not enough to desire something, you've got to want it"

    Seriously?

  • Emmy

    This book was Badass!!!! If you have any mental barriers that are holding you back from achieving your goals then this book is for you! You have to be comfortable with some colorful language, and the idea of the Law of Attraction, but if you're open minded you will get a lot from this book. I've read a lot of books on this subject, but this one was so much more in your face (in a good way) and more easy to put into practice. I plan to read it again right away to make sure I get the full effect!

  • Phil Keeling

    You Are A Bad Ass is the same pseudo-spiritual bunk you hear time and time again from self-help gurus all over the world. It was disappointing, the "sameness" that I got from it. In the end, all that I felt I received was a sweet-faced pep talk from a well-meaning but naïve friend.

    I suppose I went into it hoping that this had a new, more practical take on helping one feel good about oneself in the face of hardship. But in the end, there was just the same "you get what you put out" anecdotal nons

    You Are A Bad Ass is the same pseudo-spiritual bunk you hear time and time again from self-help gurus all over the world. It was disappointing, the "sameness" that I got from it. In the end, all that I felt I received was a sweet-faced pep talk from a well-meaning but naïve friend.

    I suppose I went into it hoping that this had a new, more practical take on helping one feel good about oneself in the face of hardship. But in the end, there was just the same "you get what you put out" anecdotal nonsense that has kept the self-help industry in its happy place for decades, with a few four letter words thrown in to trick people into believing that this book is edgy and thought-provoking.

    It's not.

    You Are A Badass feels like a guidance counselor trying to "connect" with their high school students by sitting down for a "rap session" and telling them "I know how square you must think adults are--but I know how lame life can get some times! Can you dig it? High five!"

    If you're like me, you're looking for some practical, useful rumination on dealing with self-loathing and acceptance. This is another false lead.

    I don't care that your friend's business finally took off after he connected with the spiritual universe. "Putting yourself out there" and "sending out positive energy" is not advice and it doesn't help, no matter how many of your buddies do it. You can't ask me to "go out on a limb" with the spiritual world any better than you can ask me to remove and reattach my leg.

    This "one size fits all" mentality to positive thinking for a better life isn't enough--I'm just deeply disappointed that I was hoodwinked by more of the same with this book.

  • Sarah

    I read one and a half chapters and then stumbled on the whole idea of source energy. If I want some real change in my life, I want real tips and not some esoteric mumbo jumbo. I'm also a bit peeved that the author mentioned in the very beginning that her readers should be open minded about her methods, and if they weren't they should just deal with living a sucky life. As if her methods were the only working ones.

    So I hardly have to mention that I stopped reading it immediately.

  • Karen

    Not good. I can sum up this book pretty quickly. If you want to make a change in your life, or if you are not happy with your life, you are the only one who can make it better. There were a few things that really bothered me. If you are depressed, you cannot simply decide that you are not going to be depressed anymore and get yourself out and have fun. It is apparent that the author has never experienced depression, or been a very sympathetic friend to anyone she knows who has been depressed. I

    Not good. I can sum up this book pretty quickly. If you want to make a change in your life, or if you are not happy with your life, you are the only one who can make it better. There were a few things that really bothered me. If you are depressed, you cannot simply decide that you are not going to be depressed anymore and get yourself out and have fun. It is apparent that the author has never experienced depression, or been a very sympathetic friend to anyone she knows who has been depressed. I also feel that some of her advice is not very practical in the real world. So if I'm a single mom supporting 4-5 kids, and I've always dreamed of starting my own business, I should just quit my job? I should buy expensive things, that I might not be able to pay for? There is some good advice on stopping negative thoughts, but some of the examples of going for what you really want are just not practical for most people.

  • Jennifer

    OMG, this book was so, so good. The message was exactly what I needed to hear. So much craziness is going on in my life right now and I find myself doubting my greatness every...single...day.

    The point

    makes in this self-help book is we are all great, we all have enormous potential, we all possess the power to succeed at absolutely everything we direct our energy towards, but we are also our very own obstacle. Ms. Sincero identifies common thought processes and behaviors that keep us

    OMG, this book was so, so good. The message was exactly what I needed to hear. So much craziness is going on in my life right now and I find myself doubting my greatness every...single...day.

    The point

    makes in this self-help book is we are all great, we all have enormous potential, we all possess the power to succeed at absolutely everything we direct our energy towards, but we are also our very own obstacle. Ms. Sincero identifies common thought processes and behaviors that keep us from living a truly awesome life and she coaches the reader on how to identify them, replace them, and move forward like a badass.

    The first half of this book was absolutely perfect in my opinion - my favorite chapters were the ones about the power of gratitude. The later chapters got a little too new-age for my personal taste, with all the talk about the universe, vibrating energies, and controlling frequencies, but I could see where she was going with it. I benefited from this book and plan to implement some of the suggestions...I already have actually :). It really is great and I highly recommend it. Check it out!

  • Chelsey

    Did I just get tricked into reading a rip-off of The Secret because I liked the title?

  • Laura Bradbury

    *** PSA: Vent Alert***

    I didn't give this review a low rating because Sicero is a bad writer - she is perfectly effective for the task at hand and actually her appealing "ra-ra-go-get'em" voice is what drew me in to begin with. I ultimately bailed however, as I have a Big Problem with the central thesis of this book. Basically it all boils down to the theory that everyone has the power to "manifest" their own reality and if things are not working out for them it is because they are not manifestin

    *** PSA: Vent Alert***

    I didn't give this review a low rating because Sicero is a bad writer - she is perfectly effective for the task at hand and actually her appealing "ra-ra-go-get'em" voice is what drew me in to begin with. I ultimately bailed however, as I have a Big Problem with the central thesis of this book. Basically it all boils down to the theory that everyone has the power to "manifest" their own reality and if things are not working out for them it is because they are not manifesting hard enough and / or not "vibrating" at a high enough level.

    I completely understand the seductive draw of this philosophy i.e. we all control our own destiny. Wouldn't that be simple and lovely? The hard, cold truth - much less palatable to swallow- is that we do not. I do believe that we can choose our attitude most of the time, and that we can choose to give even difficult things in life meaning, but choose what actually happens to us? I'm calling bullshit. I don't buy it.

    You see, the dark underbelly of Sincero's philosophy is that - if taken to its logical conclusion - it blames the victims of misfortune. So...are children with terminal cancer just not manifesting hard enough? Was the generation of Jews brutally murdered in the Holocaust simply not vibrating at the right frequency? How do the manifesters / vibrators (there are many writers that espouse this theory - especially, I have noticed, those published by Hay House) explain that? Sometimes people are served up an unresolvable shit sandwich by life, and making them feel they should be vibrating and manifesting their way out of it kind of lacks humanity, you know?

    It's not like I am some sad sack sitting here at home spending my days feeling sorry for myself and the human race. I have done many things I consider rather badass things in my life - took off to France for a year when I was 17 and spoke zero French, applied and got accepted into Oxford University, bought and renovated four vacation rentals in Burgundy, wrote and self-published four bestselling books, and now I am dealing with a life-threatening medical condition (see above re: shit sandwich) in the most pro-active manner I know how...Nevertheless, my brand of bad-assery does not negate the reality that we don't control everything (much as this fact continues to annoy me). People should not be blamed for the curve balls that life lobs at their heads from time to time. They deserve our empathy and compassion, not to be made to feel as though their situation is their fault. Now go and try to manifest and vibrate your way out of that one! ;)

    ***Vent Over***

  • Kat O'Keeffe

    Listened to the audiobook for this one and really enjoyed it! The advice itself wasn't super original, but it's still a very motivational and inspirational read, and the way the author presents the info is fun and entertaining. I wouldn't classify this as a life-changing read for me, but after each listening session I definitely did feel more motivated to get my shit together, and that is exactly what I wanted from this book, so I'm counting it as a win!

  • Christy

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