Book Review: You are a Badass by Jen Sincero
This book with quite a scandalous name is written by Jen Sincero. It is a short read which was published in 2013. The book seems to have made a comeback because of its subject. You are a Badass is all about self-help, a technique that is appearing all over social media these days.
Jen Sincero is a New York Times bestselling author and a career, life and success coach. Personal development or self-help is a very healthy practice for one’s growth and she talks about this in the book.
You are a Badass is a collection of short narrative stories from the author’s life, which she shares so the readers can also use the information to help themselves in life. The book is about how she learnt from her struggles and indecisiveness, and tips and tricks for you to not make the same misjudgments. Let us see what this book has in store for us.
“If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you have to do things you’ve never done.”
At the start of the book, Jen Sincero tells us to buckle up, and be bold. If you want to experience a changed life, we need to do new things and try new ways. She believes we are all a part of a higher connection: that we are energy moving along in the universe. We need to understand that like attracts like. To tap into the vibration you desire, you need to raise your vibration to the same level.
Some hard facts of life that Sincero highlights in the book are:
- Everybody makes mistakes in their lives, and you are not special for doing it.
- To make a change, you don’t have to hit rock bottom. Just decide to make a change.
- To kick ass, you have to lift your foot off the ground.
- Never apologise for being you. Respect yourself.
- Who you surround yourself with matters a lot, so ignore the negative people in your life.
- Your thoughts and beliefs will dictate your reality. If you don’t like your reality, change your thoughts and beliefs.
- Sometimes it is better to be happy and wrong than be right and miserable.
- It’s OK to want nice things in life.
- If you quit, you fail. As long as you keep going, you will make progress.
- Procrastination is a form of self-sabotage. People either find a way or find an excuse.
What I liked about this book was that Sincero makes us face some harsh realities. “We always have more time than we think we have. For example, someone may say they don’t have time to clean their office, but they have the time to waste looking for something lost in that office”, she says. This rings true for most of us. All we need is some motivation and value for the job at hand to make time for it.
In the next half, the book talks about important lessons. The first one is to learn to love and forgive yourself much and to stop caring about what people think.
The author rightly goes on to say, “Most answers reveal themselves through doing, not thinking.” But mindful thinking or meditation, of course, is important to be more present and learn to hear our inner voices.
Many of us struggle to make decisions on important matters. Sincero encourages us to be strong-headed in decision-making. She advises us against taking too long to come to a decision because even if you fail, that is completely OK. The questions you should ask yourself when making a decision are:
Is this something I want?
Is this taking me in the direction that I want to go?
Is this going to hurt someone in the process?
Towards the end, You are a Badass talks about how it is not wrong to go after money. It recommends making a detailed plan of how much money you want to earn and making a move towards it.
Jen Sincero is a straight shooter and has a great way with words. She gives several pull-out quotes that visually stand out so you can focus on them. There are numbered to-do lists in every section, which makes it easier to know for sure what the author wants us to do. You are a Badass wants you to take big risks without the sugarcoat!
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