Book Review: You Are a Badass

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

Rating: 5 stars
Published: 4/23/13
Genre: Self-Help
Read: 10/15/17


Summary from Goodreads:


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, sage advice, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word. If you’re ready to make some serious changes around here, You Are a Badass will help you: Identify and change the self-sabotaging beliefs and behaviors that stop you from getting what you want, blast past your fears so you can take big exciting risks, figure out how to make some damn money already, learn to love yourself and others, set big goals and reach them – it will basically show you how to create a life you totally love, and how to create it NOW.

By the end of You Are a Badass, you’ll 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 use The Force to kick some serious ass.

To start off, I need to say this: I’m not a self-help book reader. I think my mom forced me to read some Chicken Soup for the Soul when I was a kid, but I can’t think of a single self-help book I’ve chosen to pick up myself. Until I saw You Are a Badass. Honestly, I think it’s the “bad word” on the cover – that kind of thing gets me. By saying all that, I mean to tell you that I really don’t have anything to compare this to.

That aside, I really did enjoy this book, for reasons other than the cursing sprinkled throughout. I love that a lot of the ideas are really just common sense, but it really does help to have someone say it out loud (or in print) to your face. It’s also nice that the author included so many personal examples – she’s lived this, it’s not just some random crap she’s spitting out to try to make money.

Spoiler alert: Love yourself!

Seriously, that’s the end of every chapter. I love it. It’s cute and it is so so so true. For you to want to make positive change in your life, to feel you truly deserve whatever it is you are striving for, you have love and respect the hell out of yourself. Unfortunately, that’s not the easiest thing to do. To help with that, there are a lot of little exercises throughout the book to help you take apart a lot of the trash talk you give yourself, how to get rid of you “can’ts,” “shouldn’ts,” and “I nevers” , how to give in order to get, and many other things. I will admit, I did not do them while I was reading. I would like to go back to try them out though. Well, maybe. We’ll see. I will anyway.

I think this would be a good book to go back through, just reading one chapter at a time to get a bit of a reminder in that subject. Unfortunately, not all the chapter titles would be helpful for something like that. They all have silly titles or something that is understandable once you’ve started reading the chapter. But not so understandable when looking through the table of contents.

Overall, You Are a Badass is a silly, feel good, love yourself kind of book. It did encourage me to start working more towards what I truly want in life (for example, starting this blog and my bookstagram), and feel good about doing them. I would recommend it if you’re wanting some “easy” fixes.

Have you read You Are a Badass? What are your thoughts? How does it compare to other self-help books? What books have helped you make positive change in your life?

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