Trigger Warning: This novel and review discuss the following: family, relationships, self esteem.
Goodreads Rating: 4 Stars
Way back in February, my KY bestie sent me this text:
She raved about the funny, honest, and conversationally modern writing, and how spot on the author’s advice was. So, I decided that I should give it a read, too. Instead of waiting for the hardcopy, I decided to listen via audiobook, and I’m glad I did. It was like listening to one of your friends give you a reality check, encouragement and advice, and a plan of action all at once. Sincero actually narrates her own book, so you get the full effect of her own words as well. There’s 27 chapters and 256 pages, but the audio is just under 6 hours long, so it’s pretty quick-paced. I felt that because of the modern conversational language Sincero used, it was easy to follow along with her advice and the support behind it. I didn’t get lost in any new-age speak or bogged down in the science and research data.
Sincero explains from the beginning how our ego effects us as humans, and how to essentially deny the ego and take action to achieve happiness- mostly by changing our thought process. (Can you tell I’ve been trying to expand my understanding of what’s going on in my head?!) Summarized, Sincero wants us to:
- Love ourselves as we are- meaning accepting that you are human, not a perfect robot.
“Your job is to be as you as you can be. This is why you’re here. To shy away from who you truly are would leave the world you-less. You are the only you there is and ever will be…”
“Imagine what our world would be like if everyone loved themselves so much that they weren’t threatened by other people’s opinions or skin colors or sexual preferences or talents or education or possessions or lack of possessions or religious beliefs or customs or their general tendency to just be whoever the hell they are.”
- Stop worrying about what other people think.
“You are responsible for what you say and do. You are not responsible for whether or not people freak out about it…”
“Do not waste your precious time giving one single crap about what anybody else thinks of you.”
- Follow your intuition, do what makes you happy and do it NOW. Don’t wait for the timing to be “right”.
“Deciding means jumping in all the way, doing whatever it takes, and going after your dreams with the tenacity of a dateless cheerleader a week before prom night.”
- Have a little faith- however you define it- and think positively.
“Positive thinking is key. Our thoughts are the most powerful tools we’ve got. Through our thoughts we create our realities.”
- Don’t give excuses.
We put so much energy into coming up with excuses why we can’t be, do, or have the things we want, and designing the perfect distractions to keep us from our dreams—imagine how far we’d get if we just shut up and used all that energy to go for it instead?”
I could go on and on with the quotes, trust me. Sincero is completely chock full of these gems, and I thoroughly enjoyed listening to her. If you are into self-help books, need a pep talk, want to learn more about yourself, or need a little motivation to achieve whatever it is you want to achieve, You Are a Badass is the book for you- no matter what format.
Published: April 23, 2013
Publisher: Running Press Adult
TL/DR: You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero is a modern self-help book aimed to help the reader achieve confidence, inspiration, and motivation.
Read it? YES! Or even better, give the audiobook a listen for the best experience.
Recommend it? Yes!
Buy it? Definitely worth the purchase, as you can refer to Sincero’s advice whenever you need it.
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