If you find yourself needing a confidence boost, whether it be personally, professionally, or both, Jen Sincero’s You Are a Badass is the book for you! This month, our Marketing Director Becca read this New York Times best seller, and she loved it! Follow along as she shares her thoughts and why she thinks it’s worth reading:
Give us a little overview of the book, You Are a Badass. What is its main goal?
Jen Sincero basically uses the book to help convince you of how awesome you truly are. Whether that means disregarding others’ opinions, finding yourself spiritually, or discovering and embracing your passion, she proves how changing your attitude to look for the best in each situation will make you happier and will present you with better opportunities in life.
Who do you think can benefit from reading this book?
Anyone who’s going through a rough patch, whether it be creatively, professionally, or personally. This book gives you the tools to rebuild your confidence and set you on the track to kick-butt at life.
Did you learn anything from the book that surprised you?
Yes! I’m not a very religious person, and in Chapter 2 she talks all about “The G Word” (AKA God). When I started reading the chapter, I thought “Oh no, what have I gotten myself into…” thinking that the chapter was going to attempt to convince me to go to church or something.
But Sincero basically explains the need for believing in something larger than ourselves – that we are all “connected to this limitless power and most of us aren’t using but a fraction of it”. Whether that “limitless power” is God, The Universe, The Vortex, Spirit, Source Energy, etc.– you should love it because it will love you back and present you with more opportunities.
Has this book changed your viewpoint in any way? If so, how?
Totally. I’ve been trying to start my personal blog since OCTOBER and for some dang reason I can’t seem to get it out in the public for the life of me. There was a chapter all about letting your beginner live alongside your expert (Chapter 12), and that finally got me out of my funk.
If you’ve found something you love doing, when you’re a beginner at it, you find every part of it fascinating and can’t wait to learn more. But as you enter the “expert” phase of that hobby or job or whatever it is, “you become overly critical and hard on yourself and don’t let yourself have nearly as much fun anymore” (107). STORY OF MY LIFE! I work all day at Bloguettes and see all these amazing bloggers doing their thang and I’m afraid to let loose and do it too.
"As you enter the 'expert' phase of your hobby, job, or whatever it is, you become overly critical and hard on yourself and don’t let yourself have nearly as much fun anymore."
Do you have any favorite quotes from the book?
“Stop talking about how busy you are. Focus on what you enjoy about what you do and the spaces in between the doing instead of feeling weighed down by it all. Decide that you live an awesome, relaxed life full of interesting projects that you love doing and communicate that to the world and yourself. And then go out and merrily do it.” (pg. 161)
How do you think the knowledge you gained from this book will benefit you in the future?
It has definitely changed my attitude and my perspective towards achieving my goals. It also has also helped me to manage stress levels! I’m now much more conscious about taking time out of my day to breathe and be thankful.