Jen Sincero’s book is a New York Times Bestseller— so it should come as no surprise that it spoke to me and the million others who purchased it. It can be a challenge to approach life with confidence and eliminate doubt. But You Are A Badass gives concrete examples, strategies, and ideas to do just that. It spoke to me on a personal and professional level because it is chock full of great ideas. I came up with a list of 5 reasons I think you should read the book and see for yourself!
1. It promotes self-exploration. Jen discusses how we come to be and what forms us as human beings. She writes that, “our thoughts become our words, our words become our beliefs, our beliefs become our actions, our actions become our habits, and our habits become our realities.” This spoke to me not just because it’s true, but because it helped me think more about the impact my attitude has on my words and actions. It can be easy to float through life without asking yourself the "why?" behind your thoughts and feelings.
2. It advocates for inclusivity. A fulfilling life isn't reserved for some people. She writes that, “…every single person is born with unique and valuable gifts to share with the world…Living a life on purpose is available to everyone.” This spoke to me because it falls in line with what I have always believed— we all have different and beautiful ways to express ourselves and our talents.
3. It encourages people to be grateful, mindful, and to live in the present moment. There are distinct advantages to living this way. Contentment allows you to fully enjoy what you have. Mindfulness, on the other hand, allows you to understand yourself. Living in the moment gives you the chance to see all of your opportunities and your obstacles as a chance to grow and change. “This is where really being present in the moment becomes handy… you are surrounded by unthinkable miracles and opportunities. Lean back, relax and be grateful that you’re living on purpose…”
4. The book gives strategies for getting stuff done. It's easy to say you'll eat healthy, save money, start that business you've thought about — someday. But "someday" might never come and actually accomplishing those goals, whatever they may be, requires skill and effort. Often, taking the necessary baby steps is unpleasant and reaching the end goal feels insurmountable. Jen's advice is simple and straightforward: “Set honest goals that are just outside your comfort zone and build from there.”
5. It’s honest and persuasive. Jen doesn't scold or sugar coat. In fact, the book is written in a no-nonsense tone that will make you want to give the author's ideas a chance. You Are A Badass is never over-complicated and the language makes it accessible and easy to understand for everyone.
So... have you read You Are A Badass? What did you think? Will you give it a try after seeing my five reasons? Let me know in the comments below.