You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
Published by Running Press Adult
While I’m not hugely into self-help books, I can find them, ahem, helpful from time to time, especially when I hear they have applicable advice about issues that I truly struggle with. You Are a Badass promised exactly that – according to the publisher, the book should 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.” And it’s not that I dislike my life or hate myself or anything that extreme, but I struggle with insecurity and anxiety, am sort of bummed out about my job right now, and just kind of wondering if I should be actively looking to change anything about my life in order to be more successful. So – did the book help me at all?
In short, not really. I like Sincero’s message but I didn’t feel that she told me anything I didn’t already know. I could give myself this advice if I really sat down and thought about it, really took the time to think about why I’m unhappy at work and why I feel that I am not in a career that I absolutely love and was born to do. I also don’t feel that she had much to say about real issues, such as depression and anxiety, that aren’t cured by getting off your ass and doing something while loving yourself at the same time. This advice is great, and is meaningful to a lot of people, but for a person really struggling with depression and/or anxiety it may not help much.
That being said, I liked the book and found a few pieces of inspiration within its pages. I recommend the book for someone who needs a simple kick in the ass but not much more than that.