I read a self-help book for the first time this summer.
Can you believe that?!
In the past, I felt like there was a stigma attached to buying and reading self-help books. Like if you were good enough, you didn’t need them. Or if you needed them, it meant you were broken, weak, or messed up.
I’ve since learned that it is quite the opposite. Reading self-help books is investing in your personal growth. That takes strength, courage, and a whole lot of discipline. Most people are perfectly content ignoring their problems, never growing or changing. It is mature and impressive to work on yourself. What could be better than helping yourself?
So this summer, I picked up You Are A Badass by Jen Sincero and let me tell you, I have been missing out!
I could likely write a review as long as the actual book about how amazing this is so I will try to keep it short: You need to read this!
Ever since college, I haven’t really made time for reading because I think I’m “too busy”. You Are A Badass was a great book to start up with because it’s a quick read. Even though it’s 244 pages, Sincero’s diction is light and conversational. Most chapters start out with a few paragraphs introducing the idea or “lesson.” Then, they break down into numbered, actionable steps. I tore through this book, but even when I went a while without reading, it was so easy to pick back up where I left off.
Jen Sincero’s voice is a unique quality, which makes this book so great. She talks to you as a friend and gets extremely real, sharing some of her toughest moments. This helped me because it didn’t make me feel I was being belittled by some disconnected, holier-than-thou author. It feels like “we’re all in this together,” which I love.
At the same time, this book is not just positive fluff. Sincero doesn’t just get real about her own experiences but make you get real about your own sh*t too. She’s tough in an understanding way. Basically saying, “I get that it sucks, but you’re doing this and you know it’s not helping you. So come on, let’s do something about it!”
By sharing her insights into life challenges that most of us have, Sincero makes you reflect on how you typically deal with the same type of scenarios. She then provides profound statements that change your perspective. After reading the book, I found myself continuing to think about Sincero’s words and how they were applicable in my life. There were many chapters that I “retitled” with a specific relationship or experience I had because they were that spot on. I started to view some challenges in my life differently and changed my reactions.
I filled my copy of You Are A Badass with highlighter ink and wrote down three sheets worth of quotes I loved. Here are just a few to give you a taste:
- Every human is born with the ability to make spectacular mistakes. You are not alone, screwing up is not your special skill.
- All that matters is what’s true for you, and if you can stay connected to that without straying, you will be a might superhero.
- You don’t have to know where it’s going to take you. You just need to start with one thing that feels right and keep following right-feeling things and see where they lead.
- Let yourself off the hook if you don’t have that one, big, perfect thing that you know you came here to do, and feel good about the fact that you’ll probably fulfill several callings throughout your life.
- You’ve received awesomeness before, so of course, you can receive awesomeness again.
- Expand your beliefs about what is available to you in all areas of your life.
So if you’re thinking of getting into self-help books, dip your toe in the water with You Are A Badass!