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You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life

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In this refreshingly entertaining how-to guide, #1 New York Times Bestselling Author and world-traveling success coach, Jen Sincero, serves up 27 bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, sag
Paperback, 256 pages
Published April 23rd 2013 by Running Press Adult
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Jess I quit at 28%; the author needs to get an editor; I took a photo of the phrase "rill protective" it's real. Totally wishing I wouldn't have paid for…moreI quit at 28%; the author needs to get an editor; I took a photo of the phrase "rill protective" it's real. Totally wishing I wouldn't have paid for it. Marked it as finished at 28%, because it's just not "rilly" working for me.(less)
Mikayla One of my all time favourite self help books. Jen Sincero is so real and i think everybody would find this super easy to relate to. Did i say shes…moreOne of my all time favourite self help books. Jen Sincero is so real and i think everybody would find this super easy to relate to. Did i say shes also quite funny, it kind of feels like your talking to your friend . Amazing, this has helped me with getting my A in gear and finish my active travel blog! :)(less)

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Kat O'Keeffe
Jun 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
Listened to the audiobook for this one and really enjoyed it! The advice itself wasn't super original, but it's still a very motivational and inspirational read, and the way the author presents the info is fun and entertaining. I wouldn't classify this as a life-changing read for me, but after each listening session I definitely did feel more motivated to get my shit together, and that is exactly what I wanted from this book, so I'm counting it as a win!
Phil Keeling
Jul 20, 2014 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2014
You Are A Bad Ass is the same pseudo-spiritual bunk you hear time and time again from self-help gurus all over the world. It was disappointing, the "sameness" that I got from it. In the end, all that I felt I received was a sweet-faced pep talk from a well-meaning but naïve friend.

I suppose I went into it hoping that this had a new, more practical take on helping one feel good about oneself in the face of hardship. But in the end, there was just the same "you get what you put out" anecdotal nons
May 16, 2013 rated it did not like it
"It's not enough to desire something, you've got to want it"
Feb 05, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: 2016
Did I just get tricked into reading a rip-off of The Secret because I liked the title?
Jul 20, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: have, book-club-s
Not good. I can sum up this book pretty quickly. If you want to make a change in your life, or if you are not happy with your life, you are the only one who can make it better. There were a few things that really bothered me. If you are depressed, you cannot simply decide that you are not going to be depressed anymore and get yourself out and have fun. It is apparent that the author has never experienced depression, or been a very sympathetic friend to anyone she knows who has been depressed. I ...more
Laura Bradbury
Sep 29, 2016 rated it it was ok
Shelves: zenish-laura
*** PSA: Vent Alert***

I didn't give this review a low rating because Sicero is a bad writer - she is perfectly effective for the task at hand and actually her appealing "ra-ra-go-get'em" voice is what drew me in to begin with. I ultimately bailed however, as I have a Big Problem with the central thesis of this book. Basically it all boils down to the theory that everyone has the power to "manifest" their own reality and if things are not working out for them it is because they are not manifestin

OMG, this book was so, so good. The message was exactly what I needed to hear. So much craziness is going on in my life right now and I find myself doubting my greatness

The point Jen Sincero makes in this self-help book is we are all great, we all have enormous potential, we all possess the power to succeed at absolutely everything we direct our energy towards, but we are also our very own obstacle. Ms. Sincero identifies common thought processes and behaviors that keep us
Jun 14, 2015 rated it did not like it
Shelves: unfinished
I read one and a half chapters and then stumbled on the whole idea of source energy. If I want some real change in my life, I want real tips and not some esoteric mumbo jumbo. I'm also a bit peeved that the author mentioned in the very beginning that her readers should be open minded about her methods, and if they weren't they should just deal with living a sucky life. As if her methods were the only working ones.
So I hardly have to mention that I stopped reading it immediately.
Carolyn Francis
Feb 17, 2015 rated it did not like it
A friend, who will remain nameless for her personal safety, told me that this book changed her life. I am so very happy for her. What I took from Jen Sincero's self-help-memoir was: that I am most definitely not a "badass", that I'm really, really fine with that, and that reading about it did not make me want to "share my awesomeness with the world" so much as contemplate a life of violent crime. Please do not ever, ever read it.
Miranda Reads
Served with a healthy dose of humor, a smidge of sarcasm and plenty of great quotes, Jen Sincero dishes her take on self-help, self- acceptance and (of course) self-love.

This has all the hallmarks of a Self-Help book - cheesy one-liners and a perky "You CAN do it" attitude. I honestly expected it to be just another cookie cutter how to become the real you. Bleh. Needless to say, I was totally ready to hate it.

Yet, the more I read, the more I enjoyed hearing her advice. She's hilarious.
Jul 26, 2013 rated it it was amazing
This book was Badass!!!! If you have any mental barriers that are holding you back from achieving your goals then this book is for you! You have to be comfortable with some colorful language, and the idea of the Law of Attraction, but if you're open minded you will get a lot from this book. I've read a lot of books on this subject, but this one was so much more in your face (in a good way) and more easy to put into practice. I plan to read it again right away to make sure I get the full effect!
Oct 07, 2017 rated it really liked it
4 stars!

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Alexandra Plesa
Feb 24, 2017 rated it it was ok
If no one tells me to love myself for the next five years, that would be great.
Laura Hoffman Brauman
Sep 04, 2016 rated it did not like it
I got the audio of this on sale and I love the title -- but that was the thing I loved the most about it. When I started listening to it, I thought -- okay, maybe a little too "woo-woo" for me, but the tone is fun and it moves quickly and the audio was the right length for the rest of my ride. As I kept listening, I decided it was ok, not great, but some useful tips. Decided I probably wouldn't review it since I don't usually do reviews if I don't have something positive to say. And then I got t ...more
Apr 22, 2016 rated it it was ok
At first I really liked this book. I laughed my ass off. I kept thinking, "yes! That's exactly what I do!" But then...the book kinda started going down the same old self help book road. Still there were some funny bits, but there was nothing new or earth shattering. And then there was the chapter on money and finances that really left a sour taste in my mouth. So superficial. And sad. After that, nothing could make it better. I was half heartedly reading just to finish and check it off my list. ...more
May 13, 2018 rated it it was amazing
In an effort to broaden my reading horizon, I have made it a goal to read some inspirational books that will help me grow! This book was very helpful and offers some great skills and techniques to apply to your life so that you can be a BADASS!

*I listened to this book on!

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Nikki Jefford
May 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing
This book is Bad! Ass!

I don't think I've ever laughed out loud that many times while reading, though comic relief is not the intent. The whole purpose of the book is to freakin' change your life already. Make a difference. Love what you do. Love yourself. Love your life. Put your best foot forward again and again.

Are you where you want to be in your life? Doing what you want? Living where you want?

You have to want it, crave it, need it - can't live without it! If that's the place you're in, this
Mar 31, 2017 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
I think some of the ideas in here are on the right track, but her "just do it" kind of attitude is shortsighted and potentially harmful for someone who is dealing with actual mental health issues like depression and anxiety. There is a way to believe that I am a badass capable of overcoming my self-doubt and my other obstacles, but I don't think Jen Sincero is going to help me with that.
Aug 02, 2015 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction
I saw this at the airport in St. Louis and liked its affirmation that I was, indeed, a badass, so I decided to check it out from the library when I got back home. Honestly, who buys books at airports anymore? So expensive.

Now, this book would have me believe that it doesn't matter that this book is expensive, because if I truly feel that money will manifest itself in my future, then so it shall be. While I like the unbridled optimism that Sincero brings to this kinda half-baked self-help book, I
Katie Miller
Oct 25, 2015 rated it it was amazing
Literally finished this book and immediately jumped into taking action. It reminded me how much of a badass I truly am and finally helped me overcome my fears. Never again will I doubt my faith and the awesomeness that I WILL bring to this world. Everything is available to me and I deserve it. Here I come world. :)
Stephen Antczak
Jun 08, 2013 rated it liked it
Shelves: self-help
This book is marketed as no-nonsense and plain-spoken, and it is definitely the latter, but has as much nonsense in it as any self-help book. There is, however, a lot of interesting information in here and I think can be a motivating to many people. You just have to get past what amounts to a bunch of sentient universe mumbo-jumbo, including the idea that, following this author's advice, you will always magically get "rock star" parking at the mall, etc. I suspect that when she does get a great ...more
Jan 23, 2017 rated it did not like it
Technically I didn't finish this book. But I read 82% of it, all the while growing more and more unimpressed, until finally I got to the point that unjust had to stop. My kindle says there's 33 minutes left for me to read. But I've decided I want those 33 minutes to myself.

This book is basically a regurgitation of all other self-help kind of writings but with a "fun and hip" tone, or something. Often this "devil may care" quality feels forced. There are some parts of this book that could be very
Kelsey Marie
Jan 18, 2017 rated it did not like it
Shelves: read-in-2017
*****The full review of this book can be read at Darling & Co.*****

I was really excited for this book. I have the day-by-day calendar and I love it. It's posts are quick and witty and there's a bonus on the back of every day that tells you something interesting, or is a little puzzle, or something to get you thinking. It's great. The book version was...a let down, for a few reasons.

Between the repetitiveness, Jen insulting the reader, and the big one, talking more about herself than actually
Siena Mirabella
Oct 22, 2017 rated it it was ok
ok this is extremely pre-mature and probably not a valid opinion but -

I picked up this book today, got through about 4 chapters and can't finish it. it feels like i'm being fed common sense information that i've already heard elsewhere. i usually don't dislike books, but i don't know what it is about this book that i just did not want to continue reading??? maybe i should give it a chance but honestly, i'd rather not lol. also, i might be an asshole for this but i can't stand the voice of this b
Skyler Autumn
Aug 28, 2017 rated it really liked it
Shelves: inspirational
4 Stars

Jen Sincero is a badass who woke up from her mundane existence (THE BIG SNOOZE) and began throwing all her money, time and energy into the process of getting her true life back on track.

This book is like the cliff notes or the cheat sheet to all self help books everywhere. Which is why I loved it!! Instead of drawing out the formula to spirituality and meditation she gives you snippets of doable and less intimidating passages. This helps you take the beginning steps toward your badass-
Steven Walle
Apr 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I enjoyed this book very much. Their was some very insightful concepts introduced to improve our inner self talk and the way we think of our own accomplishments.
Enjoy and Be Blessed.
Oct 15, 2013 rated it really liked it
Shelves: young-adult-2013
Why a four star rating?

This a seriously funny book that weaves humor and real-life, take charge advice together to make you awesome! Overall, the book is witty and honest and offers some great ways to improve your life. While the humor and anecdotes make it unique and easy to read, much of the advice is the same stuff we have all heard over and over. It's just presented in a much more, fun interesting way.


"You are a Badass" by Jen Sincero teaches us how to change our lives into what we w
May 21, 2016 rated it liked it
I'm a sucker for a peppy self help book. There's nothing new here, but it's quick and a good pick me up. Basically, The Secret via a sassy coach. I don't mean that in a snarky way. My take on self help and diet books is similar...just because it's been done before doesn't mean it's not worth a read. Timing, refresher info, a kick in the pants all contribute to moving you forward in life.
Marisa Bisaccia [book whisperer]
What to say about this book? Well it was really hard to read. At first it wasn't bad but, then I just felt like I was reading the same thing over and over again. Basically this is what the book tells you... if you want to do something just go do it, no matter what and love yourself! So a 300 page book could of been written in one sentence. I would much rather stick to Gabby Bernstein self help books. Those are written much better and actually give advice.
Nov 22, 2016 rated it really liked it
This book was great for me. It probably isn’t that good for everybody. In short it says if you want to improve your life it’s only you that should decide and do it and believe that you can do it.
Like most of Self-Help books there are some stuff that can’t be copied to every and each of our lives. No it’s our responsibility and call to decide what is best for us. But someone like me needs a reminder once in while that she can live better.
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Jen Sincero is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author, speaker and success coach who has helped countless people transform their personal and professional lives via her public appearances, private sessions, coaching seminars and, most recently, her latest #1 NY Times Bestselling book, "You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life".

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