“If you’re serious about changing your life, you’ll find a way. If you’re not, you’ll find an excuse.”
Jen Sincero’s You Are A Badass has been begging me to pick it up for the past few years. From the shelves of Targets and Barnes and Nobles everywhere, it has been shouting “read me!” So I finally did.
The main argument of Sincero’s book is that human beings vibrate with a certain frequency, and the universe responds to the frequency we put out. So if you’re giving off more positive vibes, the universe will respond with positive opportunities and experiences. Likewise, if you’re throwing around negativity, you’ll attract negative things. Basically, the stories we tell ourselves (I’m too lazy, I’m unlucky, I always get what I want…) become self-fulfilling prophecies in a way. And to change, we need to purge those stories.
To an extent, I really enjoyed this message. It’s not original by any means, but Sincero does give credit where it’s due. Her comical, upbeat voice is also its own, and I think that’s why so many people love this. As for her philosophy, I think there’s a certain truth to the fact that the things we believe about ourselves manifest in various ways throughout our lives. It makes sense that giving off positive vibrations would attract more, though I think there’s probably a limit here somewhere.
The idea that we can just believe in something and it’ll come true has always been iffy to me. Yes, confidence goes a long way when it comes to getting the things we want. But I couldn’t suspend belief to take the theory as far as Sincero does. There is a line.
Another slight peeve I had with this book is one that have with many positivity-based self-help books. This book subtly diminishes the concept of having a mental illness. If you’re going to tell me that being more upbeat will improve my life, fine. But if you’re going to say that a depressed person can just as easily do the same? Well, you’re seriously underestimating how relentless mental illness can be. Take a psychology class.
Overall, I got exactly what I wanted from this book. It was motivating and offered some strategies I plan on implementing (vision board’s coming soon). I probably will pick up Sincero’s other book, You Are A Badass Making Money, because I’m really interested in the lack mindset and the unhealthy notions surrounding money that we all seem to have.
I gave You Are A Badass a 4 of 5 stars on Goodreads. I think it’s a great book to motivate you, but it might go too far at times. (Or maybe I just have a negative frequency and this is why I’m not a badass. Who knows?) I’d recommend it if you’re looking for a lift, but not if you’re looking for answers to far more serious problems!
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