Book Review: You Are A Badass. How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness And Start Living An Awesome Life

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If the title, colours, and cover of this book don’t fascinate you, then I don’t even know what to say. As a person who is literally addicted to self-help books, this was one transformational book in my journey of personal growth. It was recommended to me after I successfully finished reading the timeless book by Mark Manson: The Subtle Art Of Not Giving A Fuck.

The book is helpful for those dealing with loss, grief, rejection, mediocrity, or even for those who are generally trying to find their footing in life. I am one to judge the book by its cover, but the first chapter of this book had me hooked. It was like the author was describing me to the latter. A person who craved for so long to get out of her bubble, but wasn’t willing to put in the work, even though deep down they always felt that they were destined for greatness. This is probably the narrative for a lot of people out there.

One of my favourite quotes from the book was this: Wanting to change your life can be done sitting on the couch with a bong in your hand and a travel magazine in your lap. Deciding to change your life means doing whatever it takes and going after your dreams with the tenacity of a dateless cheerleader a week before prom night.

The author chooses to use casual language to pass his message across, and I think it’s all in all the perfect delivery. It’s almost like you’re receiving advice from a friend rather than reading an actual book.

Another quote that I particularly resonated with was that from a poem by Anais Nin that reads: The day came when the risk to remain tight in a bud was more painful than the risk it took to blossom.

It’s a great message, urging everyone to take that leap and move as far as possible from their comfort zone. So to anyone reading this, start that YouTube channel, podcast, or blog. Take that online course, and go after your masters. Run directly at fear.

Rather than the typical Do’s and dont’s in most self-help books, this one felt rather personalized. It’s like having a conversation with the author, and this enhances the message even further.

The book uses analogies, including the author’s real-life experiences, some of them extremely close to home, to serve as inspiration and references for the lessons that she has learnt over the years.

The author also talks about breaking away from negative subconscious beliefs that are shaping our lives daily without our knowledge. She says, “We need to be surrounded by people who radiate self-love and abundance, so we don’t program future generations with gnarly beliefs like ‘money is bad’ or ‘I’m not good enough’ or ‘I can’t live the way I want to live.’” That’s an important take home.

I would suggest that you take your time reading this book, perhaps a chapter a day, early in the morning, so that you have an entire day to reflect on each lesson and make changes to your life accordingly. The book is well-written in a simplistic manner that’s both enjoyable and easy to read.

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