*This is a book review of You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth by Jen Sincero.
Author: Jen Sincero
Release Date: April 18, 2017
Number of Pages: 277
SJ Rating: 65%
You Are a Badass blew up upon its release, so Jen Sincero took her knowledge and advice about money and shared it with us while providing activities to get one step closer to achieving our financial dreams. The basis of this book is all about debunking our limiting beliefs regarding money and the idea of becoming rich.
There are some elements of this book that I thought were good but also found to be unamazing. Like, Sincero spits straight facts in a witty, cool best friend kind of way and shares an incredible amount of key takeaways (see “The Bad” below for the unamazing aspects of this). An example of these is when she writes, “Be responsible, put money aside for the future, wear your seat belt, make big, fun plans with your friends and family, don’t walk through shady neighborhoods alone, invest your money wisely, exercise your body and your mind, practice safe sex, don’t smoke cigarettes or get drunk in public and bad-mouth your neighbors–act as if you’ve got a long, happy life on Earth ahead of you. But do not shrink back from something you desire because it’s too risky. Just being alive is risky.”
Also, she calls me out in a way I’ve never been called out before, and I appreciated it: “People love to tell you what you shouldn’t want, regardless of how we feel about it… We’d rather do what’s expected of us than give ourselves permission to be, do, and have what feels good and right and awesome.”
Most of the advice she provides can also be used for more than getting rich, such as: “In an attempt to protect ourselves from pain, we perpetuate behaviors that create the very pain we are trying to avoid.”
Yeah, there are a lot of moments that make you go “oof,” which I appreciated.
Though she is incredibly witty, we do have the same sense of humor, which is probably why I hardly chuckled while reading it. The book gets very repetitive, which makes it a little boring and is probably why it took so long to finish it.
Also, most of the book focuses on the mind and listening to Universal Intelligence when it comes to making money, and I was hoping for more concrete steps; this was definitely more of a self-help book instead of a how-to book.
Initially, I was excited about reading this book and all that I would learn; however, the expectations I had for this book weren’t met. It got to the point where I started reading other books after I started this one, but I finished the other books before I picked this one back up.
Next book to be read and reviewed: Lola and the Boy Next Door by Stephanie Perkins
“You have one glorious and brief shot at being the you that is you on Planet Earth, and the power to create whatever reality you desire. Why not be the biggest, happiest, most generous and fully realized humanoid you can be?”Jen Sincero