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Book Review: You are a badass at Making Money

After reading You are a Badass by Jen Sincero, I was so excited to learn of her writing a follow up... You are a Badass at Making Money! Today I am sharing with you some of my favorite takeaways and thoughts about this book. Much like the first book, I thought it was an easy ready with great content. If you don't like cussing, you might be distracted, but I don't think it takes away from the content at all really.

This book is all about releasing the limitations you have around money. Example, if you cringe at the title of this book... you have some issues to work out with money! Jen breaks this down, it's simple, relatable, and all about shaping your mindset around money. Each chapter has practical steps you can take, including journaling, to help you get to where you want to be with money.

My Takeaways

-"One of the biggest obstacles to making lots of money is not a lack of good ides or opportunities or time, or that we're too slovenly or stupid, it's that we refuse to give ourselves permission to become rich." page 14

-"The walls of your comfort zone are lovingly decorated with you lifelong collection of favorite excuses." page 36

-"Money is Currency and Currency is Energy. Money is a blank slate that gets its value from the energy and meaning we give it." page 67

-"You have to want your dreams more than you want your drama." page 90

-"The thoughts, beliefs, and emotions we don't consciously reject, we unconsciously accept." page 131

-"When it comes to changing your life, if you're not scared, you're doing something wrong." page 137

-"You can't see the silver lining through victim goggles." page 158

-"You can have your ego, or you can have your dreams." page 213

I definitely recommend grabbing You are a Badass at making Money and reading it. This is a book I know I will come back to again and again for inspiration, as well as the writing exercises.

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Book Review: The War of Art

The War of Art: Break through the Blocks and Win your Inner Creative Battles, by Steven Pressfield Ok. If you don't have this book yet... you're going to want to get it, and FAST!

If you already have this book, and haven't gotten around to reading it yet, pick it up and read it. You are in for a serious treat.

The first thing I fell in love with, was the structure in which this book is laid out. It is a super simple, and quick read. Some of the pages aren't even fully covered in words, but oh boy, are those words efficient at getting the message across. I absolutely recommend reading this if you are at all struggling with your passion(s) in life, and need the motivation to move forward and push past your resistance, and becoming a professional. Not only is this a great book for your own personal development, but it also helps you identify new ways to help others if you work in a team our group environment like I do.

MY TAKEAWAYS:

-"We can navigate by Resistance, letting it guide us to that calling or action that we must follow before all others. Rule of thumb: The more important a call or action is to our soul's evolution, the more Resistance we will feel toward pursuing it." page 12

-"Casting yourself as the victim is the antithesis of doing your work. Don't do it. If you're doing it, stop." page 28

-"Self-doubt can be an ally. This is because it serves as an indicator of aspiration. It reflects love, love of something we dream of doing, and desire, desire to do it. If you find yourself asking yourself (and your friends), "Am I really a writer? Am I really an artist?" chances are you are. The counterfeit innovator is wildly self-confident. The real one is scared to death."  page 39

-"The amateur plays for fun. The professional plays for keeps. To the amateur, the game is his avocation. To the pro it's his vocation. The amateur plays part-time, the professional full-time. The amateur is a weekend warrior. The professional is there seven days a week. The word amateur comes from the Latin root meaning "to love." The conventional interpretation is that the amateur pursues his calling out of love, while the pro does it for money. Not the way I see it. In my view, the amateur does not love the game enough. If he did, he would not pursue it as a sideline, distinct from his "real" vocation. The professional loves it so much he dedicates his life to it. He commits full-time. That's what I mean when I say turning pro. Resistance hates it when we turn pro." page 62-63

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There is so much juicy goodness in this book and like I mentioned, it is a super quick read. Soak it up and drink it in, because this book is a win! Grab yourself a copy here!

Book Review: You are a Badass

You are a Badass: How to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life, by Jen Sincero

I just read this book and I will have to tell you, I absolutely loved it!

Overall, I thought it was an easy read, with wonderful concepts that will help you grow... but only if you actually implement them. Now, as the title would suggest, if you aren't a fan of moderate cursing, this book probably isn't for you. I thought the voice of the writer was super down to earth, relatable, and easy to follow along with. If you are a quick reader, you could easily knock this book out in a weekend, as its about 250 pages long.

Many of the concepts in this book, in relation to personal development and growth, aren't new or mind blowing, BUT they are presented in a new way that is likely to get you excited about implementing them in your life. I absolutely love her recurring theme that you will come to smile about throughout the entire book.

MY TAKEAWAYS:

-"Watching someone else totally go for it can be incredibly upsetting to the person who's spent a lifetime building a solid case for why they themselves can't." page 43

-"Comparison is the fastest way to take all the fun out of life." page 61

-"All that matters is what's true for you, and if you can stay connected to that without straying, you will be a mighty superhero." page 67

-"Your job isn't to know the how, it's to know the what and be open to discovering, and receiving the how." page 96

-"Forgiving isn't about being nice to them, it's about being nice to yourself." page 123

-"Because so often when we say we're unqualified for something, what we're really saying is that we're too scared to try it, not that we can't do it." page 151

-"If you're serious about changing your life, you'll find a way. If you're not,  you''l find an excuse." page 153

-"Deciding is freedom. Indecision is torture." page 197

I would absolutely recommend getting a copy of this book for yourself. Mark it up. Write in it. Highlight it. Make it your own. This is the kind of book you will want to revisit at least a couple times a year, and really practice implementing the concepts Sincero covers throughout the book.

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