I love Jen Sincero. I loved You are a Badass so much that I caught myself bouncing up and down in my chair while I was reading. I kept writing down quotes in all caps. My boundless anticipation for the sequel, You are a Badass at Making Money, has been fully satisfied. Now the only other thing I can ask for is a third book, maybe something related to fitness or romance. Or just You are a Badass at Being a Badass. Let’s not be getting ahead of ourselves. Being a badass at making money is plenty to be going on with.
The most fascinating thing is how negative people can be about the idea of making money. I certainly used to be this way. I had a deeply ingrained belief that having lots of money made people selfish, greedy, and cruel. A belief like this makes scarcity into a virtue. How can I pay off my debts and increase my income without incurring an automatic moral hazard? I had no room in my imagination for the earning and spending of money to be done with joy, delight, generosity, altruism, or inherent interest. It was only as I gradually learned to understand the abundance mindset that I started to feel like I could afford to give to charity and do pro bono work like I do today. Having more money has made me more generous, and because I know that is true in my life, it stands to reason that the more money I have, the more good I will do with it. This is how I know that You are a Badass at Making Money is a positive message desperately needed by this world.
What most people do when they suddenly have more money is to: go to more social occasions and weddings, give nicer gifts, do more recreational stuff, go on cooler vacations, laugh more, and set up more opportunities for their kids. These things have a way of rippling outward and benefiting others. Why is it so hard to reconcile the reality of abundance with our internal dogma that work is hard, work is boring, and money is poison? Wouldn’t it be easier just to ditch the dogma?
That’s what this book is all about. It’s about examining our negative beliefs and replacing them with awesomeness. It’s about unleashing our creative potential. It’s about contributing to the world at a higher level than we’ve ever done before. It’s about allowing ourselves to be fabulous. Jen Sincero is the best and funniest at getting this message across. Start here.
“I just suddenly couldn’t take listening to myself complain anymore. I just finally woke up. Which is how the desire to make massive change kicks in for most people.”
“One of the biggest obstacles to making lots of money is not a lack of good ideas or opportunities or time, or that we’re too slovenly or stupid, it’s that we refuse to give ourselves permission to become rich.”
“You have to want your dreams more than you want your drama.”
I've been working with chronic disorganization, squalor, and hoarding for over 20 years. I'm also a marathon runner who was diagnosed with fibromyalgia and thyroid disease 17 years ago.