- Hardcover: 288 pages
- Publisher: Viking (April 18, 2017)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0735222975
- ISBN-13: 978-0735222977
- Product Dimensions: 5.8 x 1 x 8.5 inches
- Shipping Weight: 14.4 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 606 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #7,983 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth Hardcover – April 18, 2017
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“Hilarious . . . This book truly crystallizes the concept that financial abundance is an inside job—in that it all begins with your mindset—and Sincero gets serious (in the funniest ways possible) about helping you identify your particular limiting beliefs surrounding money.”
“A cheerful manifesto on removing obstacles between yourself and the income of your dreams.”
—New York Magazine
“All around badass Jen Sincero isn’t finished trying to help you live your most awesome life. No, now she’s here to help you become a money-making pro.”
“[Sincero] guides readers through thought exercises and mantras to change how readers talk to themselves about money and unleash their ability to attain it.”
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“A HIIT workout for making bank.”
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“Jen Sincero helps readers find true financial success through her combination of practical advice and deeply personal (and often hilarious) stories.”
About the Author
Jen Sincero is a #1 NY Times Bestselling author, success coach, and motivational speaker who spent more than a decade traveling the world helping people transform their lives and their bank accounts via her public appearances, private sessions, coaching seminars, and books, including the #1 New York Times Bestseller You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. Sincero currently lives in Santa Fe, New Mexico.
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So the pro's of this book:
I love that it's in her voice. It's engaging and I find that listening to these kind of audiobooks, even if they are repeating the same information, beneficitial.
The con's of this book:
Nearly nothing feels or seems remotely fresh in terms of new ways of seeing my money situation. In terms of results from this book, I didn't notice any inclination to take more action. She's also a coach, and touts the benefits of coaching in almost every chapter. I don't mind that she's selling herself in her own book... but at the same time it just made me have my hackles up most of the book because the way it was presented seemed like coaching was The Answer most of the time, instead of 'a possible answer if it makes sense to you'.
There are other books I found way more useful in terms of motivation, inspiration, and lasting change. Some of them being; The Richest Man In Babylon. After years and years, I still apply what I've learned there. I know what I applied will let me comfortably retire on over a million dollars.
I'm sorry to write this review in some ways, because Jen really has a great tone of voice but honestly this is what I got from this book.
There is a large amount of enthusiasm in the book, but very little practicality behind it.
One great example of this is how the book has several mini-stories about random people who "made money successfully." One of them is about a woman who needed a lot of money quick. She went into the attic and discovered a stock/bond paper or something that turns out to be worth exactly the amount of money she needed! Amazing, the moral of the story: YOU CAN MAKE MONEY LIKE THIS TOO!
See the problem? The book is littered with stuff like this, over and over.
The author spends a large amount of time writing how she had to come up with a large amount of money for some seminars on how to make money. Something like $80,000 for a seminar. Which she ends up borrowing from someone. By the end, I'm more confused than when I started. Was the lesson to not be afraid to ask people for money? Were there tips on how to ask people for money? Was it a recommendation to not be afraid to spend large amounts of money that isn't yours on seminars? That's nearly 1/2 a year's salary for someone with a technical job like myself, well above the average person. No one in the right mind set should follow that advice. Never put yourself in crippling debt, with a friend or family member no less, for something like a ~seminar~.
What exactly the author benefited out of that kind of money being spent on a ~seminar~ was totally lost on me. More so on the second time I read those parts.
Who is this book for?
I guess it's for people who think their money problems go away by spending more money than they have on seminars and feel-better-about-yourself guides.
What does this book do?
I guess at the end of it, you get you into the mind set that you could get away with robbery for silly reasons (like asking your friend/family for a stupid amount of money on loan). I'm guessing that is the point of the title.
What does this book not do?
Not a drop of practical advice on making money and actually being badass at making money. Just makes you think it, somehow?
It took me so long to get through the first 70% of the book, thinking "surely it will get better eventually" without it ever getting better that I was past the seven day return policy for a Kindle book.
She talks to you like a girlfriend, and while tough in the moments that you need to hear it, she's quite entertaining throughout. She peppers the book with some pretty spectacular stories and metaphors, which keeps you engaged and understanding the point that she's trying to get across. Basically, this is a book by a woman that has done it all in the self-help world, read all the books and been to all the ashrams..... but at the end of the day, she's just like a lot of us, and has a really spectacular ability to digest it and explain it to us in an easy way.
I loved, loved, loved this book, and I'm a little upset it's completed. Rest assured, I ever meet this woman, I will full on kiss her on the mouth and thank her for the incredible amount of information and encouragement she has imparted into my life!