Gathering Minds - You Are A Badass

During the month of August the Meetingmax team and friends read You are a Badass; How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life  written by Jen Sincero. 

Bestselling author, speaker, and world-traveling success coach Jen Sincero cuts through the din of the self-help genre with her own verbal meat cleaver in You are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. In this refreshingly blunt how-to guide, Sincero serves up twenty-seven bite-sized chapters full of hilariously inspiring stories, life-changing insights, easy exercises, and the occasional swear word.


Rowena Jao, Executive Assistant, selected this book as it grabbed her attention when she saw it at a local book store. When asked to select a book for August she knew just the one she wanted to read! 

Overall our team really enjoyed the book. Our top takeaways included: 

  • Stop comparing yourself to others.
  • Challenge fear: We are raised with fear instilled into us - we need to question this and see if it's real. At one point in the book, Sincero goes on a cave hike and, once she turns off her flashlight, is in total pitch blackness. She realizes in this moment that she has the choice to either (1) go bat shit crazy, try to claw her way out, and have someone come rescue her from the cave  (2) think that everything will be okay and continue on the hike. At all times fear is a choice. 
  • The concept of wanting to versus deciding to - it's easy to want to create a business, get a killer beach bod, find your soul mate, but once you decide to do it is when the magic happens. Once you're committed to something you will go to all ends to get it. 
  • Failure is going to happen and it's necessary to reach success. Michael Jordan was cut from his highshcool basketball team, Thomas Edison had to make over 500 prototypes before he created the light bulb, the owner of FedEX got a C on his university paper on an idea of an overnight delivery service... everyone fails, it means your closer to getting it right. 
  • Change your relationship with money. Most people want money but also think, on some level, that it's the root of all evil. Sincero does a brilliant dialouge of how money views us when stuck in this mindset:
    • "Oh yay, I'm so happy to see you too"
    • "Wait, you think I'm the root of all evil?" "Why are you always so happy to see me then?" "You looove when I'm here, you're sad when I'm gone, but you think I cause all these problems in your life.... I don't get it"
    • "You want more of me?" "Great - here I am!"
    • "You think I'm a filthy whore?!"
    • "That's it, I'm out" 
  • And always, LOVE yourself 

On a scale of 1-10 where 1 equals a book with little value one would not wish to read again, and 10 equals a fantastic book with the ability to grow an individual personally, professionally or both, we rated this book 9.1.

Are you interested in personal and professional development and the chance to continually grow? We invite you to join our Gathering Minds Meetings! Check out some of our past reads below:

Our September book is Before Happiness by Shawn Achor. If you would like to join us please email for more details. 

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by Kelly Heesterman