Few delights are as giddy as a really good book. The kind of book that reads you, instead of you reading it. The kind of book you can’t help underlining again and again and scribbling “Wow!!” in the margins. The kind of book you want to read aloud to your best friend, not because they need it, but because it’s truth too good to keep to yourself.
Sometimes on Thursday nights, before karaoke, my Girlfriend and I go for Fish & Chips at Two Fools Tavern in Albuquerque. Four shops east of the Tavern on Central Avenue in the old “Nob Hill District” is “Urban Outfitters”, a funky clothing and accessories shop, full of zany, sometimes outrageous, stuff.
That’s where I found my new book by Jen Sincero, You Are A Badass: How To Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living An Awesome Life. If you can imagine a cross between George Carlin and Eckert Tolle, you have a clue to this book’s style and content.
Jen Sincero is a life ‘coach’, author and public speaker, whose acerbic style speaks to me. Much of today’s ‘power of positive thinking’ literature is either smarmy with platitudes or foggy with New Age navel-gazing. Sincero is George Carlin at yoga camp.
But make no mistake. Sincero is more than stand up comedy in print. She has an important message about getting off our asses, getting over our excuses, and getting ON with actualizing our dreams.
Here are some teasers worth remembering from You Are A Badass . . .
“If you want to live a life you’ve never lived, you have to do things you’ve never done.”
“Most people are living in an illusion based on someone else’s beliefs.”
“Wanting to be someone else is a waste of the person you are.”
“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.”
“When taking great leaps forward, life often turns to shit before it turns to Shinola.”
“It’s as easy to believe we’re awesome as it is to believe we’re giant sucking things.”
“Comparison is the fastest way to take all the fun out of life.”
“We throw a wet blanket of ho-hummery over our lives when we live in fear of what others might think, instead of in celebration of who we are.”
“What other people think about you has nothing to do with you and everything to do with them.”
“Our fantasies are our realities in an excuse-free world.”
“We only get to be in our bodies for a limited time, why not celebrate the journey instead of merely riding it out until it’s over?”
“There’s nothing as unstoppable as a freight train full of fuck-yeah!”
Here is Life’s lemons turned into lemonade with enough acid to wake up minds stuck in “Yeah, but MY life sucks!” Here is a self-help book good for more than a fire-starter. If you like it plain-spoken and not airy-fairy, if you like it funny in spite of yourself, then grab a copy of Jen Sincero’s book and stop yawning through your days and start living your dream.
Joseph Harvill, Scottiephile