You Are A Badass : How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero
Let me start off by saying I’ve seen just about every blogger reading this recently, but I steered clear of their posts regarding this book because I didn’t want to know much before reading myself. (that’s just me, I’m weird, I know.) SO, now that I’ve read, I’m going to go back through and read everyone’s post about this great book!
This is the first kind of self-help book I’ve read (if you would even call it that? I guess it is?) and I was shocked and how much I could relate with the author. While she’s not in her early 20’s like me, she told great stories from her life that were easily relatable, really funny at times (the loin cloth man story had me laughing out loud in the hallway before my night class! but really, how did that happen?! hahaha!) but made her lessons a lot more easier to visualize and actually apply to my own life.
This was one of the first books I’ve actually highlighted in throughout, and I would definitely let a friend borrow this, however I would immediately recommend them to get their own copy their enjoyed it because there were so many things that resonated with me throughout the book! The thing I love most about this book is that the message for every person will be different. What someone would highlight and underline in their book would probably be different than what I’ve done. And I think that’s the great thing about this book! Regardless of age, situation, whatever it is, everyone can relate to this book and the lessons within each chapter.
I Just Graduated…Now What? By Katherine Schwarzenegger
So, I’m not sure why I thought the author wasn’t related to the Arnold Schwarzenegger, but I was wrong. (duh.) That’s besides the point, though. This book contained 31 short stories from successful musicians, actresses, business owners, just about anyone you could imagine. Within each of these stories were small or huge lessons each person learned after graduating from college. Some stories definitely resonated more with me than others as a soon-to-be-graduate, but it was still really interesting to read about how these people became successful!
Short stories in this book came from from big names like Eva Longoria, John Legend, Armin Van Buuren, Serena Williams, Arnold Schwarzenegger and Maria Shriver (DUH..the author’s parents..)! However, some of my favorite stories in the book came from people like the founder of TOMS shoes, founder of Sprinkles cupcakes, and the founder of Philosophy. The most beneficial readings in the book in my opinion are the last three excerpts. Ben Kaufman wrote about “understandings why things succeed and fail is the best sort of learning you can do”, Joe Kakaty who wrote about dealing with college loan debit, and Dr. Dan Siegel who wrote “When Moving Home Meets Mixed Emotions”.
One central theme I found some several stories was the emphasis these people put on trying and experiencing new things, while not being the least bit afraid of failure, which I think is so important and true when trying to set yourself up for success!
Overall, I’d definitely recommend anyone in college, in their 20s or just needing some kind of pick-me-up to check out both of these books! I finished both of them in under a week on top of my crazy school and work schedule so they’re really easy, fun and quick reads! Have you read either of these books? What did you think of them? Let me know in the comments! 🙂