Friday, May 24, 2019

You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth

When I read about You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero (and decided that I wanted to read it), I didn't really get that it was a self-help book.  I thought it was going to be more of a personal finance book like Beat the Bank or Worry Free Money.  But it really isn't.  You Are a Badass at Making Money is very much a self-help book, dedicated to giving you the tools you need to work with the Universe to attract wealth into your life. So consider yourself warned: this book has nothing to do with investing or getting out of debt.

So with that disclaimer out of the way, I found You Are a Badass at Making Money to be a rather interesting book.  It is dedicated to helping you change your attitude towards money; don't think of money as an evil entity ("money is the root of all evils"), but more as a partner.  Sincero defines money as a currency, which has its own energy; she says you have to actively work to attract it rather than risk repelling it with your preconceived attitude towards it. Of course, your attitude isn't all you need; you will also need to put in the hard work to reach your goals.  But once your attitude has changed, the Universe will work with you, sending you opportunities to help you reach your goals.  At the end of each chapter, there's some homework for you to complete, helping you work your way through your own mindset, and a mantra (that generally starts with "I love money because___").  While most of the book is squarely dedicated to helping you manifest more material wealth in your life, there are some areas that look at your life as a while (like encouraging you to meditate and just generally be a better person). 

I will admit that I wasn't a fan of Sincero's slang.  I get that it's probably her thing (I didn't read You Are a Badass but I imagine it has much the same language).  But I found it often kind of came out of nowhere in sentences and knocked me out of the reading.  I think it's also going to really date the book in the future.  But that's just my opinion.  You Are a Badass is a New York Times Bestseller, so clearly many other people do not feel the same way.

All in all, I found that Sincero's book really made me reflect on my own life, which I think is a really good thing.  If you're okay with the slang, I definitely recommend giving it a read.

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