“You Are a Badass at Making Money – Master the Mindset of Wealth” By: Jen Sincero
Book Review By: Danielle Woods
A few months ago I had the privilege of sharing one of my very favorite books with Women’s Network, “You Are a Badass” by Jen Sincero. To my delight, no one was too offended by the edgy title and many members came to love the absolute gem of a self-help bible in the same way I did. Choked full of memorable tips for living your best life, (“Maybe, if you put your disbelief aside, roll up your sleeves, take some risks and totally go for it, you’ll wake up one day and realize you’re living the kind of life you used to be jealous of”) You Are a Badass quickly became a work that I delightfully digested over and over again.
Then, one uneventful spring evening I was thumbing through Twitter while watching my kids destroy the bathroom (some people call this bath time), when I saw it. My eyes grew wide as I read the news- there would be another Badass book, and this time it would be about money. My heart leapt. The only thing I could possibly think of that might top Sincero’s advice on helping me live the life of my dreams was how to get paid for said life. Needless to say, “You Are a Badass at Making Money” was purchased and devoured the day it was released.
To assert that this book will cause a paradigm shift in the way you think about money is a colossal understatement. Jen begins the book explaining some of the reasons why we might be seeing tumble weeds in our bank accounts and I found her reasoning both shocking and dead on. We’ve been taught since birth that money was the “root of all evil”, that focusing on money was somehow “immoral”, and that if we ask for the money that we are worth we are acting out of greed. This idea about money is “pushing money away” and “blocking” money from entering our lives says Sincero. Instead, she suggests we focus on the good that money does for us and the good that we can do for others when we have more of it.
“I love money because it gives me and my family freedom and options and freedom and options rock” -Jen Sincero
Cutting out the shame we have harbored around money is the first step to changing our financial futures, the author proposes. Yes, some will do evil things with money, but others will better the world. We must allow ourselves the permission to want money, accept money, and even love money without feeling negatively. “The amount of money that you are seeking is also seeking you” explain Sincero. “I don’t know what cave person decided that money was bad.” Working at a high frequency with gratitude and openness to the path that will bring you joy has the ability to clear the path for money as well.
Wealth means something different to each of us. While some will strive for more free time, others will want full bank accounts. Being specific with the universe on exactly what you are working toward and being open to the steps that will bring that goal to you can manifest results more quickly than you might expect. Sincero suggest meditating on your immediate goal- whether that’s a dollar amount, an item, a trip, etc, and then keeping your eyes open for opportunities the universe might bring to you to help make that goal a reality.
When we change our mindset from one of lack to one of abundance, we start to see possibilities where we saw only defeat before. The author gives the example of making the decision to hire an amazing, though expensive, business coach to help launch her career. At the time, Jen had barely enough cash to get through the week and the one-on-one mentoring she needed was a seventy-five thousand dollar investment. She decided that she was she was going to sign up for the service and stop at absolutely nothing to earn the money to pay for it. Rather than looking at all the reasons why she couldn’t raise the funds, she worked tirelessly to come up with money-making ideas that eventually led her to her passion- coaching others on their mindsets and charging what she was worth for it.
Without finding something she was fully committed to doing, she hadn’t been able to raise her frequency enough to be all in on her dreams and make the big scary leaps to do what was necessary. Knowing that she had found the perfect fit for her path, Sincero found her inner power to make things happen and charge her clients what she was worth. The author reminds readers over and over that deciding to do something is very different than wanting to do it as the word decide literally means to cut off all other paths and have no other option than to carry out your plan. I found myself examining all of the things I was “trying” to accomplish and taking a hard look at whether or not I had actually fully decided to do them.
There are so many fascinating nuggets of wisdom in this book that I could write a ten page review on it, but alas I will refrain. Instead, I will recommend that you grab a copy for yourself and get honest about the barriers that keep you from reaching the income level you truly desire. Pro tip- grab the audiobook. Not only do you get to multitask and enjoy Badass during your commute, but you also get to hear the book just as the author intended. Its almost as good as having your own life coach.