As many of you know, I ride a motorcycle. And, I absolutely love it! I didn’t get my license until a few years ago but it’d been a long-time goal. So, yeah, I kinda consider myself a badass.
When I first saw the book, “You are a Badass” by Jen Sincero, I had to read it. Which I did, and this book review is actually not about. I need to go back and re-read it before I can write my book review about that one. This book review is about her latest book, “You are a Badass at Making Money”.
Given the business I’m in, and knowing I loved her other book, I had to pick this one up as well. I’m not sure it’s the kind of book I can sum up in a paragraph or two but let me try.
First, you should be warned, she has a unique, possibly offensive writing style so if you don’t like harsh language, you might miss the message. It’s a serious topic written about using a sense of humor and colorful language to connect with the average joe. Too many self-help, money-learning books are written in a style that’s stuffy and formal. Hers isn’t. It’s light and funny and she isn’t afraid to share her story in a way that we can all relate to. No matter what walk of life you come from or what zip code you’re living in now, she gets her message across without making you feel inadequate.
“All of Mother Nature’s creatures are designed to fully flourish before they drop dead.”
Next, you should be prepared for some unorthodox ideas on how to improve your money life. Her message isn’t about investing in the stock market or living off the grid to save enough money to retire. It’s full of depth and spirituality. Not what you’d expect given the title or the subject. Yet, somehow, she makes it all work and her points are valid. It might not connect for everyone, but I have to say it’s a breath of fresh air in my opinion. Connecting our financial reality with our faith in a way that isn’t all preachy and I’m-better-than-you is an interesting challenge, but she manages to stay out of the religious deep waters and still communicate the importance of going beyond our physical existence to create the life we want.
“Our ‘realities’ are make-believe — whatever we make ourselves believe, we experience.”
Being a self-help book means you don’t read it through in one sitting, set it down on the nightstand and forget about it. It’s a call to action which means she gives you work, and makes you stretch. If you want to help yourself, you have to help her help you. She ends each chapter with a homework assignment which you have to want to change bad enough to force yourself to do. They aren’t always easy and fun, but you may find yourself having more than a few epiphanies if you get real with yourself. Don’t hold back or skip over things or you won’t benefit from the wisdom she shares. Dig in, expose yourself and find out what’s going on for you.
“Badassery comes to those who take risks.”
Personally, I enjoyed the book and find myself wanting to go through it again to really work the process further. We are all here on earth to live our best possible lives and to give the world our biggest, badass-est selves. If you know you’ve got more to offer, then read the book and challenge yourself to break down the walls that are keeping you from giving the world your best. I know she’s motivated me to want to up my game and become a badass at, not just making money, but living to my fullest potential. I know I am meant to share my brilliance with more people, to help more people succeed on their journey’s and I intend to figure out just how to do that. And, if you want to join me, I’d love to support you in becoming your greatest self too. So, grab your helmet, and let’s ride this bad boy called life to the fullest.
Sherry Lutz Herrington is the owner of Sherrington Financial Fitness, a business consulting and accounting firm specializing in strategic business planning and solid financial accounting for businesses. She is also the author of Strong Women Thriving (https://strongwomenthriving.com/), a blog which focuses on empowering women to be financially savvy, particularly after experiencing financial abuse. Sherry is currently writing a new book that both shares her personal story and addresses financial abuse. She can be reached at email@example.com.