When I first moved to Los Angeles, I was overwhelmed by how my financial situation was not going to keep me alive for very long if I didn’t get my butt into gear and start working on finding jobs. When the job search turned into mass chaos and confusion, and I felt doubtful I even deserved to follow my passions and get a job that I actually enjoyed, I started searching for self-help books to get advice and motivate myself.
That’s when I came across the book, You Are a Badass at Making Money: Master the Mindset of Wealth (2017) by Jen Sincero. Promised as a guide to get you in the mindset of making money, I was immediately interested. This book might not have made me rich, but it definitely changed how I view wealth and money. And that’s not an easy feat to accomplish.
“If my broke ass can get rich, you can too.”
Jen Sincero is a #1 New York Times bestselling author, whose book You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life has sold more than 3 million copies since its release in 2013. It’s easy to be skeptical of self-help books, especially ones promising they’ll help you become rich. But Sincero didn’t start out rich. She started out with very little money, living in a garage for a house.
Now Sincero works her own business, travels the globe, and speaks on how her life flipped upside-down through the power of changing how you see your reality. Yes, this book primary focuses on the Law of Attraction and Manifestation.
If you’re someone who’s had never been exposed to the Law of Attraction or Manifestation, the first encounter may leave an odd taste of skepticism in your mouth. How can just changing how you think really have an impact on your reality?
These two separate yet complimentary meditations are watered down into the belief in a higher force (God, the Universe, etc.) that wants to work with you and see you succeed. The key is to put as much positivity back out towards that force and back in towards yourself to open your life to the possibilities that you might have been blind to before.
There are some coincidences (if you believe in those) that may happen if you do this. Money appearing out of nowhere, job opportunity that connect with you as soon as you change your perspective on life. But the main ideas are to: radiate positivity (especially being kind to yourself), change your perspective on what money actually is (a tool, helpful, useful, NOT evil), giving back, taking risks, and practicing self-care.
“A healthy desire for wealth is not greed, it’s a desire for life.”
Full of jargon, profanity, and jokes, this book is highly entertaining to read. It’s also a great book to read if you were as down-in-the-dumps as I was when I read it. Sincero is genuine, funny, and sharp. She’s not the stuffy grandpa who wrote the last generation’s “Get Rich Quick” books, and she wants the people who succeed in life to be the people who will make the world a better place.
One of the most assuring things about the book is that Sincero doesn’t leave a reader convinced that if they just believe hard enough, they don’t have to put in any physical work. The reason why I could actually enjoy and trust this book was because it focuses on the first step: working on yourself. Work on how you see things. Sometimes this is what’s getting in your way.
This idea actually makes a lot of sense. Have you ever started to have a bad day, and then you tell yourself how that day is going to be awful and how you deserve it? Then at the end of the day, you ended up having one of the worst days and believing you earned it too? The idea that Sincero proposes is beyond staying positive. It’s believing you deserve a life that fulfills you and includes all of your passions. Because if we believe we are deserving of such a position, we’ll try harder to get it. Or even try to get it in the first place.
Before reading this book, I had applied to over fifty jobs and not heard back from a single one in over three weeks. I was so discouraged. I saw people with money, people going out to eat, people wearing nice clothes, and I felt so angry because I couldn’t do that. Because of the mantras and guides at the end of each chapter, I began to reevaluate my mindset on money. Yes, I felt like money was evil. I felt like money ran from me, like it always was given to people who used it poorly.
So when I was challenged to continue to tell myself, “Money is a great tool. Money finds my easily. Money helps me achieve my goals and dreams,” I felt silly and like a down-right liar. Because I was. But I continue to tell myself these things almost every day. And the day I decided to be more positive, I got three interviews. Coincidence? Maybe. Definitely weird. Sincero’s book is full of stories like this though, and it makes me wonder if it isn’t just fantasy.
Changing my perspective on money changed my motivations for finding jobs and following my passions.
It’s really easy to think to yourself while reading this book, Wait how come there are so many poor people in the world if all they had to do was think that they could overcome their circumstances for God/the Universe to make them rich?
To be honest, I don’t really have an answer to that, and Sincero doesn’t either. I think what’s more important about this book is recognizing that we all do have opportunities to change the way we live and see the world. And if we get the opportunity for wealth, it then becomes our responsibility to care for those that don’t. This is a major point in Sincero’s writing.
To this point she writes, “One of the best things you can do is get rich. Because of the way our world is structured, money and power are intertwined, so if you want to help make a positive change, money is one of the most effective tools you can use to do it. Yes, you can donate your time, organize, protest, lobby, alert the masses, post incensed rants on Facebook, but you will be much more effective if you have the energy, options, and freedom that come with not being in financial struggle, not to mention the resources to spend however you see fit.” So according to Sincero, yes, it’s possible to be a good person, be religious, be humble, and still become wealthy.
The negative aspect of this idea is that some people might still be unable to break out of systematic poverty or break into the cycle of wealth. It’s never a bad idea to gain more self-confidence, but it’s also irresponsible to spend every last dime of your rent money because you think you need an acting coach this very minute. Sincero luckily is smart in this particular area. While she encourages people to take risks, she doesn’t explicitly tell people to blow all their money on coaches if they really, honestly can’t. Though she did end up hiring a coach for thousands of dollars during a time of extreme credit card debt.
The problem I have with this book is mostly the notion that of course someone is going to make it out of their poverty, but how many more will do the same by following what that one person did? We all have different stories, different struggles. Hiring a life coach when we have credit card debt might not save our own lives, but there are plenty of other take-aways from the book that are helpful, encouraging, and paradigm-shifting. All things considered, it’s definitely worth the read.
The jury is still out on whether I’m a fool for following my dreams, but I’m much happier in pursuit of my writing and art than I would be in an office cube. I believe that I have the ability and skills necessary for making enough money to thrive.
You can visit Jen Sincero’s website by following this link. Her books are available in over 25 different languages.