Now, it isn’t uncommon to see the book “You Are A BadAss” on your Instagram feed. With it’s bright yellow cover & quirky title, the book is “all the rage” among entrepreneurs, content creators and even my former middle school teacher. Naturally, I picked it up and decided to give it a try. I mean come on if THAT many people on my Instagram feed like it and share it, I must too. And as a lover of self-help books I figured I just had to like it.
However, once I gave it a read I realized it just didn’t sit well with me. I actually loved the author, Jen Sincero’s writing style. Her conversational, not preachy tone resonates with me, also why I love Lysa Terkerst’s writing style. It was the central message of the book: that you have to manifest something for it to happen.
This philosophy style is based around controlling our own destiny and you are the author of your own change, which to some extent is true. If you want something to change you have to get off your butt and do it. But thinking about change? That doesn’t bring change. And this is the gap I see between “Millennials” and “Generation Z” like myself. Millennials love tweeting and talking about things and as Sincero calls them “manifesting” but my generation takes even more action. It’s why the Parkland Shooting victims didn’t just tweet and raise awareness, they actually made positive steps towards a mission they cared about.
You can talk about something all you want. But success doesn’t happen like that. It, like Lara Casey’s description, is built “little by little” with tangible goals and steps.
I actually studied the different forms of thought this past year, studying “Hidden Worldviews” by Steve Wilkens and the theories behind “You Are A Badass” falls into the beliefs of individualism. (Brief interruption: SEE HIGHSCHOOL & MRS.V I ACTUALLY LEARNED SOMETHING!!)
In all: I don’t agree with the logic in this book but I liked how it was written. It was thought provoking and challenged me to think beyond myself and also apply knowledge learned in my senior level theology class into something more. I do however totally recommend “Make It Happen” by Lara Casey which offers a different perspective to this whole topic!