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You Are a Badass: How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life by Jen Sincero (Running Press), $16

Lose the humble shtick. “Incessant self-deprecating humor is for losers,” Sincero writes. “Not only are you begging people to think you’re a loser, but you’re begging yourself to think you’re a loser.” p61

Don’t cling to “self-sabotaging” life narratives. “Let’s say your story is that you can’t make money,” she writes. “By staying broke, you get to be right. You get to be a victim, which makes you dependent on other people and gets you attention.” p142

Never stay up at night worrying. “Use meditative powers to move troubling thoughts out of your mind,” she suggests. “The only thing worse than staying up all night freaking out about something is then being too exhausted the next day to deal with it.” p176

Treat your professional dreams with the same urgency and determination you use to pay your rent. “Ever notice how your rent is due in a week and you have no idea how you’re going to pay it?” she asks. “You always manage how to figure it out.” p220


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