You Are a Badass
Jen Sincero
Contributed by Micheal Celestin
Chapter 17-22
Summary

Chapter 17 starts with the assertion that life can be very easy once individuals have figured out that the task is not as hard as may have been imagined. Sincero says that one of the reasons that prevents people from achieving what they want, is the fact that they feel that that the task ahead of them is insurmountable. However, the difficulties are always imagined and may not be real. When people focus on the fact that the task is hard, that turns out to be the reality. On the other side, when there is a feeling that the task is manageable, that also turns out to be true.  She says, "Our entire experience on this planet is determined by how we choose to perceive our reality.” Additionally, Sincero warns people to be aware of their stories since it is the stories that we tell that define what we may become. While some of the stories may be told for fun, they have an effect on the perception that goes a long way in determining the outcomes of a person's life.

Procrastination is an enemy of progress. Sincero says that procrastination denies individuals an opportunity to do what they ought to do when the opportunity is still available. According to the author, one of the causes of procrastination is the feeling of inability or incapacitation. Sincero says that "Because so often when we say we’re unqualified for something, what we’re really saying is that we’re too scared to try it, not that we can’t do it." For any person who wants to progress and achieve success, Sincero says that they must get up, lift a foot, and place it forward. Having an idea in your mind and failing to put it into action is the enemy of progress.  She proceeds to say that procrastination is one of the most popular forms of self-sabotage because it’s really easy, yet most people do not recognize when they are doing it. Sincero says that a mark of a successful person is that they always find a way to win while other people will find excuses and then fail. In the long run, successful people act while failures find excuses.

Chapter 19 contains one of the most robust and compelling arguments in the book. Sincero says that there are many people who are subject to a lot of pain in the world. These trials and tribulations have made some people lose hope of ever finding success. However, Sincero says that most of these pains are self-inflicted. She says that "I'd like to remind you, and me, that the majority of the pain and suffering in our lives is caused by the unnecessary drama that we create. If we happen to find ourselves, for example, in a catatonic state of overwhelming, hugging our knees while rocking back and forth with our mouths hanging open, just like everything else in our lives, all it takes is a shift in perception to create a new reality.”  Besides, it is also true that most of the trouble that most people encounter are products of the mind and are not even real. For example, the prediction that a particular sector of the economy is likely to have a turbulent time may in itself cause pain to those involved in such sectors. These predictions may never become reality, but the suffering may still have occurred.

“Fear is for suckers!” This is a significant statement from Sincero. Fear, even for the unknown, has prevented some people from achieving their goals. Sadly, says Sincero, there are some people who have turned fear into a habit.  Other people have been dominated by what Sincero calls the crab effect. Sincero describes the crab effect as, “If you put a bunch of crabs in a bowl and if, while they’re in there crawling all over each other, one of them tries to climb out, the rest of them will try to pull him back down instead of helping to push him out. No wonder they’re called crabs.” While other people are trying to work hard to succeed in life, there are many people who are always trying to pull them down. The crab effect is a demonstration of jealousy. While some people have failed to succeed in life, they would always desire to make sure that nobody else succeeds where they have failed. Such people cannot be happy, and neither can they succeed.

Analysis

The mind has the habit of misleading people. Even when presented with a simple task, the mind may determine that it is difficult. The perception of a person's mind is the reality that the person encounters. Have you wondered why some people feel that every challenge brought before them is insurmountable? It is the perception of the mind. The state of your mind has made some people fail where they could have easily succeeded. When times are hard, the mind is fond of telling people that their situations have gone beyond the point where it can be retrieved. There is nothing as dangerous as a mind that has such a perception. It makes sure that individuals fail to see the opportunities that are present in any situation.

Once the mind has perceived any situation as difficult, the problem of procrastination will arrive once again. While opportunities are always defined with the time when they arrive, procrastination makes sure that people fail to utilize opportunities when they are still actionable. No matter how difficult a situation may seem, it is incredibly important for people to try their hardest. It is only through trying that people may figure out whether a task is difficult, impossible or not. Sincero asks some fundamental questions; "Is your fear greater than your faith in the unknown (and yourself)? Or is your faith in the unknown (and yourself) greater than your fear?” No matter the answer, people must work to overcome fear.

Finally, Sincero says that many people suffer because of the problems created by their perceptions. A lot of people have suffered as a result of a dangerous imagination. As Mark Twain said, “I have lived a long life and had many troubles, most of which never happened.” It is necessary for people to live in reality and not to suffer because of their imagination.

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