You Are a Badass
Jen Sincero
Contributed by Micheal Celestin
Chapter 5
Summary

Self-perception can make one a king, as it can also make one a pauper. Sincero indicates that a lot of people do not believe fully in themselves while surprisingly there are others who believe in them. Sincero explains that a person is only as strong and as great as they think they are. People may feel that they have problems when as a matter of fact, they are in perfect shape.  Sincero writes, "You are perfect. To think anything less is as pointless as a river thinking that it’s got too many curves or that it moves too slowly or that its rapids are too rapid.” The most important aspect of any human being, who wants to make progress in life, is to have a positive mindset and outlook regarding their position and abilities. She proceeds to say that, “And your job is to be as you as you can be. This is why you’re here. To shy away from who you truly are would leave the world you-less. You are the only you there is and ever will be.” Thus, self-belief, which is a product of the subconscious mind, is essential for personal development.

Analysis

The mind is very deceitful. It makes people feel less worthy than they are, or indeed worthier and more capable than they are. From the analysis, it seems that it is more desirable for a person to believe that he is more important and capable than he is rather than feeling weaker and less capable than he is. Feeling mentally incapacitated, hopeless and unimportant is disastrous for the development of an individual. While some people feel that they have problems and are imperfect, Sincero is clear that people must accept that they are capable if they want to progress. She concludes the section by saying that, "We are all perfect in our own, magnificent, fucked-up ways. Laugh at yourself. Love yourself and others. Rejoice in the cosmic ridiculousness.”

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