As I put together this consulting business I happened across a book that inspired me to launch this project with newfound confidence: You Are a Badass at Making Money by Jen Sincero.
I honestly didn’t know what to expect when I started reading this book, but it’s one of the most inspiring non-fiction books I’ve picked up in a while. Jen walks the reader through motivating themselves to launch a business that’s based on their own passions. The book is about getting out of your ruts, out of the negative thinking that we always fall back on, and shooting for the stars.
Reading this came at a perfect time for me — it inspired me to finish putting together this podcast and Patreon consulting business!
Jen preaches stepping out of your comfort zone and turning your strengths into profits. She swears that anyone can do it. Her confidence is so apparent that it’ll convince anyone your dreams and a comfortable financial life can be realized.
I could relate to a lot of what I was reading in the book. Not only when it came to launching this consultation gig, but also launching my Patreons and podcasts. Jen’s right: It’s scary pursuing your dream.
You Are a Badass at Making Money is an easy read and very accessible — no business knowledge is required. It’ll make you rethink money and how we perceive it. One aspect I appreciated was Jen reminding me that you should be proud of the money you earn even if it’s through an unconventional way (say, a podcast, YouTube channel, or a website). That’s something I’ve struggled with — it feels strange to make money from something that’s not your typical 9 to 5 job. It doesn’t feel like I’ve accomplished what others have with their “real,” “professional” jobs. (I’m working on buying a home which is going to help convince the devil on my shoulder that I’m actually doing something with my life.)
We work-from-home types lack daily human interaction, so you risk overthinking, less morale, and feeling alone. Jen reminded me that I’m one of many people pursuing my own dreams from the comfort of my own abode. I’m lucky and I’ve never taken it for granted. I plan on re-reading this book every once in a while for an extra shot of motivation.