Book Club: You are a Badass at Making Money


Would you like to start making the kind of serious money you’ve only dreamt about? That’s the focus of the latest addition to the Numberwise book club series: You Are A Badass At Making Money, by Jen Sincero. Our accounting manager, Stephanie, discusses her book choice below.

“Riches come to those who believe anything is possible 

even when all signs point to ‘No Way in Hell’”

You Are A Badass At Making Money discusses how to overcome the fears holding you back from making your financial dreams a reality. I chose this book because I absolutely loved Sincero’s first book, You Are A Badass – How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness and Start Living an Awesome Life. It had such an impact on me, that I knew her subsequent work would not disappoint. 

Similar to the first book, the takeaways from You Are A Badass At Making Money extend beyond finances, into how fears hold us back from many opportunities in life.

Sincero stresses the importance of being able to put yourself out there and be extremely uncomfortable (think naked in front of a classroom full of people, uncomfortable) in order to meet your financial goals.  

“If you want to change your life, you must be more 

available for the ridiculous than your reality.”

One personal testimony she discussed was how she needed $85,000 to hire a life coach. This was going to be her way to a new, happier and wealthier life. The problem was that she did not have this money – nothing even close. But, she was determined to hire this coach. So, she made a list of the people that could potentially lend her the money. 

Once Sincero decided who to ask, she didn’t hesitate and booked a plane ticket (which she also couldn’t afford) to ask the individual in person. She described it as one of the “scariest, most uncomfortable things” she had ever done.” Despite her extreme discomfort, the individual agreed, and Sincero was on her way to changing her life.

She also discusses how so many of us have sordid perceptions about money. For example, that money is dirty, it’s the root of all evil, and even talking about money is taboo or crass. Sincero shares the idea that money is good and we should give it a personality, get to know it better. She reiterates these ideas by having the reader complete the sentence, “I’m grateful to money because ____________________________.”   

Sincero also suggests doing the following in order to get rich:

  • “Write down what your Why’s are for getting rich and give three reasons that each one is stronger than your fear.” There’s that word fear again.
  • “Come up with three ways that you can fall more deeply in love with your Whys and do them every day.”  
  • “Notice three things about your financial life that you’re focusing on in a negative light and make the conscious choice to shift your focus.”

The book goes into detail on how to do each task, with examples to get you started. Sincero emphasizes that even if your conscious mind wants to earn more money and you’ve set lofty financial goals, perceptions and beliefs at the subconscious level hold us back. However, doing these tasks help to retrain your subconscious so you’re not accidentally sabotaging yourself. 

“How determined you are determines your outcome.”

You Are a Badass at Making Money is hysterical and yet so informative. Just wait until the goat part – it had me rolling on the floor laughing. I loved this book and I would recommend it to anyone, even my rich friends. 

Buy the book: You are a Badass at Making Money

Thanks for reading, and stay tuned for more Numberwise book club posts. If you’ve read this book too, we’d love to hear your thoughts! Leave us a comment below. 

More editions of the Numberwise Book Club:

Book Club: You Are a Badass – How to Stop Doubting Your Greatness

Book Club: A World Without Email

Book Club: Start with Why

About the Author

Stephanie Lorntzen

Stephanie Lorntzen

Stephanie Lorntzen is a CPA who has worked for both large accounting firms and small businesses. Her background is in auditing, financial analysis, and financial reporting. For Numberwise, she helps business owners by answering all their questions about where their money is going.

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