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Unfu*k Yourself by Gary Bishop

4.5 Hoots

The kick in the pants you need to get out of your head and into game of life.

This year for my New Years resolution I decided to devote 3 weeks to reading various types of self help books. I’m talking scientific based, diet based, Christian, pagan, layman, etc because I know resolutions are important to people. Honestly, I never make resolutions because I believe everyday is a new chance to do better and be better but that is just the unicorn side of me. Anyway, I decided to start off with a book that has a little color to it. As you can tell by the title, this is a colorful one.

I usually prefer physical books but if you can get the audiobook of this one (check out your library’s audiobook section or app because that’s where I got this one) please do. Hearing Bishop tell you to get out of your own way with his Scottish accent just shakes something in you. Or at least it did to me! Yes, what he says might not be revolutionary to someone who has read a bajillion self help books, but to a noob like me it was awesome.

The book is kind of set on the principal that you are either a success of a failure, and whichever one you believe you are…you are! I mean, when you think about it that way it kind of changes things. It was a book that really maked you feel empowered and motivated. Bishop constantly let you know that the power to change your life was in your hands, but only if you are willing to change it. I’m not talking about only major things in your life, that power is also there for small things in your life too.

This book really made me look at different areas of my life and made me question what areas I wanted to change. Am I going to make major life changing decisions based on this book? Well no, of course not. But did it motivate me to stop some of my own negative self talk? Yes! Is this a book I will revisit when I need another kick in the pants? Absolutely.

It is amazing how our own perceptions of ourselves can impact our daily lives. I didn’t even realize that I was being a bit harsh with myself until listening to this book. I originally set out to do this “New Years Resolution series” to try and help my readers find books that might help them achieve their goals, but I didn’t expect it to help me focus myself a little more.

Overall, I enjoyed this book and think that it might be extremely helpful for someone that feels stuck in a rut. If you need that no nonsense kind of pep talk this the book for you! If you can borrow the audiobook from your library please do because his delivery is fantastic. There were moments that made me laugh and other moments where my jaw dropped because he perfectly explained something that I do….and need to stop. Again, if you have read a lot of self help books maybe he isn’t saying anything revolutionary, but for a novice this is fantastic. Plus sometimes you need to just be told to get up, get dressed, and stop beating yourself up. I definitely recommend this book!

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