Chapter 15

Living in a juicy plateau is often an indication that we’ve been living on autopilot and become disconnected with joy in the ways we make and manage money. It’s time for you to add more fun into your life, reevaluate what you want, and become more YOU than you’ve ever been. This next level of success is about becoming the authentic version of yourself you’ve always wanted to be.

Get Happy

Inc Magazine

7 Books That Will Teach You to Live a More Joyful Life

“[S]cience says that much more than most people realize, joy is a skill that you can learn. ‘Well-being is fundamentally no different than learning to play the cello,’ Richard Davidson, founder of the Center for Healthy Minds at the University of Wisconsin, has explained.”

Oprah Daily

16 Best Happiness Podcasts That’ll Uplift You

Whether you’re looking to understand the mental health benefits of minimalist living, the best ways to overcome cognitive roadblocks, or simply to have a hearty laugh and forget about your troubles, one of these happiness podcasts will hopefully help you on your journey to seeking joy.”

Be Your Authentic Self

The Courage to Be Disliked shows you how to unlock the power within yourself to become your best and truest self, change your future and find lasting happiness. . . . It’s a philosophy that’s profoundly liberating, allowing us to develop the courage to change, and to ignore the limitations that we and those around us can place on ourselves.”

In Authentic, Stephen Joseph presents his fresh and inspiring perspective on the psychology of authenticity. . . . Drawing on the wisdom of existential philosophers, the insights and research of psychologists, and case studies from his own and others’ clinical experiences, he shows how authenticity is the foundation of human flourishing . . . .” 

“Leverage your authentic self into a valuable leadership strategy. The Art of Authenticity is a guide to becoming a better leader by achieving your best self. All people bring different sides of themselves to various situations. This book will show you how to broaden and deepen your effectiveness by presenting the most appropriate side of yourself.” 

My Villainous Teachers

Cruella De Vil

Cruella’s traits:

  • Wanting to make a coat out of old schoolmate’s puppies
  • Unhinged pursuit of said puppies
  • Showing up unannounced after years of no contact
  • Smoking in people’s homes
  • Questionable hair for 1961

 Cruella’s lessons:

  • Don’t shame yourself for wanting what you want
  • Dedication to pursue your desires
  • Network with familiarity & confidence
  • You determine your comfort level
  • Bad bitches stand out


Ursula’s traits:

  • Selling services with unfair outcomes
  • Unfair contracts that benefit one party over the other
  • Pursuing someone else’s man
  • Staging a coup d’état & destroying property during it
  • Fat body & gauche makeup

 Ursula’s lessons:

  • Charge for your servicesnot results
  • Relentless pursuit of securing the bag
  • It’s OK to be competitive
  • Sometimes you gotta break a few eggs to make an omelette
  • Bad bitches stand out

Donald Trump

Trump’s traits:

  • Saying awful, bigoted shit
  • Doing whatever he wants, regardless of how it affects others
  • Undermining democracy & inciting others to do so
  • Lying about everything
  • Ugly

 Trump’s lessons:

  • Speaking my truth no matter what others think
  • My needs must come first
  • Disrupt the status quo
  • Sharing success is NOT false advertising
  • Don’t ever let your appearance stop you

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