Jen Sincero is a #1 New York Times Bestselling author, a world renowned success coach and a hugely popular motivational speaker. Jen takes pride in the fact that her work has helped countless people completely transform their personal and professional lives; whether that be with her popular seminars, her engaging public appearances or one of her bestselling books. Jen Sincero spent three years of her life, travelling the world as a nomad, building her personal brand as one of the world’s leading success coaches. Jen has now spoken on stages all around the world, coached countless individuals and helped her clients build dream businesses, find soul mates and become NY Times Bestselling authors, just like her. After the wild success of her last book You Are A Badass, Jen Sincero has recently released her brand new book You Are A Badass At Making Money, which has already garnered positive reviews. Jen’s new book has been described by New York Magazine as ‘a cheerful manifesto on removing obstacles between yourself and the income of your dreams.‘ I was extremely excited to talk books with such a successful author and success coach; so please enjoy my interview with Jen Sincero…
When someone asks you ‘what do you do for a living?’ – How do you respond?
Writer, speaker, motivational cattle prod.
I’m currently reading my friend’s screenplay; as well as also reading Let the Great World Spin by Colum McCann.
When you think about your childhood, what book comes to mind?
I think of Bedknobs and Broomsticks by Mary Norton.
Can you remember the first non-fiction book you loved?
The first non-fiction book I read and loved was All Creatures Great and Small by James Herriot.
What did you want to be when you were growing up?
When I was growing up, I wanted to be a veterinarian.
What do you think your school aged self would think of the present day you?
If you could wrap up a single book and gift it to yourself as you left education – which book would it be?
I would gift myself The Seven Spiritual Laws of Success by Deepak Chopra.
Does your reading have routine? Is there a particular time or place that you like to read?
I love reading outside and at coffee shops but I tend to nod off a lot so I’d have to say my favorite place is in bed or on my own couch because I hate sleeping in public.
Can you talk us through your research process when preparing for a new book?
I take lots and lots of walks with the recording function open on my phone, travel and talk to people, read, write things down on napkins, meditate, freak out, cry, procrastinate then sit down and write.
The Science of Getting Rich by Wallace Wattles. It really cracked open my mind and trained me to make smarter choices about the way I perceive my ability to make money, my ability to create the life I desire, my personal power. I still read it whenever I need a kick in the rear.
What two pieces of advice would you give a young aspiring writer?
My advice would be to read books by people you admire and pay attention to why you think their writing is brilliant. Write your truth. Especially when it seems risky.
Do you have any books that you strongly associate with someone important in your life?
Desert Solitaire by Edward Abbey was given to me by some friends who turned me on to hiking and backpacking through the wilderness areas of Southeast Utah, which has become one of my most treasured places on Earth.
What book have you recommended the most to friends and family?
The book I recommend most is Loving What Is by Byron Katie.
Do you prefer fiction or non-fiction?
At the moment, I prefer non-fiction – but it changes all the time.
Do you think reading is important?
I sure do.
What’s the best book you’ve read in the last 6 months?
The best book I’ve read in the last six months is Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates.
Do you prefer real books or digital books?
Name a book that you feel everyone would benefit from reading and explain why.
Oneness by Rasha. It’s a meatball of a book, you could literally chew on each sentence for days, but it’s so powerful. I would love everyone to read it because it explains how we’re all One which could help heal all the heart breaking racism, misogyny, hatred, greed, general us vs. them crap that’s plaguing our planet.
What is the book that you feel has had the single biggest impact on your life? What impact did it have?
So many but I guess I’ll say The Catcher in the Rye by J.D. Salinger. I not only related to Holden Caulfield as a kid (outsider, too tall, craving connection) but I loved his voice in the book. It inspired me to learn to write something that real, raw and funny. I’ve read it many times over the years and the writing still blows me away.
Are there any books you haven’t mentioned that you feel would make your reading list?
I would also include the following books:
The Death of Ivan Ilyich by Leo Tolstoy,
You Can Heal Your Life by Louise Hay,
The Shipping News by Annie Proulx,
Power, Freedom and Grace by Deepak Chopra,
The Power of Now by Eckhart Tolle,
A Walk in the Woods by Bill Bryson,
A Return to Love by Marianne Williamson,
The Glass Castle by Jeannette Walls,
The Dark Side of the Light Chasers by Debbie Ford,
and Naked by David Sedaris.
What books or subject matter do you plan on reading in the next year?
Everything by or about Gloria Steinem.
If you were to write an autobiography – what would it be called?
No Experience Necessary.