I found this book randomly, and because I’m a self help junkie – referring to good self help books and bad ones – I picked it up and went through it.
It’s quite engaging. It’s fast-paced, exciting, charming, and direct. O’Hagan comes across as genuine, and I appreciate that in any book in this genre. She uses a bunch of examples of people who she thinks are “bad-ass” and “extreme,” but it doesn’t come off as cheesy or cloying.
O’Hagan recommends Checking Yourself Out, which means experiencing lots of new things to discover what your strenghths and joys are, being open to all sorts of things, and always showing up and making that effort, taking that risk. All of this is excellent advice, and very simple: at its crux, just make the effort to do new things.
That being said, it’s still kind of a soft book, a little more feel-good than cold hard tips. But that’s kind of typical of the genre; it’s the outliers that actually provide hard tips in addition to statistics and general psych-up advice.