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A crucial intervention for a society heading in the wrong direction, offering a new way to live in the modern age. Read by the author.

We are losing ourselves. We're chasing the wrong things, asking the wrong questions and polluting our minds. It's time to stop, it's time to resist and it's time to rethink the fundamental social blueprint that our lives are built upon.

As an 18-year-old, black, broke, lonely, insecure, university drop-out, from a bankrupt family, I wrote in my diary that I wanted to be a 'Happy Sexy Millionaire' by the age of 25. By 25 I was a multi-millionaire having created a business worth over 300 million dollars. Ironically, in achieving everything I set out to, I learnt that I was wrong about almost everything.... The world had lied to me. It lied to me about how you attain fulfilment, love and success, why those things matter and what those words actually mean.  

In this book, I'll dismantle the most popular, unaddressed lies about happiness that we've been led to believe. I'll expose the source of these lies, examine the incentives that fuel them and replace them with a practical set of scientifically proven and unconventional ideas that will help you to live a truly fulfilled life, a life full of the love you seek and the success you deserve.

©2020 Steven Bartlett (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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Self righteousness on steroids

This feels very much the work of someone who has read a lot of business and self-help books but has very little life experience. Having not even lived ten years as an adult, been married or had kids, Steven has the amazing ability to present his opinions of these life changing events as facts and as rules to follow. He rightly makes the observation that we are all very different as if that is a revelation on the scale of Relativity, but then makes grand sweeping statements on how to live your life as if we are all the same. Money doesn’t matter or make you happy - what everyone with money a miserable? He constantly reminds us that he is successful and wealthy and also claims to have mastered public speaking! The whole thing is very preachy, pretentious and opinionated, and also so woke that it steven feels very much like someone playing are role in their own life.

Very self-indulgent and a very dull story about a very short career. There are many better books about entrepreneurs and there journeys.

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Absolutely amazing

My gosh where do I start. As a 27 year old Mum firstly I want to express that this book needs to be read by every young person in the world! Steven clearly has such a way with words, everything hits home and makes many other personal development books I’ve read seem meaningless. Chapter 19 hit the hardest. You’ve inspired me to really look at my life and work out where I want to go. I will now be purchasing the hard copy of the book as I feel I want to highlight and tab many pages and sections to refer to for the rest of my life. Simply amazing Steven!

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Repetitive and not at all helpful

I really wanted to enjoy this as I like Steven Bartlett.
But this book just comes across as Jim trying to brag a little bit, like he still has a chip on his shoulder and needs people to see how successful he is. Ironically that's meant to be what the book advises against...
He mentions every 20 minutes or so how he has 700 staff, or a £200mil company valuation or charges X per hour for his very valuable time to the point it started to grate on me. Once you've validated yourself in the intro, you really don't need to do it every single chapter.
Also he claims the goal shouldn't be all work and focus on becoming a millionaire.... but that's exactly what got him there and allowed him from this position to decide it's not all that matters (despite him not offering any alternative things that do...).
I'd avoid this, there are significantly better books on happiness (Stumbling Upon Happiness) and far more successful entrepreneurs to read about also.

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Chapter 7 contradicts the rest

Well written & succinct but in earlier chapters, Steven describes, quite rightly, how we're all unhappy in the pursuit of more things. But in chapter 7 contradicts this by saying that having the choice of hundreds of genders is healthier than binary boxes. This is true for sexuality where the choices are limited but not gender as the latter creates exactly the same unhappiness through the pursuit of ever more things. With the number of genders on the increase all the time, it's a perfect example of pursuing a moving a target that will never allow you the gratitude to be happy, which is fundamentally the premise of the book.

Still definitely worth a listen but bringing gender into chapter 7 sadly aligns with pop culture far too readily when the book is arguing against it throughout

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Best book I have read so far

I have followed Steven on linkedin and instagram for a while now and his wisdom on both platforms resonate with my internal compass of how I see the world. Themes are constant and clear on all his platforms and now this book. I can summarize this book in one sentence he said "I am a guy and not a label". That statement encompasses the struggle between creating who we think we should be and what the world want us to be.

I enjoyed how fast he talked although in a particular chapter he went too fast and reduced pace Lol... which is human. It made the book more engaging than other audiobooks I have read recently.

Chapter 19 was it for me. It brings that soul crushing reality which every aware or unaware human needs, to wake up to whatever 'call' we think we have. I love facing realities and this book puts them in perspective.

Thank you Steven Bartlett for this wonderful piece. Always a fan and hope to learn more from you! 🙏🏾

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Nothing new

Looks like the author read a lot of self help books and wrote a book report. Nothing new or innovative here.

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Self-serving and a bit immature

I guess we all read these books to get an insight into how successful people make it. There is no denying that Steven is a self-made, intelligent guy, you can't deny it as he will keep telling you throughout the book. I cannot get on-board with someone who has to remind me every 20 mins or so how successful he is, how much money he has made and how he is the number one social media man at 25 or that his first car was a Range Rover, nobody really cares. How he overcame hackers, lost clients and turned things back around, that is the kind of thing most readers are interested in. I look forward to the updated version in 20 years when he has less to prove.

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Good, but there are better books in this category.

Good, but not the best and S Bartlett seems a bit big headed at times.

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targeted at a younger audience - story ok

I like Steven, and you can't not admire his success from such humble beginnings. But..... its a mashup of his journey and wise anecdotes and quotes from other gurus. I think its a motivational book for a younger audience. Over 40s would probably think it arrogant, how many times does he let us know he/his company worth is/was c.$200m? its not a classic book but will probably sell well due to his popularity. Well done Steven, but as you say, focus on what you excel at.

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Very self indulgent

Some good points raised but the focus seems to be his ego. If you want to spend 6 hours listening to him tell you how much better than anyone else he is then this is the book for you

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  • Jessica Singh
  • 12-01-22

Bored

No idea why this book has got such good reviews. I really think it’s based on too much perception and not enough fact.

Ultimately this is someone bashing the internet of things society which his business set out to create… I don’t get it. Overpriced lacking substance.

Much better reads out there.

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  • natasha
  • 13-10-21

Don’t Waste Another Moment Without This Masterpiece

From the monkey who stole Steven’s Airpods while he was writing the book secluded in an earthy jungle to the blissful precision of his quitting framework methodology, this book is filled with token after token of humor, bluntness, and eloquence on all things that will change your life.

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  • Blaski
  • 01-09-21

Great book!

It really resonated with me and Steven tells it like it is with no sugar coating. Excellent advise, great life stories and authenticity by Steven. I’m going to make this book a required reading for my entertainment promotion class!

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  • Olin BARNES
  • 29-07-22

inspiring

The good the bad and the exciting / from point A to Z I enjoyed the open clarity of the struggle to reach the goal and enjoy the success while realizing the understanding of what is really important - worth the listen for anyone who is mapping a successful life

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  • Amazon lover
  • 10-07-22

100 self help books on one- don't think twice

I, like you, am here to learn and grow.

I'm probably listened to 100+ self help books and atleast 20 phycology books. if you want the 2021 summary of the latest with passion and authenticity, read this book.

Steve also has an amazing mind blowing podcast- listen to it today!
I found his book because I was blown away by how authentic he was on his podcast, that's it.

summary in one sentence: you need to learn, grow, journal, and get therapy to get ahead of your unconscious programming that drive us all to do dumb things.

some may criticize that is not scientific or too "off the cuff", but why do you care when is all factual and based in his experience. I've learnt science is not king, experience is.

Steven, thank you!!!

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  • petes
  • 12-05-22

Contemporary, authentic and simple.

Steven relates profound existential and contemporary beliefs with contrasting realities in a non traditional, authentic and simple manner.

A good read and humble reminder of how we view success, love and meaning in what we do.

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  • Daniel
  • 30-12-21

Steven, you National Treasure you!

I’m aware, and so must Bartlett himself be, that the title is leaning on click-baity. So naturally I was hesitant, yet thinking: “if it’s anything like Diary of a CEO.. we’re Golden.”
People.. a more needed, hard-hitting, spirit uplifting game-changer of a book for anybody, especially in their twenties likely does not exist.
Thank you for you Steven.
I’m now a grateful Happy Sexy Paupernaire.

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  • Amazon Customer
  • 19-12-21

On point

I know that book has that title for marketing and he even mentioned it , but the books dives deeper into mentality and concepts/ideas that are really practical for understanding one self . The book exceeded my expectations. Amen.

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  • Luis
  • 15-12-21

awesome book

This is definitely an awesome book. Top 10 in my eyes 👀. I will be reading this multiple times

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  • Krystal Ray
  • 15-12-21

One of the most real and inspiring self help books I’ve read.

I cannot say enough about the depth with which this author speaks. You can tell he’s done the hard work to get to this level of clarity and he tells you the lessons he’s learned through his experiences. He does not explicitly go through his process, but gives you some specifics on what you, as a reader can do right now to help yourself climb up society’s ladder, but that is not the point of this book by any means.

I loved hearing it read by the author- I’m American so it sounds extra fancy to be read to in a British accent. I’ve put his voice on a few other things I’ve read recently too. You can hear that he is genuine in his love and desire to share what’s truly important in this life and that he wants his readers to have the same levels of success in life that he’s had. He will call our societal brainwashing for what it is without going into politics.

I recommend this book for anyone who is looking for fulfillment and joy in their lives and who is ready to accept that for themselves.