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From the New York Times bestselling author of I'm Judging You, a hilarious and transformational book about how to tackle fear--that everlasting hater--and audaciously step into lives, careers, and legacies that go beyond even our wildest dreams. Luvvie Ajayi Jones is known for her trademark wit, warmth, and perpetual truth-telling. But even she's been challenged by the enem From the New York Times bestselling author of I'm Judging You, a hilarious and transformational book about how to tackle fear--that everlasting hater--and audaciously step into lives, careers, and legacies that go beyond even our wildest dreams. Luvvie Ajayi Jones is known for her trademark wit, warmth, and perpetual truth-telling. But even she's been challenged by the enemy of progress known as fear. She was once afraid to call herself a writer, and nearly skipped out on doing a TED talk that changed her life because of imposter syndrome. As she shares in Professional Troublemaker, she's not alone. We're all afraid. We're afraid of asking for what we want because we're afraid of hearing "no". We're afraid of being different, of being too much or not enough. We're afraid of leaving behind the known for the unknown. But in order to do the things that will truly, meaningfully change our lives, we have to become professional troublemakers: people who are committed to not letting fear talk them out of the things they need to do or say to live free. With humor and honesty, and guided by the influence of her professional troublemaking Nigerian grandmother, Funmilayo Faloyin, Luvvie walks us through what we must get right within ourselves before we can do the things that scare us; how to use our voice for a greater good; and how to put movement to the voice we've been silencing--because truth-telling is a muscle. The point is not to be fearless, but to know we are afraid and charge forward regardless. It is to recognize that the things we must do are more significant than our fears. This book is about how to live boldly in spite of all the reasons we have to cower. Let's go!


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From the New York Times bestselling author of I'm Judging You, a hilarious and transformational book about how to tackle fear--that everlasting hater--and audaciously step into lives, careers, and legacies that go beyond even our wildest dreams. Luvvie Ajayi Jones is known for her trademark wit, warmth, and perpetual truth-telling. But even she's been challenged by the enem From the New York Times bestselling author of I'm Judging You, a hilarious and transformational book about how to tackle fear--that everlasting hater--and audaciously step into lives, careers, and legacies that go beyond even our wildest dreams. Luvvie Ajayi Jones is known for her trademark wit, warmth, and perpetual truth-telling. But even she's been challenged by the enemy of progress known as fear. She was once afraid to call herself a writer, and nearly skipped out on doing a TED talk that changed her life because of imposter syndrome. As she shares in Professional Troublemaker, she's not alone. We're all afraid. We're afraid of asking for what we want because we're afraid of hearing "no". We're afraid of being different, of being too much or not enough. We're afraid of leaving behind the known for the unknown. But in order to do the things that will truly, meaningfully change our lives, we have to become professional troublemakers: people who are committed to not letting fear talk them out of the things they need to do or say to live free. With humor and honesty, and guided by the influence of her professional troublemaking Nigerian grandmother, Funmilayo Faloyin, Luvvie walks us through what we must get right within ourselves before we can do the things that scare us; how to use our voice for a greater good; and how to put movement to the voice we've been silencing--because truth-telling is a muscle. The point is not to be fearless, but to know we are afraid and charge forward regardless. It is to recognize that the things we must do are more significant than our fears. This book is about how to live boldly in spite of all the reasons we have to cower. Let's go!

30 review for Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual

  1. 5 out of 5

    Jenny Lawson

    This book is a comfort and a challenge.  It inspires, encourages and heartens, which is something I needed at the moment.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Lou

    Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual serves up life-changing, transformational tips on how to conquer fear and live your best life. With her uniquely funny and bright style, Jones delves into the topic of fear in order to embolden readers to confront imposter syndrome, engage in truth-telling, and embrace their inner troublemaker in order to become their most authentic self. This way of thinking allows us to "audaciously step into lives, careers and legacies that go beyond even our Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual serves up life-changing, transformational tips on how to conquer fear and live your best life. With her uniquely funny and bright style, Jones delves into the topic of fear in order to embolden readers to confront imposter syndrome, engage in truth-telling, and embrace their inner troublemaker in order to become their most authentic self. This way of thinking allows us to "audaciously step into lives, careers and legacies that go beyond even our wildest dreams". Split into three distinct sections—Be, encourages us to be introspective initially to assess and work on internal issues; Say, encourages us to speak out about issues truthfully and openly for the greater good; and Do, in which we are encouraged to progress on to tangible movements rather than mere words to make an even bigger difference. A strong sense of identity is the underpinning aspect of her strategy and the exercises provided throughout the book aim to help readers with self-expression (such as listing one's values and goals), how to maximise your core values and the importance of self-exploration, empowerment and clarity of thinking. I loved the interspersing of personal anecdotes throughout the narrative of little life lessons she had learned from her Nigerian grandmother, the vividly portrayed Funmilayo Faloyinm who she clearly has very much taken after. This is an insightful, thought-provoking personal growth tool on the importance of speaking up for yourself and throughout Jones presses us to embrace and celebrate our accomplishments and strive to achieve in whatever areas our hearts desire. She uses examples of her own episodes of impulsiveness to neatly illustrate how they can be turned from mistakes or failures into learning experiences by taking the lesson and running with it, owning your own behavioural faux pas and being independent, fierce and fantastic. Luvvie is a guru to her fans, who love her unique brand of empowering truth talk, and it’s not hard to see why. Her infectious energy jumps off the page and this book can’t help but put a smile on your face and make you stand that bit taller. It's a powerful and indispensable no-nonsense guide to facing your fears head-on and it could hardly have come at a more fitting time—the middle of a pandemic in which much of the population are understandably paralysed with fear and anxiety. Bold, enlightening and endlessly witty, Jones instils the courage in you to be your true, unapologetic self. As Jones states in her own words, "the point is not to be fearless. It is to know we are afraid and to charge forward regardless, to recognise the things we must do are more significant than the things we are afraid to do. This book shows you how I’ve done it, and how you can, too." Highly recommended.

  3. 5 out of 5

    Dawn Stahl

    I'm a fan of Luvvie's online presence, her now-famous TED talk, and her first book, so I had high expectations for this one. In it, she takes on a common enemy of personal progress — that plays-dirty voice in your head called "fear." Using common sense and uncommon wit, therapy-style wisdom, the inspiration of her Nigerian grandmother, and her own lived experience, Luvvie shows you how to side-eye the fear right out of your head so you can put action to intention and live your best life. Unfortu I'm a fan of Luvvie's online presence, her now-famous TED talk, and her first book, so I had high expectations for this one. In it, she takes on a common enemy of personal progress — that plays-dirty voice in your head called "fear." Using common sense and uncommon wit, therapy-style wisdom, the inspiration of her Nigerian grandmother, and her own lived experience, Luvvie shows you how to side-eye the fear right out of your head so you can put action to intention and live your best life. Unfortunately, it all fell just a little short for me. Luvvie's perspective and certainly her relationship with and the inspiration she draws from her grandmother are unique and powerful but the overall messaging here felt fairly basic and the content felt a little stretched and repetitive. Your mileage may vary, of course. This is the kind of book for which previous experience and exposure are key. I could definitely see it being a great graduation gift or be a powerful boost for a young professional.

  4. 4 out of 5

    Lola Åkerström

    UPDATE - Finally finished the audio book and phew, I needed all of that coursing through my veins. The chapter on "Get a Nigerian Friend" took me out. Haaa, the privilege and joy to be Yoruba :) ---------------------------------------- I'm currently 10% into the audio book and this is already a solid 5-stars from me! As a Nigerian woman who is also Yoruba, this is everything. EVERYTHING! Excellent soundbites, tons of quotes to scribble down and hold close to your heart. Do yourself a favor and get UPDATE - Finally finished the audio book and phew, I needed all of that coursing through my veins. The chapter on "Get a Nigerian Friend" took me out. Haaa, the privilege and joy to be Yoruba :) ---------------------------------------- I'm currently 10% into the audio book and this is already a solid 5-stars from me! As a Nigerian woman who is also Yoruba, this is everything. EVERYTHING! Excellent soundbites, tons of quotes to scribble down and hold close to your heart. Do yourself a favor and get the audio version with Luvvie reading herself!

  5. 4 out of 5

    Anna

    Fantastic audiobook. I love her truth and hope I remember to put her words into action!

  6. 4 out of 5

    Folio Review

    Luvvie Ajayi-Jones’ Fear-Fighter Manual seems to be written by an amateur troublemaker, not a professional one – unlike what the book proclaims. Reading this book was a chore, I had to force myself to finish it. It was an unpleasant surprise to tread through a half-baked memoir disguising as a self-help book, especially because Luvvie’s first book, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, was so good! To be fair, The Fear-Fighter Manual might have made for a good debut book; the many trips down memo Luvvie Ajayi-Jones’ Fear-Fighter Manual seems to be written by an amateur troublemaker, not a professional one – unlike what the book proclaims. Reading this book was a chore, I had to force myself to finish it. It was an unpleasant surprise to tread through a half-baked memoir disguising as a self-help book, especially because Luvvie’s first book, I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, was so good! To be fair, The Fear-Fighter Manual might have made for a good debut book; the many trips down memory lane, anecdotes and personal stories would be forgiven in a debut book. However, since Luvvie already has a debut book and this is a sequel to it, it’s hard to overlook the quirks that would have made a first book cute. In her recent book, Ajayi advises her readers to, “Write like nobody’s reading, it’s going to come out in the truest way possible because there’s no agenda.” But, considering that her book reads more like a memoir than a guide, it appears pretentious, something with an agenda to keep the naysayers at bay. Is Luvvie taking her own advice or does she need it more than her readers? Throughout the book, Ajayi-Jones sounded defensive; like she’s trying to explain her actions to an unseen group of people she alone is aware of. Her signature sarcasm is missing, making the authenticity of her “side-eye” lacklustre. To new readers, it might seem like she got it all right, but the difference will be clear when they read I’m Judging You: The Do-Better Manual, and compare it to Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual. Luvvie’s Fear-Fighter Manual brings nothing new to the table. It’s like every other self-help book that exists without a unique angle. It not only repeats itself, but it also echoes others. Of course, I enjoyed some parts of the book. Stories about Grandma Fáloyin, Luvvie’s Maternal Grandmother, were fun highlights and a great reprieve from some circus performance shenanigans in other parts of the book. That’s the same way I felt about reading Shonda Rhimes speeches in Year of Yes, even though I didn’t like that book. Some nice quotes like, “Dreaming big is in itself a privilege,” also enlivened The Fear-Fighter Manual somewhat; if you ignore the fact that they are truths we all know and have heard in one place or another. Overall, the only thing that kept me going while reading the book was the unique story about Grandma Fáloyin and little home truths. In fact, I believe that her first book would have done a better job as a fear-fighter manual than this one. I also believe that this book would have stood a better chance if it was tagged as a memoir. If you’re looking for books that will help you fight fear, here are a few recommendations: Ask for It (Linda Babcock, Sara Laschever) How to Go From Where You Are to Where You Want to Be (Jack Canfield) The Gifts of Imperfection (Brené Brown) The Subtle Art of Not Giving a Fuck (Mark Manson) I’m Judging You: The Do Better Manual (Luvvie Ajayi) The Aladdin Factor (Jack Canfield, Mark Victor Hansen) Keep Going (Austin Kleon) *** This review was originally posted on https://folioreview.wordpress.com

  7. 4 out of 5

    Sawdah Jaulim

    Professional Troublemaker by Luvvie Ajayi Jones This is my favourite book of 2021!!! Luvvie is like the big sister one needs in life. She is bada$$ and takes no Sh#t. She provides a blanket of comfort and support for this time of needs. I bumped into this book after her 2017 TEDtalk - Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable. Oh. The. Grace! How to be a professional Troublemaker BE – SAY – DO! and do not fear. Or fear but go ahead anyway. Because you are so worth it. She says: ‘While a Professional Professional Troublemaker by Luvvie Ajayi Jones This is my favourite book of 2021!!! Luvvie is like the big sister one needs in life. She is bada$$ and takes no Sh#t. She provides a blanket of comfort and support for this time of needs. I bumped into this book after her 2017 TEDtalk - Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable. Oh. The. Grace! How to be a professional Troublemaker BE – SAY – DO! and do not fear. Or fear but go ahead anyway. Because you are so worth it. She says: ‘While a Professional Troublemaker isn’t someone who manufactures chaos and crises, they do understand that chaos can come from being honest and authentic and going against the tide.” How to do that? Well, she talks a lot about being and asserting your TOOmuchness. She says: ‘We err on the side of humility to our detriment. Do. Not. Shrink. We’ve had so much practice shrinking ourselves and trying to make ourselves smaller that when it’s time for us to take up space we do no know how... who are we helping by being muted versions of ourselves?” BE – SAY – DO! Write your life statement mission. How? Use the Game of Thrones method. AAAHHH! Who are you? Who are your tribe? What do you stand for? What do you want to do to get to the throne? Be as authentic as you can be with yourself, she says and work on that. Because ‘when there is no enemy within, the enemy outside can do you no harm.’ Another thing that made my jaw drop when reading the book was the positive racism within. Omg. Those capitalist white dudes took a heavy toll. Her boldness is priceless. “The audacity of unshackled white men is massive. The system that white men created, designed and profit from, that makes the rest of us afraid of our own shadow while they step on our backs, is well done, ain’t it? It works so well. We need the same nerve and rashness to dare to think these things are possible too, even when we know that we might need to be four times as good, three times as qualified, and twice as professional to get what they will have handed to them when they walk into a room in their cargo shorts. So, i say with caveat and without naivete: Dreaming big is in itself a privilege. However, I’m asking us to trick ourselves into thinking we HAVE the privilege to think big.” Do you hear Olivia Pope talking? Well, you should. Imagine how dope she is, she recaps Scandal episode on her blog!!! You think this is bold... now think again. She challenges Michelle Obama’s most trending quote, ‘When they go low we go high’. SHE. DOES. NOT. AGREE. She explains this part during the immigrate isolation in America when ‘the walking cheetos’ announced he is closing the borders. NO. She says, we do not go high because ain’t half the country is understanding niceness, WE. GO. AS. WILD. And makes us heard. The next best thing is quoting, Maya Angelou, Khalil Gribran, Palms 61 aaaannnnddd Allah. Like literally. This is Dope. READ IT!!! READ IT NOW.

  8. 4 out of 5

    Jill Celeste

    I knew as soon as Luvvie Ajayi Jones announced the release of her new book, Professional Troublemaker, I had to get my hands on it. Any book subtitled The Fear-Fighting Manual is for me! I preordered the book as soon as I could, and I cleared my calendar to read it. As always, Luvvie never disappoints. Dedicated to the memory of her grandmother (and the “good trouble” she caused), Professional Troublemaker shares truth bombs about how we must move through our fears to accomplish what we want in li I knew as soon as Luvvie Ajayi Jones announced the release of her new book, Professional Troublemaker, I had to get my hands on it. Any book subtitled The Fear-Fighting Manual is for me! I preordered the book as soon as I could, and I cleared my calendar to read it. As always, Luvvie never disappoints. Dedicated to the memory of her grandmother (and the “good trouble” she caused), Professional Troublemaker shares truth bombs about how we must move through our fears to accomplish what we want in life. The book is divided into three parts: 1. Be – how to work through the internal stuff so you can move forward, despite your fears 2. Say – how to advocate for yourself and others using your voice, even if it trembles 3. Do – how to do the things that scare the crap out of you Luvvie sprinkles in stories about her grandmother, as well as her own life, to illustrate how one can bust through fear (and why it’s important to do so). I think you’ll love Luvvie’s humorous approach, side-eyes, and tell-it-like-it-is style. I know I did. My big takeaways: #1: “We fear having too much hope.” Right there on page 43, Luvvie dropped a truth bomb, which felt like a 2x4 to my forehead: “When we are afraid of having too much hope, we’re actually afraid of being disappointed.” Damn, she’s right. I don’t dream big enough. Or at least I didn’t use to. Now I dream of being a New York Times bestselling author. I am not focused on disappointment; I am focused on my dream. For even if I never make that bestseller status, I know I tried. And that’s worth the journey. #2: You will fuck up on your journey. I don’t like to fail. I have come a long way in reframing failures as lessons, but a big part of me still fears failure. Luvvie shared a story of how she failed miserably – and very publicly – and how this one failure stopped her from growing and sharing her gifts. I appreciate her story because it’s one I fear I may go through. Well, guess what? It’s inevitable I will fail loudly too, so instead of avoiding it, maybe I should just accept it and move on. How about you? Can you stop avoiding failure? Can you accept that you will make mistakes on your journey? How Professional Troublemaker relates to entrepreneurs: Luvvie is an entrepreneur, and every lesson in this book will help entrepreneurs. Professional Troublemaker can be your primer on how to do things, despite the fear. Because if you want to succeed in your business, you will have to do things that scare the shit out of you. If you need someone to cheer you on and to show you how it’s done, grab Professional Troublemaker.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Larka Fenrir

    This book is a middle finger up to fear And this is pretty much all there is to say about it: author Luvvie Ajayi Jones, respected blogger and motivational speaker, which in her previous book I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual talks about the importance of standing up and taking the lead for a better world, inspires us to conquer fear in her second book. Maybe someone already knows her for the already mentioned blog or for the TEDtalk the changed her career Get Comfortable with Being This book is a middle finger up to fear And this is pretty much all there is to say about it: author Luvvie Ajayi Jones, respected blogger and motivational speaker, which in her previous book I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual talks about the importance of standing up and taking the lead for a better world, inspires us to conquer fear in her second book. Maybe someone already knows her for the already mentioned blog or for the TEDtalk the changed her career Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable if not from his publications, but I personally didn't know anything about this author until now. This being said, it will be no reason at all not to go on and follow her, catching up with his first best seller: with her colloquial style, Luvvie talks us into a world in which fear will be always present as evolutionary drive, but it can be tamed for a better world. Guiding as through a series of themed chapter, she peppers her talks with first hand experiences, both successful and otherwise, and memories of her life and her love ones' as boosters. This book is a good dose of tough love, in which Luvvie doesn't deny the challenges we're bound to face for a better future, but she also give us the tools and her understanding to make that first, fundamental first step. I think it is important that we know what our problems are, and that we create the world we prefer to live in. Rating: ★★★★ Other books by the author • I'm Judging You: The Do-Better Manual Other ispirational books • Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and Into Your Life • Do the Work: The Official Unrepentant, Ass-Kicking, No-Kidding, Change-Your Life Sidekick to Unfu*k Yourself • Stop Doing That Sh*t: End Self-Sabotage and Demand Your Life Back • On Writing: A Memoir of the Craft ~ for writers • The Fox and the Star ~ fiction • Eat Pray Love: One Woman's Search for Everything Across Italy, India and Indonesia ~ memoir

  10. 5 out of 5

    Karen

    This is an insightful, thought-provoking personal growth tool on the importance of speaking up for yourself and throughout Jones presses us to embrace and celebrate our accomplishments and strive to achieve in whatever areas our hearts desire. She uses examples of her own episodes of impulsiveness to neatly illustrate how they can be turned from mistakes or failures into learning experiences by taking the lesson and running with it, owning your own behavioural faux pas and being independent, fie This is an insightful, thought-provoking personal growth tool on the importance of speaking up for yourself and throughout Jones presses us to embrace and celebrate our accomplishments and strive to achieve in whatever areas our hearts desire. She uses examples of her own episodes of impulsiveness to neatly illustrate how they can be turned from mistakes or failures into learning experiences by taking the lesson and running with it, owning your own behavioural faux pas and being independent, fierce and fantastic. Luvvie is a guru to her fans, who love her unique brand of empowering truth talk, and it’s not hard to see why. Her infectious energy jumps off the page and this book can’t help but put a smile on your face and make you stand that bit taller. It's a powerful and indispensable no-nonsense guide to facing your fears head-on and it could hardly have come at a more fitting time—the middle of a pandemic in which much of the population are understandably paralysed with fear and anxiety. Bold, enlightening and endlessly witty, Jones instils the courage in you to be your true, unapologetic self. As Jones states in her own words, "the point is not to be fearless. It is to know we are afraid and to charge forward regardless, to recognise the things we must do are more significant than the things we are afraid to do. This book shows you how I’ve done it, and how you can, too." I highly recommend this book. I would like to thank Netgalley and Quercus for an e ARC of The Fear fighter manual in return for an honest review.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Giselle Edwards

    When I first saw Luvvie Ajayi Jones, it was on TED Talk. I didn't know anything about her past or her blogging career. After seeing her book come up in my feeds, I decided to read it. She received really awesome reviews and her photos command presence—something that can't be looked past. I am learning to be more courageous when it comes to pursuing different avenues of outreach, skill development, and networking. As a woman of color, we are often taught that we need to appear humble and not over When I first saw Luvvie Ajayi Jones, it was on TED Talk. I didn't know anything about her past or her blogging career. After seeing her book come up in my feeds, I decided to read it. She received really awesome reviews and her photos command presence—something that can't be looked past. I am learning to be more courageous when it comes to pursuing different avenues of outreach, skill development, and networking. As a woman of color, we are often taught that we need to appear humble and not overshadow other people—no matter what this means when it comes to our own growth. In all actuality, it's okay to stand up for yourself, 'gas' yourself up, and open yourself up to various opportunities without caring about judgment. You don't get what you don't ask for. Many women(especially women of color) are afraid to ask for what our counterparts are already getting. Crazy, right? The part that I will be working on improving the most is developing friendships with the right people and knowing each circle serves a different purpose in my life. This woman needs inspiration from various resources. May the universe and my own work bring these people into my life! Overall, this is a really good book with life lessons from her career, personal life, childhood, and the strength of her Nigerian grandmother not being afraid to break the mold of what was perceived as the typical woman from her tribe. She stood up for herself and paved the way for her community. She didn't need permission to live life and be the woman she was meant to be. Be fearless!

  12. 5 out of 5

    Andrea

    I'm almost done with this and I don't suspect my opinion will change in the last 80 pages. I have to admit, I'm only family with Luvvie in the most basic of ways in that I know she exists and that people love her. I've never read her previous works and the feedback that stood out to me was from one of my Black friends that isn't, really, a fan. However, the reason she's not a fan is absolutely addressed in this book and I thought it showed a level of self awareness, thoughtfulness, and considera I'm almost done with this and I don't suspect my opinion will change in the last 80 pages. I have to admit, I'm only family with Luvvie in the most basic of ways in that I know she exists and that people love her. I've never read her previous works and the feedback that stood out to me was from one of my Black friends that isn't, really, a fan. However, the reason she's not a fan is absolutely addressed in this book and I thought it showed a level of self awareness, thoughtfulness, and consideration that I admired. The book is really enjoyable in how she writes and I'm glad I chose to read it to form my own opinion, but it's a bit repetitive in the themes and more than a bit privileged in its advice. Yes, the advice can be taken by anyone, anywhere, anytime and she does, sort of, touch on her privilege, but not enough for me to feel like she understands that sometimes circumstances really are outside of a persons control due to the system, socioeconomic issues, etc. So that was a bit of a distraction for me. Overall, however, we can all use some of the advice and building up of ourselves that she gives and recommends. We must ALL be our own loudest cheerleaders! We must all know who we are in order to BE ourselves, know what's important to us, and create lives that we'll be happy to live.

  13. 4 out of 5

    Angie (angieoverbooked)

    I've been anticipating this book by Luvvie Ajayi Jones ever since I read her first book, I'm Judging You, in 2016. Before I even knew the title or topic, it was going to be an auto read. Well, it's here and it's SO good. The best thing I can do is share a few of the endless gems Luvvie drops and if they resonate with you, get the book. 💯😘 💎 Oftentimes, when we want something that doesn't come with a manual, we are afraid of it, because we could lose our way since there's no map. Well, maybe WE a I've been anticipating this book by Luvvie Ajayi Jones ever since I read her first book, I'm Judging You, in 2016. Before I even knew the title or topic, it was going to be an auto read. Well, it's here and it's SO good. The best thing I can do is share a few of the endless gems Luvvie drops and if they resonate with you, get the book. 💯😘 💎 Oftentimes, when we want something that doesn't come with a manual, we are afraid of it, because we could lose our way since there's no map. Well, maybe WE are supposed to draw the map, so someone who comes behind us won't get lost. Create the map you didn't have. 💎 If you are not the truth teller in the room, you can at least be backup for them. If you aren't going to be the first domino, be the second. 💎 Yes, we're afraid of the worst-case scenario happening, but what if the best-case scenario happens? What if we change systems in the rooms that we're in or we change people we come across because we dare to be people who decided to show up and use our necessary voices? 💎 I wonder what would happen if we were given the permission to constantly ask for more, from life and the universe, from relationships, from bosses and colleagues. What might happen when we realize that NO won't kill us but YES could change our lives?

  14. 5 out of 5

    Jess Witkins

    Luvvie Ajayi Jones does not disappoint. No matter what she is doing, she shows up, in her whole self, and tells you how it is! I loved her first book, "I'm Judging You: The Do Better Manual," and it's been a crowd favorite when shared at my library's storytime for adults program. As one of my go-to staff picks, I had to check out her latest book. I would recommend all women pick up "Professional Troublemaker" for the chapter on pay equity and salary negotiation alone! That is full of facts and w Luvvie Ajayi Jones does not disappoint. No matter what she is doing, she shows up, in her whole self, and tells you how it is! I loved her first book, "I'm Judging You: The Do Better Manual," and it's been a crowd favorite when shared at my library's storytime for adults program. As one of my go-to staff picks, I had to check out her latest book. I would recommend all women pick up "Professional Troublemaker" for the chapter on pay equity and salary negotiation alone! That is full of facts and will do more for women and equal pay than I can imagine if we can just get them to read this and be confident enough to ASK FOR MORE MONEY. (Or more time off or benefits or what-have-you, because as Luvvie points out, time is money and there's a whole package to negotiate.) Full of Luvvie's signature side eye and wisdom, this book is a humorous, but passionate, examination of not letting fear dictate your whole life. It's a manifesto and I'm here for it! As Luvvie says in her introduction, "Let's get to it." Thank you to NetGalley and to the Volumes app for an advanced copy and audio version (which is phenom!). Also I pre-ordered this book so I could own my copy and refer back to it - because - GOOD STUFF!

  15. 4 out of 5

    Verity W

    *****Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review***** So this is a readable and insightful look at the importance of speaking up for yourself and how to navigate that without blowing up your life or reliving your mistakes forever more. This is dedicated to the author's grandmother - a formidable Nigerian woman who overcame substantial obstacles, lived her life as she wanted and spoke out when she thought it was needed. I particularly enjoyed reading about how the author's upbringing - spli *****Copy from NetGalley in return for an honest review***** So this is a readable and insightful look at the importance of speaking up for yourself and how to navigate that without blowing up your life or reliving your mistakes forever more. This is dedicated to the author's grandmother - a formidable Nigerian woman who overcame substantial obstacles, lived her life as she wanted and spoke out when she thought it was needed. I particularly enjoyed reading about how the author's upbringing - split between Nigeria and the US has informed her perspective and the lessons that she has taken from the strong women in her life and the squad she has built around herself. It is quite American-self-help book in tone at times- which is not always my style, but I enjoyed it and found it just on the right side of my personal line for that. I'm not sure how much of this is applicable to my life - but there are some important ideas and lessons here that I will sit with (as the Americans say) and digest and try to use to inform my thinking and behaviour. Also I already couldn't wait to be able to meet up with people in person again, but after all the sections about her friends and squad, that's only got worse!

  16. 5 out of 5

    chris

    there were some gems. it wasn't as great and wonderful for me as it was for a lot of other people. didn't like: points deducted for introduction and epilogue, nor how the book was broken up in three parts (not sure why this matter or would be helpful to the reader?). when people talk about "standing up for others" and "speak up" it's like a blanket statement without the practical "how do you do it" advice and scenarios to help support you while doing it and prepare you for potential blowback afte there were some gems. it wasn't as great and wonderful for me as it was for a lot of other people. didn't like: points deducted for introduction and epilogue, nor how the book was broken up in three parts (not sure why this matter or would be helpful to the reader?). when people talk about "standing up for others" and "speak up" it's like a blanket statement without the practical "how do you do it" advice and scenarios to help support you while doing it and prepare you for potential blowback after. I prefer specific examples. it's like if you say "there are trolls on social media" (I'm using trolls as an example, not something from the book). okay. but knowing there are trolls and experiencing an onslaught online and/or that spills into your every day life first hand is, I suspect totally different. how can you prevent/prepare/stay safe if they get you locked in their sites because you "stood up for someone" or "spoke up"? liked: ch 10 draw lines, so far the best chapter for me. also appreciated the info on "positive toxicity". the chapter about her grandmother was amazing and almost wish the book opened with that.

  17. 4 out of 5

    Zibby Owens

    This book is about how to be a professional troublemaker and how to fight fear. A professional troublemaker is someone who has to make trouble in this world to disrupt the status quo for the greater good. It's not about being a contrarian; it's about understanding when people ask us to bow that if we don't, it doesn't mean we're making trouble. We can't be afraid to say, "Yes, I am a professional troublemaker because I insist on doing what is hard, especially when it's hard, as long as it is for This book is about how to be a professional troublemaker and how to fight fear. A professional troublemaker is someone who has to make trouble in this world to disrupt the status quo for the greater good. It's not about being a contrarian; it's about understanding when people ask us to bow that if we don't, it doesn't mean we're making trouble. We can't be afraid to say, "Yes, I am a professional troublemaker because I insist on doing what is hard, especially when it's hard, as long as it is for my good or the good of everybody around me." That's why this book is so important; it encourages us all to push limits. The author encourages us not to build up monsters in our heads of things that can happen. This fear stops us from doing what we're supposed to do or saying what we're supposed to say. Then we end up opting out of the "best-case scenario" because we're afraid of the"worst-case scenario" that never comes. To listen to my interview with the author, go to my podcast at: https://zibbyowens.com/transcript/luv...

  18. 5 out of 5

    Megan Korponic

    I’ve made other posts about this one, and passed on so many more tidbits I wanted to share, but this is the culminating one... Luvvie Ajayi Jones writes with a voice unlike any other. She speaks to your darkest of places, your daily and periodic questions, and the triumphs you’ve celebrated. Professional Troublemaking is a call to action, and inspiration, a journey, a battle cry to remind you that you aren’t finished yet! This is one that, although “finished” will not reside back on the book shel I’ve made other posts about this one, and passed on so many more tidbits I wanted to share, but this is the culminating one... Luvvie Ajayi Jones writes with a voice unlike any other. She speaks to your darkest of places, your daily and periodic questions, and the triumphs you’ve celebrated. Professional Troublemaking is a call to action, and inspiration, a journey, a battle cry to remind you that you aren’t finished yet! This is one that, although “finished” will not reside back on the book shelf, no place quite right, but rather on my nightstand. I took photos of pages, passages, and one liners, I texted friends and myself, I wanted to write in the margins and highlight all over! I shook my head, but my lip, moaned an AMEN, celebrated, laughed.... everything! This is one I will continuously pick up, searching for the reminder, the steps, a key nugget. This book shall a go-to. This is one for us all! This is one that you may not need right now, but you will at some point... it is that good... chicken soup for YOU! #lifechanging #fearfighting #notdoneyet #growthmindset

  19. 4 out of 5

    Catrina

    Luvvie does it again! I can't wait to get a physical copy of this book and begin bookmarking and annotating. That was the only downside of the ARC, it did not format well on kindle. The Fear-Fighter is what we all needed to hear and read this year. We all carry fear in some form or another, but it's the tools and lessons of learning to take action even with fear that spoke out to me. She reminded me to speak up and use my voice, and I tested myself at least four times in the last two weeks to do Luvvie does it again! I can't wait to get a physical copy of this book and begin bookmarking and annotating. That was the only downside of the ARC, it did not format well on kindle. The Fear-Fighter is what we all needed to hear and read this year. We all carry fear in some form or another, but it's the tools and lessons of learning to take action even with fear that spoke out to me. She reminded me to speak up and use my voice, and I tested myself at least four times in the last two weeks to do this very thing, move out of my comfort zone by not being silent, complicit and learning to ask for more in my work life (because men do it all the time). Her sentiments that the only thing that is consistent in life is change, empowered me to continue to be bold and find growth. Along with all these lessons, of course, Luvvie finds ways to make you laugh and cry at the same time, and I loved the stories of her grandma Mama Faloyin weaved into this book.

  20. 4 out of 5

    Colleen Rice

    This review has been hidden because it contains spoilers. To view it, click here. Having not read Luvvie's first book, I didn't know what to expect going into this. I can't remember who recommended/promoted the book (either Jenn Hatmaker or Brené Brown, I think), but I added it to my must read immediately. And OH MAN, I LOVED it! I prefer to listen to most of my books so I can do other things at the same time (gardening, design, cooking), and listening to Luvvie narrate this was like hanging out with a friend I didn't know I needed. She is hilarious, candid, and I would laugh Having not read Luvvie's first book, I didn't know what to expect going into this. I can't remember who recommended/promoted the book (either Jenn Hatmaker or Brené Brown, I think), but I added it to my must read immediately. And OH MAN, I LOVED it! I prefer to listen to most of my books so I can do other things at the same time (gardening, design, cooking), and listening to Luvvie narrate this was like hanging out with a friend I didn't know I needed. She is hilarious, candid, and I would laugh out loud multiple times. She also spit TRUTHS that I wish I'd had this time last year with all my career and personal upheaval. In short, this book is a joyful, action-driven narrative on your own power and resiliency. I can't wait to read Luvvie's first, and will likely return to this one at least yearly!

  21. 5 out of 5

    Diana

    “Grow anyway. Do what’s hard anyway. Change anyway.” I want to be Luvvie Ajayi Jones when I grow up — or, at the very least, a Professional Troublemaker. This book SPOKE TO MY SOUL. I highlighted the ever loving crap outta this book y’all, and it is something that I will return to again and again when I’m in need of inspiration. Luvvie is an incredible human being. Read her books. Follow her on social media. Watch her TED talk (Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable). Be a domino. Be better. Be “Grow anyway. Do what’s hard anyway. Change anyway.” I want to be Luvvie Ajayi Jones when I grow up — or, at the very least, a Professional Troublemaker. This book SPOKE TO MY SOUL. I highlighted the ever loving crap outta this book y’all, and it is something that I will return to again and again when I’m in need of inspiration. Luvvie is an incredible human being. Read her books. Follow her on social media. Watch her TED talk (Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable). Be a domino. Be better. Be like Luvvie. “DREAM AUDACIOUSLY” “What I know is that who we are right this moment is not who we’re going to end up being. Not only should we want to change, it is our duty to change. It is our duty to constantly look to be better than we are. And you know what that is? Growth. Growth is an obligation, and we gotta give ourselves permission to grow wildly...”

  22. 5 out of 5

    Becca Kemp

    Luuvie's message of self empowerment, being too much, and allowing yourself to go after your wildest dreams resonated greatly with me. I loved hearing about her Nigerian roots - especially her grandmother - and enjoyed writing my own oríkì. She successfully convinced me I need a Nigerian best friend! Quotes that stood out: "We don't get a gift for being the most self-deprecating in a room. Or being the one who can make fun of ourselves best. We have mastered that. Now I want us to master the art Luuvie's message of self empowerment, being too much, and allowing yourself to go after your wildest dreams resonated greatly with me. I loved hearing about her Nigerian roots - especially her grandmother - and enjoyed writing my own oríkì. She successfully convinced me I need a Nigerian best friend! Quotes that stood out: "We don't get a gift for being the most self-deprecating in a room. Or being the one who can make fun of ourselves best. We have mastered that. Now I want us to master the art of owning our dopeness." "Ask for more, because if the fear of disappointment stops you from going for what you want, then you are choosing failure in advance." "What is best for you might offend other people because once you start making choices that are truly yours, others might project their failure to do the same on you and resent you for it. That is not your fault, nor is it your business. Grow anyway. Do what's hard anyway. Change anyway." "When people remind you of your past selves, tell them yes, you remember her/him/them and you're glad they existed, because who you are now is so much better and you're thankful for it."

  23. 5 out of 5

    Elaine

    I was really looking forward to reading The Fear Fighting Manual by Luvvie Ajayi Jones as I''d enjoyed her debut book I'm Judging You. I found the book to be quite revealing and honest, as you'd expect from Luvvie. I particularly enjoyed the anecdotes she shared from her life. I would recommend the book to anyone who needs reassurance, and is also those plugged into "Black Twitter". What I didn't like, the editors have done a particularly poor job (with numbers and misaligned text which would mak I was really looking forward to reading The Fear Fighting Manual by Luvvie Ajayi Jones as I''d enjoyed her debut book I'm Judging You. I found the book to be quite revealing and honest, as you'd expect from Luvvie. I particularly enjoyed the anecdotes she shared from her life. I would recommend the book to anyone who needs reassurance, and is also those plugged into "Black Twitter". What I didn't like, the editors have done a particularly poor job (with numbers and misaligned text which would make it particularly hard to read for some) when it comes to the issuing of an ARC which has led to mNy giving the book an exceptionally low score. This is unfortunate and I hope the reviews don't hinder the book's success. Thank you to Netgalley and the publishers for this ARC in exchange for an honest review.

  24. 5 out of 5

    Christie Maliyackel

    Eh. That was my reaction by the end of this. I picked the book up on recommendation from a friend, but I just couldn’t get into it. It’s a self help book that’s intended to empower you with confidence, finding your voice and honing your passion... topics that I’m ALL ABOUT, but I just couldn’t get into this author’s advice. I think part of it is that the author’s personality and approach to life seems way too different from me; nothing wrong with that, just likely why I found it difficult to rel Eh. That was my reaction by the end of this. I picked the book up on recommendation from a friend, but I just couldn’t get into it. It’s a self help book that’s intended to empower you with confidence, finding your voice and honing your passion... topics that I’m ALL ABOUT, but I just couldn’t get into this author’s advice. I think part of it is that the author’s personality and approach to life seems way too different from me; nothing wrong with that, just likely why I found it difficult to relate - let alone apply any of her advice. That said, there are a few nuggets I sat back to reflect on, and there were a few points I was laughing aloud... I guess I was expecting a bit more of that throughout though. Why’d I pick this read? Samira’s recommendation

  25. 4 out of 5

    MMill

    A positive, enthusiastic but pull-no-punches guide to being who we really are and doing what we were meant to do. Everyone lets fear --of rejection, of hurt, of loss, of hearing "NO"-- keep them from taking steps that might lead to growth and learning at the very least, and maybe even to grand adventures and huge life changes if you're lucky. Luvvie doesn't judge anyone for being afraid or for not taking those leaps. But she does encourage them, explains why they're important, shows that the wor A positive, enthusiastic but pull-no-punches guide to being who we really are and doing what we were meant to do. Everyone lets fear --of rejection, of hurt, of loss, of hearing "NO"-- keep them from taking steps that might lead to growth and learning at the very least, and maybe even to grand adventures and huge life changes if you're lucky. Luvvie doesn't judge anyone for being afraid or for not taking those leaps. But she does encourage them, explains why they're important, shows that the worst that could happen really might not be that bad while the benefits could be limitless, and does it all with a witty, intelligent combination of self-deprecation (she knows she's a work in progress) and pride (she knows she's a badass). Her voice is so much fun, but also, it's pretty damn hard to ignore. I loved it.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Michelle

    What a breath of fresh air to read a personal development book written from a different perspective. Professional Troublemaker was my first introduction to author Luvvie Ajayi Jones, and I was instantly hooked by her wit, humor, and ability to tell it like it is. As someone who tends to play it safe, Ajayi Jones’ message was the one I need to hear again and again. Through personal experiences and inspiration from her legendary grandma, her story left me feeling empowered to amplify my voice, even What a breath of fresh air to read a personal development book written from a different perspective. Professional Troublemaker was my first introduction to author Luvvie Ajayi Jones, and I was instantly hooked by her wit, humor, and ability to tell it like it is. As someone who tends to play it safe, Ajayi Jones’ message was the one I need to hear again and again. Through personal experiences and inspiration from her legendary grandma, her story left me feeling empowered to amplify my voice, even if it doesn’t appeal to everyone. I was especially challenged (in a good way) by the chapters on speaking the truth and drawing your lines. If this is an area where you want to grow, this book will give you the encouragement and confidence you need to make a difference.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Zachary Stroth

    The audiobook for this, read by the author, is absolutely captivating. From the moving stories about her grandma, keeping it absolutely real about the bullshit that goes on in life and in the work place, and the bold actions she outlines to ensure success, happiness, and basically just how to be human - this book is perfect for graduating seniors, those entering the work force, or those who simply need to reconnect with their inner badass. From talking about negotiating salary, knowing yourself, The audiobook for this, read by the author, is absolutely captivating. From the moving stories about her grandma, keeping it absolutely real about the bullshit that goes on in life and in the work place, and the bold actions she outlines to ensure success, happiness, and basically just how to be human - this book is perfect for graduating seniors, those entering the work force, or those who simply need to reconnect with their inner badass. From talking about negotiating salary, knowing yourself, setting boundaries, and creating a squad, this book really has so much to offer for just about anyone. I laughed so much during this book, and found myself screaming during the chapter on “growing wildly” with the amount of truth she dropped. Definitely worth the read!

  28. 4 out of 5

    Chinenye Onyejiakor

    Dear Reader, don’t waste your time and money on this book. Luvie, You don’t write a book based off of the lies you chose to believe and spread about a country you don’t even live in. This book is an evident story of the extent people like you are willing to go to become whatever, at the expense of Nigerians you don’t care about. This book is full of lies and depicts how nonNigerian you are. You really didn’t have to publish a thirsty ass book to support your illusions of “funny” Nigerians, meanwh Dear Reader, don’t waste your time and money on this book. Luvie, You don’t write a book based off of the lies you chose to believe and spread about a country you don’t even live in. This book is an evident story of the extent people like you are willing to go to become whatever, at the expense of Nigerians you don’t care about. This book is full of lies and depicts how nonNigerian you are. You really didn’t have to publish a thirsty ass book to support your illusions of “funny” Nigerians, meanwhile you are only out to make money off of the white people and nonNigerians you are entertaining.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Caro

    More like 4.5, but rounding up because this was EXCELLENT. After liking but not loving I'm Judging You, I was cautiously optimistic about Professional Troublemaker. But I was hooked within five minutes and I was only left scratching my head with one chapter ("Get a Nigerian Friend", which was hilarious as everything that Luvvie writes is, but didn't exactly teach me anything about fighting fear). This book is full of inspiration AND actionable steps to battle fear in all areas of life, and I'm s More like 4.5, but rounding up because this was EXCELLENT. After liking but not loving I'm Judging You, I was cautiously optimistic about Professional Troublemaker. But I was hooked within five minutes and I was only left scratching my head with one chapter ("Get a Nigerian Friend", which was hilarious as everything that Luvvie writes is, but didn't exactly teach me anything about fighting fear). This book is full of inspiration AND actionable steps to battle fear in all areas of life, and I'm so glad I was gifted a hardcover copy because I plan to reread and highlight to my heart's content.

  30. 5 out of 5

    Jessica

    From the moment that I saw the cover of this book I knew that I would enjoy it but it surpassed my expectations. I didn’t just enjoy it, I loved it and even went to her website to download the kit that comes with it. Immediately after finishing the audiobook, I wanted to restart it because I missed laughing at Luvvie’s jokes and snapping at all the dope advice she gave. She also did a great job of contextualizing her advice by grounding it in stories from her personal experiences. I can’t wait t From the moment that I saw the cover of this book I knew that I would enjoy it but it surpassed my expectations. I didn’t just enjoy it, I loved it and even went to her website to download the kit that comes with it. Immediately after finishing the audiobook, I wanted to restart it because I missed laughing at Luvvie’s jokes and snapping at all the dope advice she gave. She also did a great job of contextualizing her advice by grounding it in stories from her personal experiences. I can’t wait to gift this book to my friends and I am so happy that I got a chance to read it.

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