You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You've Got to Get What You Want

You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You've Got to Get What You Want

From the New York Times bestselling author of The Life-Changing Magic of Not Giving a F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together comes more straight talk about how to stand up for who you are and what you really want, need, and deserve--showing when it's okay to be selfish, why it's pointless to be perfect, and how to be "difficult." Being yourself should be easy, yet too many of us...

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Title:You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You've Got to Get What You Want
Author:Sarah Knight
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You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You've Got to Get What You Want Reviews

  • Laura Rash

    As always, Sarah Knight gives realistic advice with a grand sense of fucking humor! I always walk away from reading her books with my head held a little higher & my middle finger ready to extend to those who don’t like the choices I make to improve me!

    Thanks to Little Brown & Sarah for this early copy!

  • Elizabeth

    is another winning read by my new self-help guru/philosopher/audible mentor! It's so easy to know what you should know about yourself and just do it...but the truth is there are always those voices inside (and outside) that are always telling you I have always prided myself in being a strong person and yet the people pleaser in me is always doing exactly opposite of what I really want to do. If you can identify with my plight,

    is another winning read by my new self-help guru/philosopher/audible mentor! It's so easy to know what you should know about yourself and just do it...but the truth is there are always those voices inside (and outside) that are always telling you I have always prided myself in being a strong person and yet the people pleaser in me is always doing exactly opposite of what I really want to do. If you can identify with my plight, don't waste another minute and dig into the world of Sarah Knight. I find her humor and honest voice to offer invaluable inspiration. Not only do I enjoy, the first read thru of her books but I find myself digging in often for re-reads whenever the need for reinforcement calls! I highly recommend the audible versions of her books as I love hearing her voice. I know it will take me a while to master all of the concepts in the book but just focusing on doing better for myself in any way possible has been a huge step in the right direction.

  • Angie Dokos

    Not only good advice, but hilarious. I don’t agree with everything she says, and some people will hate all the cussing, but it was enjoyable to me. Very entertaining, and encouraging.

  • Diane

    I did enjoy this book but essentially it is full of very bad advice that I want to take, especially around Christmas and baby shower season. Haha! I could write this exact same book myself if I too could pack up my entire life and move to the Dominican Republic. Pretty easy to get out of all the social commitments and pressures when you are that far away from everyone. No sooner had I finished a chapter on how to be more selfish did I read a chapter on how important it is not to be selfish in th

    I did enjoy this book but essentially it is full of very bad advice that I want to take, especially around Christmas and baby shower season. Haha! I could write this exact same book myself if I too could pack up my entire life and move to the Dominican Republic. Pretty easy to get out of all the social commitments and pressures when you are that far away from everyone. No sooner had I finished a chapter on how to be more selfish did I read a chapter on how important it is not to be selfish in the book 'how to win friends and influence people'. Basically while her advice given in this book might be true- the opposite of her advice is also true. And further to that she writes 50% of this book in brackets. There are too many side points that don't need to be said. Take those words away and you have yourself a pamphlet on how to be a mega b-itch. (even though I secretly enjoy that fuck you attitude)

  • Katie (katieladyreads)

    Eh this felt to me like a long winded stand-up comedy routine that continually referenced points made in her two previous books but in between all that she did make some insightful points about “letting your freak flag fly”

  • Diana

    I listened to this because I was too tired to read since I was sick all week and therefore I might have missed the point.

    I don't think I need a "you do you" lesson, because I've never really had a problem with being my own person. I'm a bookworm, who loves electro swing, will (literally) wear my fandom on my sleeve and have no problem doing my own thing.

    Or saying what I want. Which might be the lesson I need: be you, but don't be so mean about it.

  • Heidi The Hippie Reader

    The self-styled "anti-guru" Sarah Knight adds another volume to her quirky, profanity-laden self-help series with

    .

    The focus, as you can guess from the title, is the art of allowing your authentic self to shine through without feeling guilt or being so far out of the social norms that you border on "psychopath."

    The self-styled "anti-guru" Sarah Knight adds another volume to her quirky, profanity-laden self-help series with

    .

    The focus, as you can guess from the title, is the art of allowing your authentic self to shine through without feeling guilt or being so far out of the social norms that you border on "psychopath."

    loc 146, ebook.

    And, like the previous books, Knight doesn't stint on the bad words. She admits she kept the title clean so a certain publication *cough* New York Times *cough* would print the all the words of the title in their sought after Best Seller list.

    Which Knight has made before... but had her titles censored for their content.

    loc 188, ebook.

    I enjoyed

    , but I felt it wasn't as strong as Knight's other titles because she spends so much time rehashing material she has already covered elsewhere.

    That being said, I like Knight's style, her famous diagrams and her illuminating stories. This is an author who has been there, done that and cussed about it.

    My favorite diagram in

    is Knight's "ouroboros" or symbolic, conjoined serpent of wisdom picture. The text with the cute doodle says:

    loc 1995, ebook.

    Verges on mystic Eastern wisdom, doesn't it?

    She encourages all readers everywhere to let the strange sides of yourself out- within certain boundaries. Don't hurt anybody. Don't take advantage of people. Be reasonable within your freakishness.

    loc 2130, ebook.

    "You do you" and let everybody else do them. It's that simple. It's that hard.

    Sarah Knight may be a bit of an acquired taste. Please don't read unless you have a high tolerance for bad words and, dare I say, mild snark.

    But, if you are someone in need of encouragement to let your freak flag fly, look no further.

    Thank you to NetGalley and Little Brown and Company for a free digital copy of this book.

  • Nancy

    Nothing revolutionary here, but then again, I think this book is aimed at late teens or early 20-somethings 😄. The author celebrates individualism, which I think is great, but if you’re always “doing you” I wonder if you impede your own growth sometimes? Are you really “you doing you” or just living out your outdated habits? I’ll need to think on it some more, but two stars is all this book gets for now!

  • AnnaG

    Sarah Knight's advice seems to boil down to: do what you think is right for you and don't take advice from other people because what do they know? Her book has two premises that I don't think are true (1) that you really know yourself and what is in your interests (do you?) and (2) that other people couldn't possibly understand you better and see more clearly where you are likely to end up than you can (because standing in the middle of the whirlwind gives the clearest viewpoint, or something...

    Sarah Knight's advice seems to boil down to: do what you think is right for you and don't take advice from other people because what do they know? Her book has two premises that I don't think are true (1) that you really know yourself and what is in your interests (do you?) and (2) that other people couldn't possibly understand you better and see more clearly where you are likely to end up than you can (because standing in the middle of the whirlwind gives the clearest viewpoint, or something...).

    It's weird and pretty illogical to think that taking advice from others, obeying social cues and customs and following role models isn't likely to lead to a happier/more successful life than trying to philosophise the meaning of life for yourself (or in Knight's vernacular -

    ...). Even if you have a very clear idea of your own priorities today, your life outlook is going to change radically over time in ways that your younger self can't anticipate. Look at generational voting patterns - demographics who voted majority hard left or communist in their youth now vote majority conservative/Trump/Brexit. You don't know what you'll think success was when you are older and probably your best bet of having attained whatever it is and being happy and content is to get on with holding down a productive job (even if it's repetitive or boring), forming a stable family unit, being involved in civic institutions - it's a good way to live. Conforming to social expectations is not a bad thing! You really aren't all that different from the person living next door to you or standing next to you on the commuter train.

    One area that I felt was particularly short-sighted was the attack on "family-first" as a motto. If you are lucky enough to have a strong and stable family unit behind you, you have basically the biggest privilege that you can get. Your chances of holding down that job, having a stable relationship yourself, avoiding homelessness, addiction or jail are substantially increased by having loving kin who care for you. They'll be the ones helping you through cancer, or giving you a home after the divorce or helping you pick your nursing home and then visiting you in it (although maybe not if they now live in the Dominican Republic!).

    I found it particularly ironic given the sideways snark at Christianity throughout that Knight starts with "Do unto others as you would have them do unto you" and finishes with "Judge not others lest ye yourselves be judged" - thankfully those bookend thoughts gave me two solid take-aways from this book, hence the rating.

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