The Art of Badassery: Unleash Your Mojo with Wisdom of the Dojo (Paperback)

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For any woman who's ever felt burned out, beaten down, or needs a reminder of how powerful she is, third-degree black belt and motivational coach of ABC's "My Diet Is Better Than Yours" teaches a unique brand of badassery--how to get back up no matter what life throws at you; how to level up your mind, body and spirit; and how to turn your setbacks into secret weapons.

Jennifer Cassetta is a nationally recognized keynote speaker, health and empowerment coach, and a 3rd-degree black belt in Hapkido.  After a brush with death on September 11th, 2001, three blocks south of the World Trade Center and then fending off an attacker late one night months later, Jenn took a deep dive into martial arts training where she learned how to harness the power of mind, body, and spirit.

Now she teaches women from colleges to corporations how to unleash their inner badass by using dojo wisdom as a metaphor for life. 

Whether the opponent is a financial hardship, a difficult boss, or being in a manipulative relationship, Cassetta teaches readers how to flex their mental muscle, how to rise above fears, and how to turn setbacks into superpowers.

Through thought-provoking exercises and no-holds-barred humor, she shows women how to close the door on blame and shame; how to grow from their Greatest (S)Hits List of life disappointments; and how to disarm and defend against the blocks that hold them back.

In life--just like in martial arts--we get pushed and pulled and kicked down. We get banged up and bruised and stretched to our limits. Cassetta champions women that while they may bend, they will not break, and that they have the power within them to rise up and stand tall.

Chapter 1: WHITE BELT: Embrace the Suck

Chapter 2: YELLOW BELT: Bounce Back

Chapter 3: ORANGE BELT: Block the Bullshit

Chapter 4: GREEN BELT: Find Your Roar

Chapter 5: BLUE BELT: Elevate Your Energy

Chapter 6: RED BELT: Connect with Your Warrior Within

Chapter 7: BLACK BELT: Take the Lead
 

About the Author


Jennifer Cassetta is a nationally recognized motivational speaker and health and empowerment coach with a third degree black belt in Hapkido and a master’s degree in nutrition. Over the past two decades, she has helped people to feel strong, safe, and powerful from the streets to the boardroom. Her keynotes and trainings have helped tens of thousands of women tap into their innate power, speak up against predatory behavior, and level up their mind, body, and spiritual wellbeing.

From teaching Carrie Fisher self-defense on The Today Show to being a featured weight loss expert on ABC-TV's My Diet is Better Than Yours, Jenn brings a unique passion plus practical tips for self-defense, optimal mental and physical health, and personal badassery.

Praise For…


"Jenn goes beyond showing women how to feel empowered. She shows them how to take action toward protecting their peace and their power. must-read, especially if you want to enhance your ability to be your own superhero."

—Shaun T, fitness motivator

“Jennifer Cassetta is the master teacher of The Art of Badassery. This book is an empowering and inspiring step-by-step (or rather, belt-by-belt) guide to help you unleash your inner warrior and kick-start the black belt journey to your highest ambitions.”

—Kara Richardson Whitely, author of Gorge: My Journey Up Kilimanjaro at 300 Pounds 

 “There are books that talk about speaking up, unleashing your inner badass, and reclaiming your power, and then there are books that show you how to do it. The Art of Badassery shows you how to do it.”

—Jess Ekstrom, author, Chasing the Bright Side

“As a mother, working hard to raise an empowered daughter, I was able to add some much-needed tools to my tool belt because of this book. It is not enough for us to tell our girls to be strong, but to empower them mentally, verbally, and physically without hesitation! A must-read as we fight for the next generation of girls to come.”

—Katie Wilcox, founder and CEO of Natural Model Management

“For any woman who wants to find her inner badass, Jenn Cassetta knows the way! The Art of Badassery is a book we all need now—a time when it’s more important than ever to own your mind, your body, and your future. Jenn provides a dynamic, funny, down-to-earth road map to becoming who you were born to be, giving step-by-step instructions on how to heal, how to grow, how to thrive.”

—Dana Belcastro, film producer and black belt

"This punchy outing lands some blows."
— Publishers Weekly
Product Details
ISBN: 9780757324321
ISBN-10: 0757324320
Publisher: Health Communications Inc
Publication Date: August 23rd, 2022
Pages: 208
Language: English

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How To Read More

If you love reading, but for some reason you read less and less, know that everything is fine. It happens.
Our lives today have so many things that distract us - how can we not put books away when all these movies, TV shows, YouTube videos, social networks and endless surfing in online stores are around ...
Yes, it's really hard to resist, but you certainly can!

In this article, we want to share with you some tips to read more often and more successfully.
These are some notes and some practices that we have collected for our SUNDOG BOOKS readers club.
And maybe it will bring more books into your life!

Why do we want/need to read more?

To start reading more, you have to understand why you need it.
And you will be surprised, but your goals can be quite varied:

- for work
If you read a lot on duty, then you definitely need to speed up the process. The logic here is simple: read faster → work faster → more time for books for yourself.

- for education
you need this for your educational career or sometimes you just want to read to learn. And, with all the new alternative ways to gain knowledge (podcasts, online courses and videos), the book still does an excellent job of this task too.

- for self-development
all exercises for increasing speed, one way or another, improve cognition and memory.

- for fun
because good books always = fun!

Book lovers have an additional special goal for reading more often. If you love literature, you will understand what we mean: you want to catch everything - to follow modern literature, and not forget about the classics, look into non-fiction and children's publications. And there’s so much you want to reread! The goals are ambitious, but attainable if you read a lot.

 

And so - How to read more:
We will tell you about the methods that we use ourselves. Perhaps some will suit you as well.

 

15 minutes a day

You've probably already heard this rule: if you want to start a healthy habit, devote 15 minutes a day to it. Once upon a time, we all read irregularly, in jumps and starts. Sometimes we cannot open a book we have begun weeks ago. Therefore, you should decide to create a rule: devote at least 15 minutes a day to reading. Try reading before bed, or maybe during lunchtime, or even when you are having your morning coffee.

You will see progress immediately. You will notice that almost always your 15 minutes will grow into half an hour or more. But the most remarkable thing is that in three weeks your hands themselves will be looking for a book.

 

50 First Pages
This method advises - If the book hasn't hooked you from the first 50 pages, put it aside! Life is too short to read uninteresting books.

It is necessary to change the approach to books. At first it will be hard for you to stop and put the book down. Even if we put the book away, it will seem to reproach us from the shelf, mocking us as quitters. But in the end we should come to one simple thought: if it doesn’t hook your attention, you should not force yourself to read it.

***Fifty pages is not a bad test. Not the most objective, but definitely effective. It helps to determine whether it interests you or not, and whether to spend time on things that do not excite.

 

Reader's Diary

This should be used to improve the quality of reading - to make it more conscious. For starters, it can be a simple notebook with headings:

  • Author
  • Year of publication
  • Main characters
  • Scene
  • Plot
  • Theme
  • Quotes

And, yes, a reader's diary is not a thing about quantity, but about quality. But, it can also motivate. When you open your diary and start looking at quotes (especially quotes), you immediately really want to read.

 

Maybe a Book Bet?
Several people can participate. Members of the betting group can come from friends, family, and also your colleagues. And of course you can set your own rules for participation, but we'll give you a simple example:

Everyone in the group should read and review a book over the course of a month with weekly updates. Anyone who does not finish a review buys the book for all other participants for the next month.

 

Speed Reading

Another effective way to increase the amount you read is speed reading. The logic here is simple - the faster you read, the more books you can enjoy.

*There are many online courses on speed reading, and you can also study on your own using instructional books. But, it is worth noting that this is a serious learning process that will require some effort on your part.

 

Outcome

Reading every day is quite attainable, the main thing is to try to make it a habit.
Sometimes, instead of heading for Facebook, try opening a book and soon you won’t even remember why you needed to wander around social media.
And also - don't forget about audiobooks. They are a cool way to take the load off your eyes sometimes and just immerse yourself in the story. Some books are really strong in voice acting.

 
 
 

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