I’m of two minds when it comes to what many people consider self-help books. I think their intentions are often good, but I find a lot of them largely unhelpful when it comes to someone actually improving things themselves. Or maybe that’s just the way they play out for me.
But having said that, I have always considered Sarah Knight’s books in a slightly different vein than the typical self-help books. I own her previous two books, The Life Changing Magic Of Not Giving A F*ck and Get Your Sh*t Together, and really enjoyed reading them. So I guess it’s no surprise that I jumped on preordering her third book, You Do You: How To Be Who You Are and Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want. A mouthful, right? Let’s just call it You Do You for now, okay?
Like the previous books, I would consider You Do You a no-nonsense self-help book. Sarah returns to her classic blunt tone—this book certainly isn’t for someone who would be offended by occasionally strong language (think curse words). But I think she blends the blunt tone with a dollop of humour—You Do You definitely kept me laughing. I guess it kind of reminds me of talking to a good friend. Not a friend in particular, but something friends might say to one another if they needed a kick in the pants. Make sense?
Overall, I think this book, like her others, has a lot of merit. There really isn’t anything wrong with liking things a certain way or asking for something you want. Truly, so long as you are not a complete asshole about it! I also think the blunt tone allows for an easier time of processing the information. It’s not pandering to the reader, which is how I feel about quite a few typical self-help books.
I’m not sure about in practice with this book, or Sarah Knight’s other books, just yet. I’ve only really read them, but I haven’t put a lot of the words into practice. I’ve been thinking about doing it, because I agree with the vast majority of her work. I think, so long as the reader considers her words and implements them with the right idea in mind (read: does not act like an asshole about things during this process), these books can truly help individuals take more control over their lives. You Do You is a great addition to the lineup. While you can read it alone, skip the others, and still gain benefits, I would actually highly recommend reading all of Sarah Knight’s books and doing so in the publication order. This is because each of them builds on the one that came before both in the advice Sarah gives, as well as in the background Sarah provides on herself.
If you have read any of Sarah Knight’s books, including You Do You, I would love to hear what you think about them. If you have actually tried implementing the things she talks about—I would love that even more. And if you haven’t read these books? If you want to improve aspects of your life? I would buy a copy of them. And one for your best friend.
Title: You Do You: How to Be Who You Are and Use What You’ve Got to Get What You Want
Author: Sarah Knight
Publisher: Little, Brown and Company