Book Review: Awaken Your Confidence by Rachel Smets

Book Review: Awaken Your Confidence by Rachel Smets
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Book Title: Awaken Your Confidence: 15 People Share Their Journey to Success
Author: Rachel Smets
Genre: Self-help
Amazon rating: 5

Awaken Your ConfidenceDo you:: feel stuck? Feel like your life will never change? Ask yourself the same questions over and over again, without getting answers? Do you feel trapped, confused, stressed and frustrated?

You’re not alone.

Often, the root cause of feeling stuck is a lack of confidence.

Is it possible to:: become more confident? Stop feeling overwhelmed and start finding purpose and enjoyment in life? Is it really possible to pull yourself out of this low confidence cycle?

Yes! It’s absolutely possible.

Learn:: How to awaken your confidence and transform your life to get what you want. Life changes, and so can you.

You can Start Now!The goal of Awaken Your Confidence is to give you the inspiration and tools to help you grow your confidence step by step.

In Part One, 15 successful people share their journey to personal happiness and career satisfaction.

Part Two has 11 confidence hacks that you can apply immediately to start building your self-confidence.

These interviews were selected carefully to represent a variety of people from around the world. Some, such as Stephen Shedletzky or Jesse Krieger, are well-known, touring the world and speaking in front of large audiences. Some are famous authors, like Steve Scott; others are entrepreneurial coaches, such as Dr. Aziz or Scott Ballard.

They all have one thing in common: they started out with low confidence or feeling stuck in some way, but they found the tools to Awaken Their Confidence.

Reviewed by: Nancy Miller


This is, in my opinion, the thing about self-help books, I’ve written one but never published it because, when it came right down to it, who was I to give advice? So I am a bit dubious when reading one based solely on personal experience. Fifteen experiences…not so much…especially when the fifteen have so much culminated know-how.

In Awaken Your Confidence by Rachel Smelts, the testimonials of leaders in business and the arts are the ‘I did it, you can too’ that most of us can use as a catalyst for change. I say ‘most’ because there are some that simply are not to a point in their lives to accept change. For these, there will always be reasons and excuses for maintaining the status quo.

For those receptive to the message, Awaken Your Confidence is a good guidepost in your journey of self-discovery and breaking the chains holding you back. Following the stories are several chapters of Life Hacks, as she calls them. They are practical steps for putting the advice into use.

I liked the format. At the end of each chapter in the first half is a summary ‘Keys to Confidence’ highlighting points in the previous story. In the last half, the chapter summaries become ‘Taking Action’ notes.

As I said before, the book is based primarily on personal experiences and no two experiences will be completely alike. Remember also that setbacks do not mean failure. Most of these people experienced setbacks and changes did not come overnight. What they do have in common is they realized life was not giving them what they wanted and they were the only ones who could change it.

I recommend the book for its practical experience and informational guidance.

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