Book Review | You’re Not That Great by Elan Gale

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You’re Not That Great by Elan Gale

Self-Help, Non-Fiction, Humor

Grand Central Publishing | December 5th, 2017

3/5 Stars

The self-help industry tells you that if you’re positive, if you put your best foot forward and if you just believe in yourself that you will find happiness. Let’s be real, you can read all the inspirational quotes you want. You can spend your days giving yourself affirmations in your heart-shaped mirror and trying to learn to love yourself. You can say your mantra over and over again while sitting cross-legged on a yoga mat in a Whole Foods parking lot. But the truth is, you’re not a badass and you still don’t have the life you want. That’s where You’re Not That Great (but neither is anyone else) comes in. This book teaches you how to harness all the negativity in the world and use it to improve your life, taking everyday feelings like self-loathing, regret and shame and making them work for you. Positive thinking is for assholes. Negative thinking is for winners.

My Review

“We live in a world of contentment, mediocrity, and average people who think they’re excellent.” 

— Elan Gale, You’re Not That Great

Elan Gale is straightforward and refuses to coddle anyone in his new book, You’re Not That Great (but neither is anyone else). This book teaches you how to use all the negativity around you to better improve your life. It teaches you how to take everyday feelings such as hate, regret, and shame and make them work for you. Gale provides plenty of examples of everything that he is trying to teach you. There are also quotes from several different successful people that explain how they used their negative emotions to drive that success. We all have issues, why not make them work for us?

 

 “Positivity isn’t the cure. It’s the disease.”

— Elan Gale, You’re Not That Great

 

Positivity is like a drug, it’s addictive. Studies have shown that compliments release dopamine causing you to feel pleasure, but is extremely addictive. Positivity is great at first, but you will eventually become dependent upon it.

 

 “There’s a lot of power in having other people dislike you. There is a lot of power in having other people not believe in you. There is a lot of power in people telling you that you’re never going to be the things you want to be.”

–Elan Gale, You’re Not That Great

 

Honestly, I didn’t know this was a self-help book when I decided to read it. I just thought it had a funny title. Gale’s use of vulgar language definitely separates this book from other self-help books, but no less accurate. I enjoyed reading this book far more than I thought I was going to. Gale makes everything easily relatable by providing his own experiences with using his negative emotions to succeed. I definitely feel like I have learned something from this book.

 

“Don’t ignore the haters; use the haters to make yourself better, constantly evolving, constantly changing, until you’re so much ****** better than they ever imagined you could be.”

— Elan Gale, You’re Not That Great

 

In some way, we all think we are great, which is not true, unfortunately. This will help you accept that and help you use your negativity to better yourself. I think everyone should read this book, if for nothing other than realizing that we all have issues and no one is truly “great.”

 

 “I am addicted to positivity. I am addicted to positivity. I am addicted to positivity, I care more about feeling great than being great. I am NOT THAT GREAT.”

— Elan Gale, You’re Not That Great

Thank you, NetGalley and Grand Central Publishing for an ARC copy of this book in return for an honest review.

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