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A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals
Written by: Rachel Hollis
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"I believe we can change the world. But first, we’ve got to stop living in fear of being judged for who we are."

Rachel Hollis has seen it too often: women not living into their full potential. They feel a tugging on their hearts for something more, but they’re afraid of embarrassment, of falling short of perfection, of not being enough.

In Girl, Stop Apologizing, number-one New York Times best-selling author and founder of a multimillion-dollar media company, Rachel Hollis sounds a wake-up call. She knows that many women have been taught to define themselves in light of other people - whether as wife, mother, daughter, or employee - instead of learning how to own who they are and what they want. With a challenge to women everywhere to stop talking themselves out of their dreams, Hollis identifies the excuses to let go of, the behaviors to adopt, and the skills to acquire on the path to growth, confidence, and believing in yourself. 

As an audiobook exclusive, join Rachel in a guided meditation bonus track designed to ground you in gratitude with focus and intention! 

PLEASE NOTE: When you purchase this title, the accompanying PDF will be available in your Library on Audible.com. 

©2019 Rachel Hollis (P)2019 Rachel Hollis

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Mixed feelings but I have to be honest

I will admit- this book was motivating. Rachel Hollis laid the book out well, and she was a great narrator for this audiobook. She had a lot of good ideas, some of them were common sense, but I did incorporate them into my life. I started drinking a LOT of water at work, climbing the stairs to the 11th floor of my building instead of taking the elevator, I started squeezing more into my schedule than I used to. I started evaluating my choices, habits and friends. I feel confident to make changes in my life. That is what a motivational book should do.

But where this book falls short, is how out of touch Rachel is with the common woman. She frequently references her lavish lifestyle and how much money she makes, yet tells us not to compare ourselves to her. I would say 40% of the book included tips on how to improve your life and mood, the other 60% was a brag-fest, and her "obstacles" are ant hills compared to the mountains some women have to climb. She says she got to where she is by working hard, but the fact is, she got where she is because she has a supportive partner who makes enough money and takes care of the kids to allow her to pursue her dreams.

I felt motivated many times throughout this book. Other times, long after I stopped listening to it, I would randomly get angry about how much she brags about her life, and what examples she references to make her points. Near the end, she mentioned diversity and including more viewpoints from women of colour, women of all sizes, gay, bi, etc. yet she didn't think to talk to anyone else about their REAL problems before writing a self-help book where the majority of examples don't apply to the majority of the audience. Flying first class, lavish vacations, boob jobs, eyelash extensions, a nanny.. I just couldn't relate. Also, as a scientist, and a women with no children, she rarely used any examples that would pertain to me. Not all of us want a huge social media following, and not many of us base our success on how much we weigh.

I just felt that this book missed the mark and excluded many great women also looking for motivation that aren't social media gurus or mothers. I will not read any more books from her.

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Not my favorite

This book was given to me by a friend in paperback and with the type of work and life I choose to live I read most of my books bouncing back and forth between audible and hard copy. I'm not a Rachel Hollis follower but I have a few friends who are. I do enjoy reading the occasional book from the "self help and parenting" category and I'm a huge fan of Brene Brown, Dr. Daniel Siegel and Tina Payne Bryson, Barbara Coloroso. I recognize that Rachel lays it out right at the beginning that she is a self made success story and she did it without a university degree. Cool. I can get behind anyone with a good idea regardless of their background of education. But her self proclamations and what I felt like were largely superficial goals of success just didn't align or jive me with at all. I didn't read her book "Girl, Wash your Face," which she references in this book, but I got the sense that "Girl, Stop Apologizing" was a revenge book. A book in which she gets to explain to perhaps all of her critics of her Insta-Fame, of "Girl, Wash your Face" or other critics in her life, just how she is not apologizing for her fame. The title does say it all, but it didn't feel helpful to me. It felt like a book just for her. It felt like her justification or revenge book. And perhaps if she drew from other women's experiences with no apologizing it would have felt more authentic, more useful, more helpful to me. More research for her readers whom she cares about would have had the impact on me that I was looking for. I couldn't quite get past her tone in Audible. She almost sounded snotty. I eventually stopped listening about 6.5 hours into it...I just couldn't finish. I'll stick with Brene Brown, backed by research, years of experience and the genuine desire to help.

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Must Read!!

Not only is this book a true motivator, but Rachel has such a presence as a narrator that just makes you feel that she is speaking in the room with you. Loved the messages in this book and the great read.

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Buy the book!

Loved it! I couldn't put it down!!! Chapter 24 was my ABSOLUTE favourite! Great job Rachel!

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Not what I expected

Maybe you had to read Girl, Wash Your Face to get excited about this book but I couldn’t finish it.! I listened for about an hour and couldn’t turned it off. I couldn’t connect at all with her message because it seemed really obvious to me and she repeated herself constantly. Also, it’s a book that tells you what to do instead of showing you through stories and examples, so I was bored. Also needed to speed up the narration as it was way too slow and enunciated, like she was reading to a toddler.

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Inspiring

It’s like hearing a motivational speech from myself. You know what you should do, but sometimes you just need someone to validate you. You need someone to give you that extra push. Her stories were great, her sincerity is real, she is who she is, and she wants you to be true to you. Don’t apologize for wanting more from yourself and your life.

Great stuff Rachel. You can bet I’ll be listening to this again.

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LOVE IT!!

Love!! Rachel reads her own books and in doing so adds character!! The bonus content at the end makes it even more worthwhile!!

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Loved it!

This book is what I needed for where I am in my life. Her writing puts into words what I’m not able to at times so I found it very relatable. Listening to the audio version makes me feel like I have my own coach kicking my butt at home! Perhaps she isn’t the coach everyone is looking for, but her style and content speaks to me! Thank you for GWYF & GSA. Thank you for helping me help myself out of a postpartum rut and a rough season!

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Amazing, I will forever be your fan!

I enjoyed this book so much! I will have to buy the actual book so i can highlight and write in. I look forward to listening to this again.

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Rachel Hollis is my Spirit Animal

“Girl, Stop Apologizing” was my first Rachel Hollis book and it resonated with me in ways no other books or podcasts have ever done.

Each turn in the book came at exactly the right time in my life. The day after I confessed to my husband I had been looking up cosmetic surgeons for a boob job after giving birth to our second child, came the chapter which Rachel details the story of her own cosmetic surgery - or at least the hilarious events leading up to the moment of being put under.

Right down to loving your children, but knowing you’re not cut out to be a SAHM.

I usually don’t tend to write public reviews, I would rather personally recommend good books to my friends and acquaintances, but this book is deserving of all the highest praises I can sing.

Ms. Hollis has provided me with a new sense of drive and ambition towards my dreams and goals. I am driven with pure excitement to pursue my wildest dreams after listening to Rachel read this audiobook.

Thank you so much, Rachel!

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  • Johanna
  • 2019-03-08

girl, listen.

Boiled down, this book is about embracing and expressing who you are without apology. That message I can get behind. The general layout is first addressing the excuses to let go of that keep you stuck, adopting great habits that set you up for success, and then acquiring the skills necessary to make growth possible.


I’m breaking my review into three parts because I have complicated feelings towards Rachel Hollis. She is a motivator and an inspirational speaker – that you cannot argue with. She knows how to pump you up and how to kick you in the butt to get you going. So there are some things I got out of this book. As with anyone and anything, there are some personality quirks and little things that just aren’t my favorite or not my style. Beyond those annoyances and style differences though, there are some truly problematic things that RH says in this book. She has a large cult following who overlook these things, but they are not okay.


As a disclaimer: I have read her previous book, followed her online for years, viewed her documentary, seen countless live videos and Instagram posts, read tons of email newsletters, and been a general fan of RH for a long time (up until the last few months). So this is not a negative nancy review coming from a cranky curmudgeonly troll. This is someone who sees the immense power in her influence and wishes she’d listen and do better.


Positive things I got out of this book and/or things I am glad she said: 

- Rachel discusses how as children we pick up on the behaviors that are going to get us attention, which we generally equate to love. If we aren’t extremely self-aware, these behaviors will remain well into adulthood as ways to earn love and affection, and these habits and believes about who we’re supposed to be can be damaging to our adult growth. 

- Letting other people’s support of you/appreciation of you determine how you embrace yourself or live your life is just stupid. “Are you a shadow of who you’re meant to be because someone in your life doesn’t fully appreciate you?” 

- She actually addressed feminism and how we culture little boys and girls as children to become the grown men who can actually function in society and grown women who are crippled by the idea that their worth is found in how good they are for other people.

- Basic boundary and schedule stuff. It’s old news for me but a lot of women still have no idea they can actually say no to people, leave toxic relationships, or change their schedule so they’re not exhausted 24/7. So I’m sure this was beneficial for many readers.

- Set aside 5 hrs/week to reach your goal, and treat that time as sacred.

- Aim for feeling centered/grounded, not balanced.

- “Mommy guilt is bullshit.” *claps all around*

- I honestly loved her bit about guilt & shame, specifically in reference to the religious community she grew up in and how it translated into her sex life as an adult.

- “Are you humble enough to suck for as long as it takes you to become better?”

- You’re allowed to do things that inconvenience other people. And in reference to that, “If you’re willing to do it for them, you better be willing to demand they do it for you.”

- I also love her tough love that if you can’t find an hour in your day to yourself, you’re not really living. My first gut reaction is to get defensive of the moms she’s speaking to, but I really do believe this for most people most of the time, and I think this is one of those things that you need someone to tough love you on.



Little things I was not personally a fan of: 

- A LOT of pop culture references. The book starts off with a story about a Demi Lovato song, and there are references to Beyonce, Oprah, the Kardashians, Lady Gaga, Kendrick Lamar, and more throughout. 

- She is a wealthy woman, and it makes her extremely unrelatable. At one point she said, “You know how when you meet with a nutritionist for the first time and they have you write down everything you eat in a week?” I actually laughed out loud at the idea of her thinking hiring a nutritionist is relatable content. She also recommends you take a weekly date night with your spouse and talks about how they keep their marriage healthy by going on “extravagant vacations every year without kids.” 

- Felt a little like a not-so-humblebrag. Lots of talk about her goals being bestseller list, flying first class, her follower count, her makeup, her hair, plastic surgery and her resulting great boobs… Just a lot of status symbols as goals. 


Problematic things that are objectively not okay in this book:

- Rachel doesn’t seem to realize that 90% of the things she says are extremely albeist and harmful to people with chronic illness, mental illness, and/or disabilities. Examples: “Still using a diaper at 32? That would NOT be cute.” She says that if there’s anything wrong with you or you’re suffering in any way, in pain at all or unhappy, that you’re not focusing enough on your own self-care, that you just don’t GET “self-care.” I’d like to see her say that straight to the face of someone with chronic illness or chronic pain. She also mentions several times that if you’re not in tip-top shape physically and emotionally, you will have a lot harder time reaching your goals and being successful. 


- Rachel is obsessed with weight, appearance, exercise, and body size. Unhealthily obsessed, and it’s not okay. She traipses into fat-shaming several times in this book, which I wasn’t surprised by, but the sheer quantity of mentions of “getting in shape” and “sticking to your diet” and “losing that weight” was actually baffling, I wish I had counted them. Examples: She quotes herself as “severely overweight,” yet has said in multiple places that she was a 12 (maybe a 14?) at her heaviest – to call a 12-14 (smaller than the average American woman) “severely overweight” is objectively unhelpful, stupid, harmful, and fatphobic. She summarizes being overweight as being not the best version of yourself and not the best mom you could be. “It’s so simple to lose weight. It’s so simple to get in shape. It’s simple, but it’s not easy.” - further reinforcing that if you’re overweight it’s because you’re lazy, shortsighted (because you can’t hold out for the joy of a future hot bod when that Chick-fil-A sauce is calling your name), and you don’t have the willpower to look attractive. And my favorite – “There are no overweight animals in nature.” Literally RIGHT after she says that it doesn’t matter what size you are or what your weight is, she says, “There are no overweight animals in nature.” and “The only animals that are overweight are the ones that live in our homes. Pets are overweight. You are not a pet. You are a powerful, beautiful, bold woman, and you will treat yourself as such.” I truly have NO words. And a second favorite – she’s discussing her breast size after babies and says she went from a perfect B to an E cup: “E. That’s a cup size. E as in ELEPHANT, as in ENORMOUS, as in YOWZA.” No joke. Still I have no words for this woman’s opinion of larger bodies.


- Along with weight, she doesn’t seem to know exactly what she wants to tell you about it. Several times she’ll tell you not to live in the “I’m too fat” feelings, and encourages you to change your mindset by writing yourself a letter about all the times your body was incredible, but then she tells you a story about how much she hated her post-baby boobs so instead of learning body positivity, she spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery. There’s nothing inherently wrong with plastic surgery, but be straight up about whether or not your solution to hating your body is a healthy perspective/mindset shift OR if it’s just doing whatever it takes to make your body look like the idea you have in your head. (Which is obviously destructive, and she doesn’t give quantifiers for people with eating disorders and/or unhealthy relationships to food. All she cares about is – “if you don’t feel good about the way you look, what are you waiting for????”) 


- She walks this weird line between acknowledging her privilege and thinking she is where she’s at because of her own merit alone. There was a whole rant in the book about how disappointed she was in some celebrity for not acknowledging they had help with raising kids and running a business, and she talks a lot about all of the professional help they have around the house and with the kids, but still in other places it felt like she just doesn’t get it. She talks about how when she wanted to start her wedding planning business, she just went and got an unpaid internship and dealt with abuse from clients for a long time so she could learn the skills and network. I don’t know about any of y’all, but I couldn’t afford the sacrifice of time (choosing to work for free means sacrificing time you could work for money, so it does in fact cost money to do an unpaid internship), and I don’t even have children. She could afford to do that because her husband had a crazy job at Disney and could afford for her to not make any money, AND they had a freaking nanny full-time. But instead she just says that she worked hard and traded her current comfort for the future end result she wanted. She continues to talk about how she built her business with only hard work, hustle, and a Google search, but also takes the time to point out all the people who helped her in the early stages of her business, even going so far as to say that no one is truly self-made. It’s very confusing.


- Rachel Hollis has a major problem with stealing people’s intellectual property. It’s been in the news for a long time, and I was honestly skeptical that she was maliciously stealing mommy blogger’s quotes and info, but after reading this book, I’m much more of a believer. I counted at least 15 quotes in this book that she pretended were her own idea. No attribution, no citing, no reference to the person who originally said the phrase. She just rolled it into her own content, pretending she came up with it. A list for you: “Hope is not a strategy.” “I love Jesus but I cuss a little.” The quote about how if you’re not in the arena taking punches you can’t criticize me (Teddy Roosevelt quote originally and Brené Brown has been applying it to her work for years). “You can’t take care of anyone if you don’t take care of yourself first.” The quote about aiming at what you can hit vs. aiming higher and flying (has been rendered many times but isn’t original to her). “Be interested more than you strive to be interesting.” “If everything is important, then nothing is.” “If it’s not true for everyone, it shouldn’t be true for anyone.” “You are a combination of the 5 people you hang out with most.” The quote about how the only way you fail is if you don’t try at all and don’t accomplish anything as a result. “If you want to change someone else, change yourself” (seems to be a pretty close rendition of Gandhi’s quote about changing the world). “Other people’s opinions of you are none of your business.” “Don’t compare your beginning with someone else’s middle.” “If you want something you’ve never had, you have to do something you’ve never done” (Thomas Jefferson). “You cannot control the circumstances of your life; you can only control your reaction to them.” SHE DID NOT WRITE THESE QUOTES OR COME UP WITH THESE IDEAS.


- Rachel has a serious problem with the working class, and it’s not okay to toss your mom under the bus for making you boxed cake every year for your birthday. C’mon. That’s tacky.


- She states in her section about her mom leaving her dad that it was essentially ridiculous for her mom to move out because “you cannot assert your independence if you don’t have the financial means to back it up.” I don’t have the time or energy to go into how destructive this is as an idea for women in abusive relationships, but it’s severely disappointing that she’d say something like this without thinking it through and that none of her very well paid editors caught this massive mistake. There are other ways she could have communicated the same general idea if she really wanted to talk about how traumatic it was for her to not be wealthy as a child (I grew up fairly poor, so I understand the underlying feelings, but I would share them in way less immature ways), she could have done that. Instead, she tossed out a careless statement that can and will be used to make women in abusive relationships feel like they cannot leave if they don’t have financial independence to do so, and that’s definitely not something we need more of in the world.


- She states that you can go cold turkey on addiction if your why is strong enough (as she did with smoking), and that’s not great. She doesn’t understand addiction or mental illness and continues to pretend she is the equivalent of a mental health professional and continues to spew the garbage that if you only have a strong enough willpower you can get rid of any mental illness or addiction you may have. 



The Audible version does include two bonus features: a session from the Rise conference (I didn’t listen to it – the book was already too much and I’ve seen the documentary already) and a meditation on gratitude (which I did listen to. I appreciated her trying to teach meditation, but she could have first done a little research into how to guide meditation well – she didn’t leave enough quiet space for anyone to actually meditate with her. She talked nonstop for the 5 minute duration). 



Overall, I would not encourage you to read this book. There were some positive things, but I think the negative and destructive ideas she continues to push at her readers are too bad for me to recommend this book in good conscience

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  • elizabeth
  • 2019-03-13

Girl, you need to apologize!

I really wanted to love this book! Loved Girl, wash your face. I pre- ordered the book and was ready to get fired up. RH was able to connect with her audience with her first book and this one doesn't even come close. The zero sense of reality other than her upper middle class is bs. One example, when you go to see a nutritionist for the first time, as if this is something we can all relate to. The obsession with weight. Is fat shaming okay? Saying she took an internship and didn't get paid, but not mentioning she had her husbands paycheck to rely on. "You can't assert your independence if you don't have the financial means to back it up." Say that to the woman listening who is in an abusive relationship. It's reckless! The pop culture references. She starts the book off obsessing over Demi Lovato. Did she forget this lady just had a major set back with her own addictions? Oh yes, but we should be able to just give up addictions. The moment she knew she didn't want to be poor at her birthday party where her mom made her a box cake and she had no decorations. Been there RH and that didn't make me think I didn't want to be poor it made me appreciate my parents and that they did all they could for me. Being wealthy doesn't make you rich! The whole chapter on asking her husband before she did anything."Grown up women don't ask permission!" I ask him out of respect, not because I have to. Huge difference! She gets so heated about the word Boss Babe and how disrespectful it is. But The entire book is allll about RH! It's extremely narcissistic and toxic to woman. One minute she's humble the next it's a brag session. There was some good in this book but the bad out weighs the good. I can't and won't recommend this to anyone I know.

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  • Brad
  • 2019-03-18

Save money and read the first book

It was so similar to the first book. I’d save your money and just read Girl Wash Your Face

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  • Janis Wick
  • 2019-03-20

Ugh, just another self-help guru making millions

I bought this audio book with no knowledge of who Rachel Hollis was but simply because the title made me laugh out loud and, perhaps more importantly, I wanted to know how to stop repeatedly apologizing, even when I had done nothing wrong. The book, however, does not address this issue. Rather, it launches into 8 hours of rah rah, you have potential, never mind that you are a mother, you can do anything, you, too, can make millions, and NEVER feel guilty. Perhaps most telling, she says "Reach for it. You can do as little as write poetry or as huge as starting a multi-million dollar company." Something very near that, anyway. That statement that the desire to write poetry is "little," I would suggest, some people might find rather astounding. The one simple fact that all motivational, prosperity preachers fail to mention (while they take their millions to the bank and not from any legitimate business to be sure) is that the U.S. economy is one of capitalism (just stating the obvious truth; don't go after me) which means that it is necessary to have millions of worker bees at relatively low salaries in order to enrich a few. Indeed, the average salary for a white female in the U.S. in 2017 according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics was $41,000 (https://www.thebalancecareers.com/average-salary-information-for-us-workers-) while CNBC reported that most Americans believed that a million dollar a year salary was necessary to be "financially comfortable," at the same time that fewer than 10% of the American population actually made such a salary or higher (https://www.cnbc.com/2017/06/23/how-many-americans-are-millionaires.html). This book is a worthless piece of you know what.

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  • Laura
  • 2019-03-12

Rambling humble brag

I’ve been looking forward to this book after being a faithful listener to Dave and Rachel’s podcast. There is some really good, useful insights in this book, but they are buried under a load of irrelevant ramblings. We get it. She’s successful. She’s busted her ass to get here. But there is only so many “I’ve built a successful company” “I work harder than anyone” “I am building an empire” that can be in the book before it feels like the message is being shoved down your throat.

I wouldn’t recommend but I wouldn’t tell someone not to read it. There are good messages throughout if you have the willingness to wade through everything else.

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  • reader1124
  • 2019-03-18

Repeat 101 level self development

Rachel says “I won’t repeat my first book” and yet she does. Royal disappointment. Is this the end of the road or will every keep buying it? I returned this book.

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  • D.A.S.
  • 2019-03-18

Repeat of Girl Wash your Face

Repeat of Girl Wash your Face. nothing original but an echo of all other self help books..

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  • Samantha Albrecht
  • 2019-03-11

Wanted to love it but can't

I liked Rachel's first book, though I realize now it was the first "self help" motivation book I had read. After listening to Brene Brown and many others, this one is just too basic. Her advice is common sense and her personal story can come across as bragging or non-relatable. I couldn't get half way through it. It seemed repititive of her first book too.

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  • Makena Baco
  • 2019-03-15

Nothing original, listen to her podcast for FREE

Rachel Hollis is a podcaster I listen to frequently and she says some very motivational things and I think she really does care about her tribe and has a great vision and mission. However, I bought this book because she promised at the beginning that this would be a “tactical” guide for setting and achieving goals. If you know nothing about her or have never heard her speak, the advice she gives here may be very tactical to you.
For me, it was a bunch of the same things she has already presented in her podcast, at live events or in her start today journal. She mostly gives a little advice and shares a lot of personal stories, so it was a bit more autobiographical than I expected.
I learned one piece of tactical advice from this book and I enjoyed her chapter on “feminism” - I agree that women should call themselves BOSSES not #girlboss, thank you for speaking up, Rach!

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  • Krytal
  • 2019-03-13

Slightly disappointed...

I really wanted to love this book. I had very high expectations, especially considering how much I loved the precious.
Unfortunately, this book fell flat for me.
There were enjoyable moments, but I felt as though it was very repetitive and classic “life coach” lines.
I praise the author for all that she’s accomplished; however, my impression was further solidified by listening to the “bonus” at the end of a short audio clip of one of her conferences.
At this very moment, I realized it’s all about sales.
Yes, she wants to empower and help other women to succeed, but not without personal gain.
I could hear one of her surrounding members say, “insert this clip in the back, it’s sure to boost ticket sales!”
Then, I looked up just how much those tickets cost- $50.00-1,800.00! Whoa! You want to help women to... go into debt? Follow their dreams less $1800.00 while you’re flying first class to speak? It’s as though they’re paying nearly $2,000.00 for a friend. Eek.
Cursing aside, this makes me appreciate someone like Andy Frisella that much more. This man has somewhat outed this community of “self-help entrepreneurial gurus”.
This is just my opinion... and like ____________, everybody has one.

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