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Steven Bartlett

Unexpected Truths about Fulfillment, Love, and Success

4.4 (307 ratings)
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Happy Sexy Millionaire by Steven Bartlett is a book that challenges societal norms and encourages readers to pursue happiness on their own terms, by embracing their unique talents and passions.

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    Had Bartlett’s family stayed in their small village in Botswana, Bartlett would have grown up with a very different notion of “enough” and what truly matters. After all, the average life expectancy there was just 49 in the early 2000s. 

    But, instead of a life perched at the top of the social ladder in Botswana, Bartlett experienced a life at the very bottom in the UK. As comedian Dave Chapelle once said of himself – and this hit home with Bartlett the instant he heard it – “My parents did just well enough so that I could grow up poor around rich white people.” Like Chappelle, Bartlett inevitably contrasted his family’s stressed existence with that of the better-off people around him..

    Our brains are wired to compare. As we can’t possibly assimilate all the information we’re bombarded by at every moment, our brains use relativity – comparing and contrasting – to make quick decisions as we go about our day. 

    On the one hand, we’re incredibly fortunate we have the ability to do this. The alternative would be so laborious and draining that we’d be exhausted by lunchtime. 

    On the other hand, it’s a behavioral pattern causing us serious harm in today’s hyper-connected age. No longer are we judging ourselves against those only in physical proximity; Instagram and the internet mean we’re just as likely racing to keep up with the Kardashians as the Joneses.

    The solution? Strive to compare yourself only to the person you were yesterday. Instead of measuring your growth and progress from the distance between you and some social media influencer, measure yourself from where you started. Few of us take the time to recognize how far we’ve already come, and it’s a practice we’d be better for. 

    If necessary (and it often is), mute or unfollow these people online, and do the figurative equivalent in real life. 

    If you’d like to keep inspiring figures and role models in your life – virtual or otherwise – go for it – but seek out only a handful, and make sure they’re real individuals who promote healthy ideals rather than their latest sponsorship. 

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    What is Happy Sexy Millionaire about?

    Happy Sexy Millionaire (2021) is part unfiltered memoir, part practical guide, and part desperate plea to today’s connected generation. Challenging pervasive narratives around what we “should” be chasing, it posits that fulfillment, genuine relationships, and intrinsic success are the true markers of a life well lived, and offers a range of strategies to get you on your way. 

    Who should read Happy Sexy Millionaire?

    • Those feeling they may be chasing the wrong things 
    • Entrepreneurs carving out their own definition of “success” 
    • Individuals interested in self-discovery and personal development

    About the Author

    Steven Bartlett is a British entrepreneur best known for co-founding the digital marketing agency Social Chain, whose clients included the likes of Coca-Cola, TikTok, and Warner Bros. After stepping down as CEO, Bartlett featured as an investor on the BBC TV series Dragons’ Den, and launched the chart-topping podcast The Diary of a CEO

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