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Bella Zanesco

The No-Nonsense Guide to Creating the Life You Want

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Smart Girls Screw Up Too by Bella Zanesco is a personal development book that exposes the five core self-sabotaging behaviors holding women back. It empowers readers to overcome challenges, ignite their full potential, and achieve success on their own terms.

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    Changing your life for the better starts with understanding your problems, needs, and where things went off track.

    If you’re reading this, you may be familiar with the downside. It’s the kind of life in which everything seems drab, gloomy and uninspired. The author was well-acquainted with the downside – so much so that she became fed up and committed to finding a way to the upside. This is the place where you feel happy, inspired and eager to be productive.

    One of the first steps on the path to the upside is to write down three things: the current problems in your life, how you feel on a typical day, and how you would like to feel in the future. Maybe your problem is that you’re depressed and have lost all enthusiasm for the things you once found meaningful. So these days, you might feel sad and disconnected, but would like to feel purposeful, creative and energetic. 

    By writing these things down, you can begin to identify clearly what needs to change in your life and what that change will lead to. This simple exercise provides a clear goal for your self-improvement.

    While you’re recognizing your problems, see whether you can trace them back to a point in the past when things began to go off-track. Often there’s a point in our lives at which our intentions get derailed, and we later find ourselves wondering how we ended up in this mess. Looking back to this point can often help us recognize the passions and hopes we once had, regain those dreams and get back on track.

    Maybe you took a job one summer ten years ago, thinking it would be a temporary position, only to find yourself still stuck there – in a career for which you have no passion. So think back to the days before you got sidetracked and remind yourself of what got you excited back then.

    Now, there are some people who get stuck in the early stages of self-improvement because they feel like devoting time to such concerns is self-indulgent. But the truth is that we all have needs, and if you’d rather not be miserable, then you have to tend to those needs. This means taking care of yourself and doing things that are good for your body and mind. So let’s look at some more ways to do just that and get ourselves on the upside. 

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    What is Smart Girls Screw Up Too about?

    Smart Girls Screw Up Too (2019) is a helpful and empowering guide to turning your life around. It provides an abundance of advice, tools and exercises that will take your life from the downside, a place of low self-esteem and bad jobs and relationships, to the upside, where you’ll be firing on all cylinders and making the most out of what you have.

    Smart Girls Screw Up Too Review

    Smart Girls Screw Up Too (2019) is a captivating book that delves into the personal journey of Bella Zanesco as she discovers the power of self-reflection and resilience. Here's why this book is worth reading:

    • With its real-life stories and relatable experiences, it brings to light the challenges and struggles many women face in their pursuit of success.
    • Full of practical advice, it offers actionable strategies to help readers overcome setbacks, find their purpose, and create a balanced and fulfilling life.
    • Through Bella's vulnerability and honesty, the book provides an authentic insight into the journey of personal transformation, making it a truly engaging and inspiring read.

    Best quote from Smart Girls Screw Up Too

    As neuroscientist... Antonio Damasio reminds us, humans are not thinking machines that feel, but rather feeling machines that think.

    —Bella Zanesco
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    Who should read Smart Girls Screw Up Too?

    • People eager to get their lives back on track
    • Women looking for self-help guidance
    • Depressed people looking for uplift

    About the Author

    Bella Zanesco is a renowned life and wellness strategist who has used her self-help techniques to overcome her own experiences of depression, heartbreak, burnout and career dissatisfaction. She’s since gone on to become a world sailing champion, The Australian newspaper’s Travel Photographer of the Year and the self-described Smart Girl Comeback Queen.


    © Bella Zanesco: Smart Girls Screw Up Too copyright 2017, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons Inc. and shall not be made available to any unauthorized third parties.

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    What is the main message of Smart Girls Screw Up Too?

    The main message of Smart Girls Screw Up Too is that even smart, successful women make mistakes and it's okay. Embrace your imperfections and learn from them.

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    Is Smart Girls Screw Up Too a good book? Is it worth reading?

    Smart Girls Screw Up Too is a valuable read for anyone who wants to learn from their mistakes and grow. It provides practical advice and relatable stories to inspire personal development.

    Who is the author of Smart Girls Screw Up Too?

    The author of Smart Girls Screw Up Too is Bella Zanesco.

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