From the New York Times bestselling author of I’m Judging You, a hilarious and transformational book about how to tackle fear–that everlasting hater–and audaciously step into lives, careers, and legacies that go beyond even our wildest dreams
Luvvie Ajayi Jones is known for her trademark wit, warmth, and perpetual truth-telling. But even she’s been challenged by the enemy of progress known as fear. She was once afraid to call herself a writer, and nearly skipped out on doing a TED talk that changed her life because of imposter syndrome. As she shares in Professional Troublemaker, she’s not alone.
We’re all afraid. We’re afraid of asking for what we want because we’re afraid of hearing “no.” We’re afraid of being different, of being too much or not enough. We’re afraid of leaving behind the known for the unknown. But in order to do the things that will truly, meaningfully change our lives, we have to become professional troublemakers: people who are committed to not letting fear talk them out of the things they need to do or say to live free.
With humor and honesty, and guided by the influence of her professional troublemaking Nigerian grandmother, Funmilayo Faloyin, Luvvie walks us through what we must get right within ourselves before we can do the things that scare us; how to use our voice for a greater good; and how to put movement to the voice we’ve been silencing–because truth-telling is a muscle.
The point is not to be fearless, but to know we are afraid and charge forward regardless. It is to recognize that the things we must do are more significant than our fears. This book is about how to live boldly in spite of all the reasons we have to cower. Let’s go!
“Luvvie Ajayi Jones reveals the ways imposter syndrome has threatened her writing career and argues truth tellers could do with some practice in this follow-up to 2016’s I’m Judging You. Use it to prepare for your next big win.” — Essence
“As an oft-scared chickenhead, who cares too much about what others think, it’s so comforting to be guided through my own crippling fear and self-doubt by one of the bravest, most incisively honest, hysterical voices I know. This book was so real, relatable and so much of it had me belly laughing. This is the essential manual for anybody who is ready to take that leap of faith to bet on the best, uninhibited, whole version of themselves.” — Issa Rae, actor, producer, New York Times bestselling author
“This book is a manual on HOW TO HUMAN. You could spend a lifetime and fortune finding the perfect therapist, mentor, minister, career coach, and girlfriend—or you could just spend a day reading Professional Troublemaker. This book—Luvvie Ajayi Jones’s most helpful, bold, vulnerable, hilarious, and relevant work yet—is equal parts catharsis and wake-up call, both comforting and galvanizing. I laughed and cried so hard that my family asked me to read in the other room. With her razor-sharp mind, soul on fire, and heart of gold—Luvvie is the writer and artist the world needs right now. This will be my go-to gift for all the beloved troublemakers in my life.” — Glennon Doyle, author of #1 New York Times bestseller Untamed and founder of Together Rising
“Whether you are traversing new territory, bounding back from perceived failure, or learning for the first time how to own the full power of your own voice, Luvvie’s Fear Fighting Manual is the pep talk we all need. Delivered in her singular voice and signature shade, this must-read is chock-full of gems that will guide you out of your own way so you can get more out of your life—a life that is more interesting than one lived in fear.” — Elaine Welteroth, journalist and New York Times bestselling author of More Than Enough
“Some of the greatest pleasures in life come from breaking rules, questioning boundaries and troublemaking. But to make trouble well—and to bring all the pieces of yourself to life, love and conflict—is an art. Luvvie Ajayi knows this and shows this as she guides readers to finding their own path to troublemaking with humor, charm and a whole lot of heart.” — Esther Perel, psychotherapist, podcast host, and New York Times bestselling author
“THIS BOOK. I’m mad Luvvie wrote an even better book than her debut. LIVID in the best way. Professional Troublemaker is full of stories that made me laugh until my stomach hurt, advice that made me rearrange my priorities, and so many examples of the highs and lows of living a semi-public public creative life. Read this book to be simultaneously entertained and educated. Luvvie Ajayi Jones has a singular writing voice that comes across warm, kind, and just judge-y enough.” — Ashley C. Ford, author of Somebody’s Daughter
- Professional Troublemaker: The Fear-Fighter Manual by Luvvie Ajayi Jones
- Publisher: Penguin Life (March 2, 2021)
- Language: English
- Hardcover: 304 pages
- ISBN-10: 1984881906
- ISBN-13: 9781984881908
- Item Weight: 15.4 ounces
- UNSPSC: 55101500
- Dimensions: 5.5 x 0.75 x 8.25 inches