Book Review: Playing Big by Tara Mohr

Book review of Playing Big by Tara MohrIf I had to designate “required reading” for female entrepreneurs, Playing Big by Tara Mohr would be on the list.

Women entrepreneurs are the changemakers the world needs right now.

However, we have been conditioned to not make noise, to be polite, and to question our knowledge.

It’s our job, as female changemakers, to recognize these patterns and work through them. And it can be done if you follow the advice outlined in Playing Big.

Playing Big is the playbook on how to speak up and lead. And Mohr expertly navigates her readers through these waters by focusing on topics, such as:

  • Your Inner Critic
  • Your Inner Mentor
  • Fear
  • Criticism and Praise
  • Good-Student Habits
  • Hiding
  • Leaping

Mohr provides exercises (from guided meditations to journal prompts) to help you combat what’s holding you back. These exercises are thought-provoking – but not in a scary way.

If you are want to bust through your mindset blocks as a female entrepreneur, run (don’t walk!) out and get a copy of Playing Big today. This book will transform your life – and business.

My big takeaways:

#1: I am attached to praise and criticism.

One of the big mindset blocks I am working through is a fear of criticism or making someone unhappy. I am a people pleaser (reforming!), and the desire to not upset someone affects how I market my business. Specifically, I am afraid of personal attacks. I pride myself in being a “nice person,” and as an empath, a personal attack rattles me to my core.

Nevertheless, I have to bust through this mindset block because I am here to play a bigger game. I am here to change lives. And that means I will rock the boat.

I am working on understanding this: As a changemaker, I will be criticized on my journey. It’s not a matter of if – it’s a matter of when. I am glad to have Playing Big at my disposal to help me navigate this situation when it happens.

#2: I am a professional hider.

In Playing Big, Mohr lists six ways that women hide:

  1. This before that
  2. Designing at the whiteboard
  3. Overcomplicating and endless polishing
  4. Collecting and curating someone else’s ideas
  5. Omitting your own story
  6. I need the degree…

As you read this list, did you first think “wait, that’s not hiding?!” These hiding tactics are so ingrained in our lives; we don’t even recognize them for what they are.

Know this: These are all diversions. And we have to cut this shit out. You with me?

How Playing Big relates to entrepreneurs

I know I’ve already said this, but it bears repeating:

Playing Big is a must-read for female entrepreneurs. It calls out our shit (in a loving, gentle way), shows us how to bust through our mindset blocks, and leaves you feeling empowered.

Honestly, it’s the book I wish I had written. Nonetheless, I am glad Tara Mohr wrote it so I can use it to play a bigger game with my business.

And if you’re ready to take up more space, to make more meaningful noise, and to play a bigger game, then get your copy of Playing Big today. You will not regret it. (  )

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