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Unfu*k Yourself Self-Help Book Review

Unfu*k Yourself: Get Out of Your Head and into Your Life is a book written by Gary John Bishop, a leading personal development expert. The book was published in 2017 by HarperCollins Publishers.

Unfu*k Yourself

Unfu*k Yourself

  • Author: Gary John Bishop
  • ISBN-10: 0062803832
  • Release date: August 1, 2017


Unfu*k Yourself is a self-empowerment guide that offers an honest, no-nonsense, tough-love approach to help you move past self-imposed limitations. Bishop leads you through a series of seven assertions for mental stability. Those who are interested in personal growth should pick up a copy.


  • Helps to motivate
  • Inspirational anecdotes
  • Focus and power of visualisation


  • Some ideas feel repetitive
  • Doesn’t give an actionable plan rather vague advice to follow
Ease of use

The details

Have you ever felt like a hamster on a wheel, furiously churning your way through life but somehow going nowhere? It seems like there’s a barrage of information surrounding us in our everyday lives with the keys to this thing or that thing, be it wealth, success, happiness, or purpose. The truth is, most of it fails to capture what it truly takes to overcome our greatest barrier to a greater life-ourselves. What if everything you ever wanted to reside in you like a well of potential, waiting to be expressed? It isn’t other people that are standing in your way; it isn’t even your circumstances that are blocking your ability to thrive. It’s yourself and the negative self-talk you keep telling yourself. Unfu*k Yourself is the handbook for the resigned and defeated, a manifesto for real-life change and unleashing your greatness.


Bishop is blunt and assertive. Offering up a series of life-changing insights with a no holds barred style, this book reads as both a handbook resource and a call to action for all of us to focus on what makes us truly happy and successful. Influenced by stoic philosophers, inspirational artists, entrepreneurs, and great statesmen, the author places a great deal of focus on the power of language and the power of taking consistent action to follow up on our desires. Overall the book is engaging and offers ways on how to take charge of own life, to be successful, to reach goals, and make new ones along the way.

Ease of use

Key themes behind the book are: Engage in positive self-talk. Don’t think about why you can’t do something, think about how you can make it work. Life doesn’t care if you’re sick, tired, broke, or that your toe hurts. Do what needs to be done despite the hurdles. Stop blaming others and take responsibility for your life. No one is here to pamper you. These thoughts help one to bring them to face reality. It is difficult to face anyone’s fears, but knowing that running from them isn’t an option, one can find the strength to barge into those fears. Overall the book is simple enough to follow and easy to comprehend.


The type of language we use when thinking 50,000 thoughts each day has a dramatic impact on our neurochemistry and thus overall wellbeing. We can strengthen our mind set and invite ourselves to adopt an active and assertive style with a series of important Mantras to repeat daily. The book can be helpful for a young entrepreneur or a 40 something sales manager who wants to achieve his targets or those who lack faith and confidence in their selves.


There is a tendency for people to blame external circumstances and to accept self-doubt and inaction. But Bishop encourages readers to stop making excuses and start doing. Being willing allows you to open up to the possibility of making your dreams a reality. In contrast, if you are unwilling, then you should not blame yourself. Bishop guides how you can start changing your problems into something that you can deal with. Firstly, you must create a game plan for how you are going to transform the situation. This game plan involves determining precisely what you want to change, how you will make changes, and the result. Bishop argues that it is always your choice whether you decide to play or change the game. We can also become more confident by taking action. Worrying about our thoughts will only breed doubt. Instead, adopting an approach of acting on all positive thoughts will remove any self-doubt. Bishop wants to help us accept reality as it is. To slap us in the face with his edgy language so we can wake up to our true potential and make a difference in our lives. It’s a book about doing. Understanding that the only thing standing between you and your dreams is your willingness to act. Lastly, envy and lust are some of the most common emotions when pursuing success. It is easy to observe others who are successful and feel that you deserve their success more than they do. Unfu*k Yourself focuses more on one’s approach and the journey than specific actions and goals. This prevents emotions and thoughts from hindering our chances of success.

Final verdict

Anyone should take ownership of their own life, let go of expectations, embrace uncertainty, stop blaming your past, and take action to change your life. This book will help you understand the complexity and power of self-talk, and how to use it as a force for good in your life. This is a book for those who want to stop blaming others and external circumstances for their failures and start taking action to prevent those failures again to achieve the desired success.

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