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About Professional Troublemaker
From the New York Times bestselling author of I’m Judging You, a powerful book that talks about how to tackle fear–that everlasting hater–and live boldly and audaciously in spite of all the reasons we have to cower.
Luvvie Ajayi Jones is known for her trademark wit, warm voice, and integrity. But even she’s been challenged by the enemy of progress known as fear. She was once afraid to call herself a writer because she was afraid of the title. She nearly skipped out on doing a TED talk that changed her life because of imposter syndrome. Also, she’s deathly afraid of bugs. And, as she shares in Professional Troublemaker, she’s not alone.
We’re all 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.
With humor and honesty, and guided by the influence of her inspiring and professional troublemaking 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 the 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. It is to know we are afraid and to charge forward regardless, to recognize the things we must do are more significant than the things we are afraid to do. This book shows you how she’s done it, and how you can, too.
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Praise for Luvvie Ajayi Jones’ Previous Work
“A brilliant, laugh-out-loud manual for the generation that can configure a wireless router but still hasn’t realized social media is not the place for child support issues…Tough and tender.”
— Angela Nissel (author of The Broke Diaries and Mixed)
“You will love Luvvie Ajayi’s I’m Judging You…Perfect for starting important and meaty discussions about all the topics your mama told you never to bring up at polite dinner parties…Read the book. Have the discussions. You’ll be better for it.”
— Jenny Lawson (NYT bestselling author of Furiously Happy)
“This truth-riot of a book gives us everything from hilarious lectures on the bad behavior all around us to razor sharp essays on media and culture. With I’m Judging You, Luvvie brilliantly puts the world on notice that she is not here for your foolishness — or mine.”
— Shonda Rhimes (author of Year of Yes and executive producer of Scandal and Grey’s Anatomy)
“I could NOT stop laughing. Luvvie has a way of tapping into the universal things that make us all suck at being people. EVERY person needs to keep I’m Judging You on them at all times just to avoid being terrible. I know I will.”
— Issa Rae (author of The Misadventures of Awkward Black Girl)
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About the Author
Luvvie Ajayi Jones is a New York Times bestselling author and sought after speaker who thrives at the intersection of comedy, justice and professional troublemaking.
Her debut book (I’M JUDGING YOU: The Do-Better Manual) was released to critical acclaim, hitting the New York Times bestselling list instantly. Her second book, PROFESSIONAL TROUBLEMAKER: The Fear-Fighter Manual, will be released on March 2, 2021.
A 17-year blogging veteran, Luvvie writes on her site, AwesomelyLuvvie.com, covering all things culture with a critical yet humorous lens. That same razor sharp voice spurred her wildly popular TED talk “Get Comfortable with Being Uncomfortable” to over 5 million views. She is the host of Rants & Randomness and is the co-host of Jesus & Jollof, and runs her own social platform, LuvvNation, which is a safe space in a dumpster fire world.
Luvvie is an internationally recognized speaker who takes on dozens of stages every year around the globe, and has spoken at some of the world’s most innovative companies and conferences, including Google, Facebook, Amazon, Twitter, MAKERS, SXSW.
She has received numerous accolades including being chosen by Oprah Winfrey as part of her inaugural SuperSoul100 list as someone who “elevates humanity.” Her work has been featured in outlets such as The New York Times, NPR, Forbes, Inc, Fortune, Essence, Chicago Tribune and more.
Born in Nigeria, bred in Chicago and comfortable everywhere, Luvvie enjoys laying around in her plush robe, eating a warm bowl of jollof rice in her free time. Her love language is shoes.