While delving into the beginning of my spiritual journey, I heard about Break the Good Girl Myth by Majo Molfino on a podcast. I decided this would be my next Audible listen. I greatly enjoyed this self-help read with a huge dash of spirituality and full helping of feminism.

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The summary, from Amazon:

“A must-read for any woman who is ready to design a life on her own terms.” – Sophia Amoruso, Founder and CEO, Girlboss

Women: it’s time to break the good girl myths that are holding you back and share your true gifts with this groundbreaking book from Stanford University-trained designer and women’s leadership expert Majo Molfino.

For thousands of years, women have been taught to be “good” instead of powerful. But when we embody the good girl, we hold back their voices and gifts in a world that desperately needs female perspectives.

Drawing on countless coaching sessions and conversations with female leaders, Majo identifies five self-sabotaging tendencies (“the five Good Girl Myths”) every woman must overcome to unleash her power and design a more purposeful life:

  1. The Myth of Rules
  2. The Myth of Perfection
  3. The Myth of Logic
  4. The Myth of Harmony
  5. The Myth of Sacrifice

While there are many women’s leadership books, Majo uses her knowledge and training in design thinking (which is used by the world’s most innovative people and companies) to help you build creative confidence and break free from these disempowering myths once and for all.

Discover how each myth negatively affects your relationships, career, and well-being and identify your primary good girl myth – the blindspot that’s zapping most of your power as a creative badass.

If you’re a woman who can’t seem to get your voice or ideas out into the world, Break the Good Girl Myth will finally help you understand why and light the way out so you can become the woman you’re meant to be.

Your time – our time – is now.

Buy Break the Good Girl Myth here.

In Break the Good Girl Myth, Majo Molfino breaks down five myths that so-called good girls often subscribe to: the myths of rules, perfection, logic, harmony, and sacrifice. Molfino describes these rules, put in place for us by society, and how we can break away from them. She acknowledges that they are helpful in some situations, but that they deny us from tapping into things like creativity and intuition, traits often associated with womanhood. Molfino provides journal exercises and challenges (in an accompanying PDF for the audiobook) to work through the challenge of breaking through these myths. She also promotes and includes links to her website, where she offers meditations and further resources.
To me, it was pretty evident that I fall prey to the myth of perfection the most, though according to the quiz Molfino provides, I am at least partially a believer in all of these myths. I found some of her journal activities to be helpful, and plenty I stored in the back of my mind for later use. I was surprised that some of these practices I already have in place, whether I was aware of them or not. This was an enlightening, enjoyable, and empowering read and I am glad I took the time to listen to it.

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Break the Good Girl Myth: How to Dismantle Outdated Rules, Unleash Your Power, and Design a More Purposeful LifeBreak the Good Girl Myth: How to Dismantle Outdated Rules, Unleash Your Power, and Design a More Purposeful Life by Majo Molfino
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Definitely an uplifting read, and I loved that the author adds a touch of new age spirituality to her practice. Some of this I was already unconsciously or consciously doing. There are a lot of plugs for her website which does make sense as she offers meditations there. I listened to the audiobook, narrated by the author, at 1.2x speed.

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Book Club Questions

  1. Which myths do you find yourself believing in?
  2. What techniques from this book did you find helpful?
  3. Do you think there are any other societal myths women (or anyone) believe in?

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