The Fire Starter Sessions: A Guide to Blazing Your Own Trail in Life and in Work
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The Fire Starter Sessions: A Guide to Blazing Your Own Trail in Life and in Work

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The Fire Starter Sessions is an apathy-kicking, integrity-infusing guide to defining success on your own terms.

As the creator of “the best place online for kick-ass spirituality,” Danielle LaPorte’s straight-talk life-and-livelihood sermons have been read by over one million people. Bold but empathetic, she reframes popular self-help and succ...more
Published April 17th 2012 by Random House, Inc. (first published January 1st 2012)
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Bri Saussy
Though I love Danielle LaPorte's web presence and overall attitude, I was not sure how I would enjoy FSS because I had already purchased and worked through the digital version of the program (that is no longer available btw) about a year ago. I expected to get a lot of the same information, same worksheets, and same overall feel from the book as I had from the program-and to some extent that was the case. With that said, I LOVED the book and am so glad that I bought it. First off, its purty. Eve...more
I read about this book from a blog somewhere which directed me to her website at From there I went to and bought the Kindle version immediately. As I began to read just the first few pages, I knew this was more than just a read. So, I went to and downloaded the audio version read by Danielle, and as it is done when I want to pour a book over myself and let it have its way with me, I listen and read in synch to get a fuller version.

I am delighted to...more
A.E. Shaw

So, I read a lot of 'things like this', of the motivational, you can do anything, sort of thing, and the nice thing with this is that Laporte has also read these, thus her content is both summarising and expanding upon and adding to many things with which I was already familiar.

It's firm, but kind, inspirational and peppered with just enough practical suggestions and questions to ask yourself. I particularly like that it draws on the ideas of being self-employed and self-sufficient as much as j...more
I'll start this review with the disclaimer that I did very few of the sessions that Laporte suggested in the book so I can't speak as to their effectiveness overall, though my sister spoke of them positively.

This book is part self-help, part affirmation, and part guide to personal soul searching. There are definitely some valuable ideas and questions to be found within it. My personal favourite was "How do you want to feel?" which is posed to be a alternative to setting specific goals. Rather t...more
I've been a big fan of Danielle's for a while now, having followed her on, then on to her new site, I had bought the digital version of this book (called the Spark Kit back then, now since retired) last summer, and devoured it. So when I went ahead preordered the hardcover, all I was expecting was pretty much a paper version of what I had already bought.

Boy, was I wrong.

The Fire Starter Sessions delivers the same message that the Spark Kit did, a message ab...more
Rebecca Waring-Crane
Timing. Is. Everything. Just one chapter into this library copy convinced me that I must own it. As I transition from traditional work to that of a self-employed artist, Danielle's voice gives me perspective and hope, while asking questions that show me how much I already know. Nothing woo-woo about it with ideas that zing on every page -- quotes from others and original gems from Danielle.

"Your most valuable currency is what comes most naturally to you."
"Being well-rounded is highly overrated....more
Disappointing Danielle is great as a blogger but it is challenging to give much credence to a book that is so poorly written and edited. My 16 year old niece could have done a better job stringing together pithy comments and real world insights for a high school social studies class and I didn't make it past the second chapter.
Damn, this book is good. I highly recommend it for anyone who is considering change, of any form. Not only do you feel driven to set out to conquer your dream, but you want to help others with theirs, too. Empowering, inspirational, I want to read a chapter every morning to get a kickstart.
Miranda Hersey
A must-read for any creative entrepreneur.
Oh, so that's what a life coach does! I had wondered. Laporte takes her varied life experiences, including running a think tank, starting companies, being a Mom, attending a White House function with purple hair highlights, as well as readings from a variety of self-help books, poetry, song lyrics, and more, and provides exercises to help the reader live life to the fullest. I liked the references to a variety of sources and the worksheets she provided, and although they mostly felt familiar tha...more
This collection of essays and worksheets is designed to spark introspection and action in pursuit of your vocation, art or higher purpose, and it does so with contagious joy, humor, passion and wonder. It's not blandly self-helpy but it's definitely motivational in the self-help style. LaPorte is unabashedly over-the-top enthusiastic and resolutely anti-cynical; in the best way, for this reader. I look forward to going back to it for thoughts and exercises over and over again, when I feel emotio...more
Petula Darling
Making it through the cringe-worthy writing proved to be very challenging, so I decided to take the author's advice to not do anything hard and I stopped trying.
This is like 'artist's way' for new yorkers. It reminds me of Julia Cameron a lot, but coming from a completely different angle, hooked up to a completely different power supply, for a completely different audience. Laporte hails from the 'Jack Kerouac' school of beat poetry style motivation, which isn't a bad thing. But I am vaguely dissatisfied with it, which is simply a personal reaction. I'm sure it would speak volumes to others.
Vmichelle Skinner
So this is a brilliant book, but it wasn't what I was expecting. It's directed at business, entrepreneurs, career, etc, but you can take the ideas and apply them to your life in general, even if you're a stay at home mom (ahem). For some reason I was expecting it to be a tight process you go through where you come out at the end with some direction and guidance - more like a business plan. What this actually is, is a series of essays and brainstorming sessions. Each one gives you insight and dir...more
Jess Macallan
Holy cow, this book is amazing! Danielle Laporte offers quick-witted inspiration, with straight talk, eye-opening exercises, and a healthy dose of quotes and comments you'll be tempted to highlight (though the book's so pretty, you just might have to resist). This book is a game-changer for anyone who's ever asked, "What am I supposed to do with my life?"

I highly, HIGHLY recommend this book!
Rachel Dixon
Fantastic read for those of us who need a push. I quite honestly laughed and cried. The layout is gorgeous. The advice is easy and perhaps that which has been read before, but organized brilliantly. Recommended if you are on the verge of something big and need a bit of a workbook to figure out what that thing is or how to do it.
Kay H.
The Fire Starter Sessions is difficult to rate because I only took one or two things away from it.

The biggest takeaway for me was the idea of working toward feeling a certain way. For example, I feel good when I feel strong--not just physically, but emotionally, mentally, financially, etc. According to Danielle LaPorte, I should be setting goals that will lead me toward feeling strong.

I had never thought of goal-setting this way, but it makes sense. Really, when we aim to improve ourselves or ou...more
Sep 06, 2012 Quincy marked it as to-read  ·  review of another edition
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If you’ve been waiting for the go-ahead to pursue your next project, your red-hot permission slip just got delivered. LaPorte doles out 16 beautifully designed sessions chock-full of motivated goodness. Nothing preachy or perfectionist about it, but don’t be fooled: Her passion will grab you by the shoulders and shake action out of you. Personal tales give the sessions texture and make LaPorte seem so relatable you’ll forget you’re not...more
Lisa King
Okay. About five chapters in I almost gave up because there was a lot of flash but the substance seemed to be lacking. It was so highly recommended that I forced myself to finish the book. The ironic thing was that the author wrote that we shouldn't force ourselves to finish books we don't like. Ha ha!

I have tried to pinpoint what I don't like about this book. On the whole, it's not terrible but it's not good either. But why? It seemed to be too much fluff. Too much repetition. Too much other p...more
This book is a mix of serious business prompts, mixed with a little bit of the Artist way, mixed with a little bit of Attraction books (everything happens for a reason!). I love the fact it's not one of the thousand books about business -only- but also have some spiritual and creative prompts to work with - even if you don't have a career. (like me). I've found that some questions are quite confronting.. which is a good thing actually, if you want to know what you are doing and WHY you are doing...more
Lucille Zimmerman
I'm listening to this book on audio. I love the soulful way Danielle Laporte puts words together. She is quite a storyteller.

Warning, there is some rough language. She talks like people talk in real life. Her lessons are based on a life of tremendous experience, from writing white papers, working in a DC thinktank, and running a company with million dollar investors.

Danielle knows what she's talking about.

This book is like having a $1000/hour coach helping you decide what you want your life to...more
There'll be a blog post in a few days, but in the meantime, if you are open to and on a path of self-exploration / transformation / ascension to your higher self? Read this book.
Emotsionaalne ja subjektiivne motivatsiooniraamat. Autori jutt tundus õige ja hea, aga tema kirjaviis ei tekitanud minus mingit resonantsi.
Fabulous, fabulous read. I enjoyed every inch of this book and it was really an eye-opening look into creating a life worth living. I highlighted SO many parts of this novel but I'll only leave two of my favorites here:

"When you can see fear as just an emotion that's hanging out with all your other emotions, you gain some clearer perspective. It's not superior, and it's not even inferior. It's just an emotion that you can choose to focus on or not."

"When you justify how you feel, you are depress...more
Lael Jepson

I wish this book wasn't over. It kind of made me sad to move it into the "read" was that good. Quite simply my favorite book. Ever. It took me months to read it, not because it was heavy or dense, but because it was expansive and not to be rushed. It was like a plate of magnificent truffles - every sentence was rich, wishing I could spend some time alone with it on an island to just chew on it. Before moving onto the next.
Read it. Do not pass go, do not collect $200, just read it....more
I love this book. If you want to get the fire started this is the book.
"Read" this book on audio. Danielle herself narrates and it makes more sense - like having a conversation with her. My absolute favorite part is the bit about defining our goals. We always think I want $100,000 or to travel or be famous...whatever. But then you get your book published or achieve one of these goals and still feel... unsatisfied, right? So you have to start with how you want to "Feel" about yourself, life, money, everything, and work backwards from the feeling to what your actions...more
Lamia Tabbaa
Although "self-help"/ soul-searching books can get a bit a redundant, it's the tone of this book that is kick ass. It is filled with the positive energy of "i love you..." and we are all really here to share what we learn and be our best selves. No two best selves are the same and there is enough...of everything...for everyone...and we don't have don't have to settle.

I think somewhere in the book a reviewer referred to this as a modern "Artist's Way..." I don't think it is actually as spiritual...more
Toni McKilligan
I just re-read several sections of FSS. The first time around I was so in awe of the presentation of the information that I felt I needed to review to be sure that I actually read what I read. Danielle Laporte is amazing! She gets to the nitty-gritty of things with humour as well as a no-holds-barred approach that I found refreshing. I love that she dares her readers to be bold and unconventional and even unreasonable! If you want sound advice and a license to be authentic and original, then FSS...more
Danielle LaPorte has a fabulously sassy and definitive writing style with content to offer anyone who dares to contemplate the question “Should I dream? Dare I hope for more?” The entire book is an adventure in the senses – the bright, cheery cover (in my favorite color by the way) is just the beginning… Modern fonts and color and graphic shapes splashed throughout the book make it visually appealing enough to draw you in. Once you get to content, it doesn’t let you go. If there was a mind map f...more
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