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Summary

A disruptive, fulfilment-first approach to living in the modern, connected age - by 27-year-old entrepreneur and ceo of social chain, Steven Bartlett.

Steven Bartlett is here to stage a raw, refreshing and honest intervention for a society that are on a collision course with misery.

Someone or something needs to intervene, before the loneliness, meaninglessness and mental health epidemic does irreversible damage to the fabric of society and an over-connected generation that are being misled by that piece of glass in the palm of their hands. His actionable insights are a product of a life of inadequacy, ambition, wild success, rejection, research and deep reflection.

As documented on an emotional episode of Channel 4's The Secret Teacher, Steven revealed he was a poor, insecure black kid from a poor family, living in an all-white middle-class neighbourhood. He was expelled from school and at age 18, he dropped out of university after one lecture. With nothing but ambitious and seemingly unrealistic goals scribbled in his diary, which detailed his burning desire to become a 'happy, sexy, millionaire' by age 25, he moved to a big city to try and make it happen.

In 2014 Social Chain was launched from his bedroom, it is now one of the world's biggest and fastest-growing social media and marketing companies with clients from Amazon and Apple to Coca Cola, employing over 700 people globally, listing on the stock exchange and turning over hundreds of millions of pounds each year. Steven has given talks to packed stadiums, to the UN, the UK government and has even shared a stage with Barack Obama. He has built an online community of 1.5 million fans and his hugely popular podcast (The Diary of A CEO) has almost one million listeners. But it hasn't all been plain sailing - if you think this is another rich-kid-got-lucky story, you're wrong.

Steven had arrived at the success he desperately craved and accomplished the goals written in his teenage diary, but soon realised that the modern world is designed to push people away from the things that will bring them genuine fulfilment and towards something else - something very dangerous. He realised that this 'connected' society, social media and even his own mind, had been lying to him about how to live life, what to aim for, how to get it, what actually mattered and crucially, the industry he had built his wealth in - social media - was a huge part of the problem. When he applied the "first-principle thinking" that had made his business so successful, to his own life, he discovered a new way to live. One that brought him everything he wrongly assumed material things would. 

Happy Sexy Millionaire: Unexpected Truths about Fulfilment, Love and Success is a crucial intervention for a society that is going in the wrong direction and will offer actionable advice to improve your mindset. Steve unapologetically and humorously challenges widely accepted and damaging clichés on the topic of happiness, love and success and replaces them with bold, actionable, science-backed and unconventional principles for surviving and thriving. In a world where we're told that you must make sacrifices to become successful, Steve teaches readers how to achieve personal success without losing sight of the other things that make life fundamentally worth living. He shows that money and happiness aren't mutually exclusive or hard to attain for anyone, if you understand the simple principles that both are based on.

©2020 Steven Bartlett (P)2020 Hodder & Stoughton Limited

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