BOOK REVIEW: CHILLPRENEUR – Denise Duffield-Thomas

Rating: 4 out of 5.

Failures are great fodder for podcasts, blogposts, and future Oprah interviews.

Denise is a money mindset coach, and best selling author. In this book she teaches people business advice and millionaire mindset lessons which will set you on the path to abundance – without any hard work. Chillpreneur challenges the old, boring assumptions of what it takes to build a successful business to achieve financial independence with ease and grace. I read a lot of self help books. I think it’s one of my favourite genres to dive into. Over the last two years I have been really into improving my mindset, as I’ve been wanting to run and own a successful business for as long as I can remember. I was recommended this book from a friend early last year, and I read it over the course of one week.

There was a lot of things that I really enjoyed about this book, I appreciate that Denis acknowledges the struggles that women face in business, and really goes on to dispel common myths about what it takes to run a successful business. I was drawn to her approach that you don’t have to work 24/7 to create something lasting, that waking up at 4am and having no work-life balance is essential to becoming financially independent. She offers a refreshing alternative to the idea that we have to constantly hustle to have a successful business, and goes onto explain that, that cutthroat attitude is coming from a place of scarcity, believing that there is a finite amount of money and success to go around and you have to hustle to keep up. As oppose to the abundance mindset, acknowledging that there is always enough to go around.

So what is a “Chillpreneur”, she explains that you don’t have to be Type A to be successful, she is a Type C – chill, ambitious but incredibly lazy. If you’re a Chillpreneur you’re not attached to the outcome of your efforts. You can read about more of what it takes to be a Chillpreneur in her book, but here are 4 of 7 core beliefs (taken straight out of the book):

1. You Believe in a Benevolent Universe – for EVERYONE

As a Chillpreneur, you embrace an abundant mindset and accept that there’s enough for everyone, including money, clients and opportunities. You know you’re just as deserving as anyone else, and that your gain isn’t someone else’s loss.

2. You Practice Optimism

As a Chillpreneur, you see the silver lining in everything. Failed launch? “we can learn so much from this for next time!” Everything is useful, and nothing is wasted. In face, failures are great fodder for podcasts, blogposts, and future Oprah interviews.

3. You Embrace Your Humanity

Being chill doesn’t mean you have to be zen all of the time or nun-like in your approach to life. As a Chillpreneur, you’re perfectly imperfect just the way you are. You’re going to have days when you are decidedly unchill about everything, but you practice self-compassion and self-forgiveness for your all-too-human mistakes.

4. You’re Driven by a Desire to Do Good in the World

Chillprenuers strive for mutual success. You do not think that making money is evil, becasue you know it enables you to do tremendous good in the world. You build philanthropy, self-care, and sustainable practices into your business for the sake fo your clients, your team, yourself and the planet. You’re in business to make a lot of money and help a lot of people. You know you’re one of the good guys.


I highly recommend this book to anyone who feels they have money blocks, especially anyone who is struggling with the idea of owning a business and being a full time mom, wife or working lady! Her tone throughout the book makes you feel like she is talking directly to you, and her breakdown of steps to take to get to that next level are informative and helpful.

Have you read Chillpreneur? If so, what were your thoughts? What is your favourite self-help book?

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3 thoughts on “BOOK REVIEW: CHILLPRENEUR – Denise Duffield-Thomas

    1. It’s a really good read, because sir offers such a different approach!!! I planned out the next 5 book reviews I’m doing and I have more entrepreneurship books so look out for those 😊

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