The Awesome Human Project

Challenge is constant. Struggle is optional.

My BIG promise in this book is that I will show you how to struggle less, break free from burnout, and live with more energy and joy — and without making huge life changes!

Embrace your Awesome Human!

Yes, you ARE one.

Yes, I want this book!
Awesome Human Project Book cover

This book can change your life – if you practice

The Awesome Human Project is a book you DO, not just read.

It includes:

  • My proven science-backed 5-week program to boost your emotional fitness
  • Bite-sized neuroscience lessons so you can learn to be the boss of your brain
  • What awesome leaders do differently and why it matters
  • Ways to get rid of guilt around self-care for good
  • An “SOS” section to help you get out of the Valley of Struggle
  • My wildly popular Notes to Self with inspiration to support your progress
  • Talk Back to Your Brain scripts to quiet (ok, shut up!) your inner critic and doubter

“… a gusto-filled guide … and cheery but down-to-earth approach to emotional wellness.”


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Listen to clips from the audiobook!

Why self-care means saying "no"

Tense Boss Scenario

The true meaning of self-acceptance

This book is for you if you want to…

… quiet your loud inner critic and perfectionist

… bust through guilt around self-care

… learn how to rest (yes, it is a skill!)

… become a better leader (at work and outside of work)

… feel more joy (it’s your life fuel!)

The Awesome Human Project abounds with simple, practical tools to build emotional fitness, learn to embrace ourselves (and our awesomeness) wholeheartedly, and to leave the “shoulds” behind so we can joyously revel in the “coulds.”

- Melissa Bernstein, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Melissa & Doug

What a gift to humanity! I can't stop reading it.

- Bonnie Kintzer, President and Chief Executive Officer, Trusted Media Brands

An inspiring blueprint sharing Nataly’s compelling personal journey and tactical ways to redirect your mind towards meaning, purpose and fulfillment.

- Tiffany Shlain, Emmy-nominated filmmaker, founder The Webby Awards & Bestselling Author of 24/6: Giving Up Screens One Day a Week to Get More Time, Creativity and Connection

Just like practice in sports, The Awesome Human Project is hard work but rewarding. Nataly is there like an awesome coach, dusting us off when we stumble, giving us encouragement and motivation, and supporting us on our next attempt.

- Jonathan Becher, President, San Jose Sharks

The Awesome Human Project is a generous and practical guide to letting go of struggle and being your best self — from someone who truly understands what it means to build a happy life from the ground up.

- Ingrid Fetell Lee, Author of Joyful and Founder of The Aesthetics of Joy

We’ve somehow been convinced that a life of busyness and struggle is the only way to live. Through self-care and self-compassion, The Awesome Human Project shows us another way is possible.

- Jen Fisher, co-author of Work Better Together

Part self-help, part science, and part workbook, The Awesome Human Project offers the perfect combination of tools to help any busy professional step away from the overwhelm of everyday life and chart their way out of the chaos.

- Stacey Hoin, Chief Human Resources Officer, Guardian Insurance
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Why I wrote this book

I illustrated the book myself... here's a peek!

And I wrote you many Notes to Self in the book!

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Nataly is a one-woman dream team of empathetic friend, wise mentor, and ebullient cheerleader and she teaches us to acknowledge our struggle, while we also joyously celebrate our wins and delight in every step of growth on our journey.

- Melissa Bernstein, Co-Founder and Chief Creative Officer, Melissa & Doug

We are in the middle of a human revolution. There has been a much-needed shift, particularly in the workplace, toward embracing the importance of being fully human and taking care of one’s mental health and well-being. Nataly digs deep in her personal story and collection of wide-ranging research to provide a blueprint on how to train your mind and be the best version of yourself. Human connection, kindness, and gratitude are not just nice-to-haves. They are fundamentally important on the path toward greater meaning, purpose, happiness, and a better you.

- Eric Mosley, CEO of Workhuman

Each time I read Nataly’s work or hear her speak, I am reminded of the power of mindset. The Awesome Human Project is no exception. Readers will find themselves both championed and challenged by the author, who calls us to examine and retrain our thinking. Grounded in real experiences and key neuroscientific insights, it is a pragmatic and thought-provoking guide to achieve what most find illusive – greater joy.

- Noelle Eder, Global Chief Information Officer, Cigna

This book will help you make better choices about where to invest your energy and stop “shoulding” yourself—at work and outside of work. I look forward to helping others and myself complete our very own Awesome Human Project—and awards!

- --Alicia Davis, Senior Director of Global Finance Learning and Development, Dell

“’You can’t give what you don’t have’ has become my new mantra thanks to Nataly Kogan. It has never been more important for us as leaders to model self-care. But few of us – me included -- have much practice in actually doing it. That’s where this book comes in, distilling Nataly’s engaging and effective teaching so that we can build happier, more sustainable lives. If you’ve gritted your teeth through the past year and wondered how long your stamina can hold out, please read this book!”

- Peggy Northrop, CEO, Watermark

Is it possible to recommend a book to all humans? Because if so, I would absolutely recommend The Awesome Human Project to any human who interacts with other humans and the world around them. The lessons and practices in The Awesome Human Project will help me on my journey to becoming a better leader, colleague, professional, wife, mother, sister, friend and person. I suspect the pages will be highlighted and dogeared for years to come!

- Kerri Palamara McGrath, M.D., Primary care physician and Director of The Center for Physician Well-being at Massachusetts General Hospital
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