Monday, March 11, 2019
Read by Lilly Singh
Published March 2017 by Random House Publishing
Source: my audiobook copy checked out from my local library; I also have a copy I purchased for my Nook
Lilly Singh isn’t just a superstar. She’s Superwoman—which is also the name of her wildly popular YouTube channel. Funny, smart, and insightful, the actress and comedian covers topics ranging from relationships to career choices to everyday annoyances. It’s no wonder she’s garnered more than a billion views. But Lilly didn’t get to the top by being lucky—she had to work for it. Hard.
Now Lilly wants to share the lessons she learned while taking the world by storm, and the tools she used to do it. How to Be a Bawse is the definitive guide to conquering life. Make no mistake, there are no shortcuts to success, personal or professional. World domination requires real effort, dedication, and determination. Just consider Lilly a personal trainer for your life—with fifty rules to get you in the game, including:
• Let Go of FOMO (Fear of Missing Out): Temptation will try to steer you away from your goals. FOMO is just a test of your priorities, a test that a bawse is ready to pass.
• Be Nice to People: Treat niceness like an item on your daily to-do list. People will go out of their way to help and support you because you make them feel good.
• Schedule Inspiration: Lack of motivation isn’t permanent or a sign of weakness. Expect it and proactively schedule time to be creative.
• Be the Dumbest: Challenge yourself by surrounding yourself with people who know more than you do. It’s a vital way to learn and improve.
Told in Lilly’s hilarious, bold voice and packed with photos and candid stories from her journey to the top, How to Be a Bawse will make you love your life and yourself—even more than you love Beyoncé. (Yes, we said it!)
WARNING: This book does not include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, or cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness, and everything else you want in life need to be worked for, not wished for. In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb.
I don't remember where I first heard about this book. I didn't know then, and I didn't know when I started listening to the book, who the heck Lilly Singh is and why she might have any idea how to conquer life. But the book got a lot of buzz when it came out and the audiobook was available when I needed a book that I could listen to right away. So How To Be A Bawse it was.
Guys, Lilly Singh is really funny. She is also very self-aware and extremely hard working. Even though I'd never heard of her before, she has earned a People's Choice award, two Teen Choice Awards, and ranks tenth on the Forbes list of top-earning YouTube personalities. None of that came without a lot of effort. Singh doesn't presume to suggest that she hasn't made any mistakes along the way but she has learned a lot as she worked to build up her brand.
Sure, we're not all going to reach the same levels Singh has reached. You do have to have a certain personality type to do some of what she has done. But so much of what she suggests her readers do are things we can all try, things we are all easily capable of doing.
Be Nice to People, for example. It takes very little effort to choose to be nice; which just need to remember to do it. Give a compliment, say good morning, treat everyone the same way you treat the "most important" person in a room. In If You Can Do It, You Don't Have To Say It, Singh, suggests that we stop telling people what kind of person we are and what we can do and just showing them by doing the things. Simply, right?
It would never have occurred to me that this was going to be a book I would want to read again. But there is seriously a lot here to think about and I'm glad that I have it on my Nook to pick up again to remind myself of what Singh has to say. I'm not trying to conquer the world but I'm always game to try new ways to conquer life. Whether or not that makes me a bawse, I can't say. But I might as well shoot for that, right?!