First things first, Happy New Year!! 2018 is here and I’m excited to share my first book review to kick off the month of January. This months book review is How To Be A BAWSE by Lilly Singh. I picked up this book quickly after its release date back in March of 2017, but just recently got around to reading it over the holiday season. Impeccable timing, I must say. The tips wisdom and practical advice Lilly (aka iiSuperwomanii) shares in this book were just the fuel I needed to ignite my creative fires & step into 2018 with a BAWSE mindset. As many of us are embarking on new journey’s towards accomplishing our goals & resolutions, it’s important that our vision for the future is clear & our actions are reflective of the outcomes we’d like to achieve. How To Be A BAWSE is a book for all ages and all stages. Whether you’re a student, professional, parent or anything in between, this book will help you navigate your life and steer you in the direction of success.
So, who’s ready to start conquering their lives in 2018? I know I am, I hope you join me too!!
“Videogames are a great analogy for life. You go through levels, get thrown off by obstacles and face several enemies.”
Divided into 4 distinct parts (master your mind, hustle harder, make heads turn and be a unicorn) and 50 chapters, Singh takes her readers on an adventurous pursuit of transforming into the best versions of themselves. With chapters ranging from 3-5 pages in length, the book is a quick read but anything devoid of impressionable impact. As a reader, I thoroughly enjoyed the shorter chapter lengths that got straight to the point. This style of writing helped me retain the advice presented and quickly apply it in my own life. Reading this book was nothing short of the experience I get when riding a roller coaster. Just when you think you’ve had enough and the ride is about to end, you accelerate into a new direction and are left speechless due to sheer amazement.
The toughest decision by far while writing this review was selecting my favorite chapters out of the book. So many chapters resonated with me and I wish I had the time and space to talk about all of them. *Maybe I should join a book club! – mind* Rather than turning this blog post into an essay, I finally funneled down my options to chapters 33 & 35.
Chapter 33: You’re an Investment
Believe it or not, you are the biggest project you’ll ever work on in your lifetime. Regardless of what you do for a living -big or small- who you are as an individual and what you stand for will always outweigh your achievements. I used to be one of those people who thought that reaching a certain stage in my life would signify “success.” But to be completely honest, if you feel like an over-worked robot at the end of that road, was it really worth it? Shifting your focus on the valuable currencies like time, energy and money will solidify the foundation of your goals and dreams. In this chapter, Singh gives an example of musician Lindsey Sterling who despite being a well-known performer, still takes violin lessons on a daily basis. Even when you strike big, stay humble and harness your craft. Never over feed your ego to the point where there is no room for growth. Taking lessons everyday or hustling everyday at perfecting your passions is the greatest investment you’ll make in life. So keep pushing the glass ceiling. Keep improving & being the BEST that you can be.
Chapter 35: Be Santa
Probably my favorite chapter in terms of applicable advice and for obvious reasons, the title. Now that you’ve started investing in yourself, how do you stand out when its time to show the world what you’ve been working on? Follow these tips and get ready to create an aura of a BAWSE!
- Listen to understand – “Instead of thinking of a response while someone is speaking, pause and focus on what they are actually telling you.”
- Don’t be robotic – “If you want to have great presence, mean what you say.” How many times has someone asked us the question “how are you?” for us to respond with the robotic answer of “Fine. Good. How are you?” Rather than giving a cookie-cutter response, be authentic and mean what you say.
- Live in the moment – “Don’t constantly check your phone… instead, take in your surroundings, meet new people, be interested in what’s going on and absorb the energy of the room.”
“You’re a human being and you’re a product of your environment. So what does that mean? That means you better create an environment where BAWSES thrive.”
Friends, thank you again for joining me on the first book review of 2018! I wish you the absolute best and hope you crush your goals and dreams like a BAWSE!
Ready, set, let’s gooooo!!