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How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life Hardcover – March 28, 2017
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“Singh segues from her inspirational and uber-watched YouTube videos to essays on how to become a bawse, that is, a supremely self-confident person. She’s been named one of Time’s 2016 ‘30 Most Influential People on the Internet,’ Variety’s ‘10 Comics To Watch for 2016,’ Forbes’s ‘30 Under 30,’ Vogue’s ‘8 YouTube Stars That Are Taking Over the World,’ and more.”—Library Journal
“Lilly is a bona fide #girlboss, boss, and bawse. Her meteoric rise has come with so many incredible lessons that we are all lucky to have access to. This book is a must-have for the hustler in all of us.”—Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO, Girlboss
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Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) is a multifaceted entertainer. She has found worldwide fame through her comedic and inspirational YouTube videos, amassing more than ten million subscribers. She has appeared in the feature films Ice Age: Collision Course and Bad Moms, and in 2016 she starred in and produced her own feature-length film, A Trip to Unicorn Island. As a role model for women and girls around the globe, Singh created her #GirlLove initiative to break the cycle of girl-on-girl hate and fight for gender equality.
Singh was named to Forbes’s 2016 30 Under 30: Hollywood & Entertainment and Fast Company’s Most Creative People in Business 2016 lists. She has appeared on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon and has been featured in Entertainment Weekly, People, Elle Canada, Seventeen, Vogue India, The Wall Street Journal, and The New York Times, among others. A successful entrepreneur, Singh released her own signature lipstick, called Bawse, with Smashbox and has also partnered with Coca-Cola.
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She got her undergrad degree and then, still living with Mommy and Daddy, decided to skip getting her Master's Degree -- choosing a "career" in YouTube instead. And, still living with Mommy and Daddy, she set out to succeed at it.
When did a social media site become a "career opportunity?" I'm amazed by the things kids can do today to become celebrities. Not experts on anything, not working in fields of value, but doing things just to become a celebrity. I remember people having to be quality people who did a lot -- years and years, even decades -- of quality work before ever having their face or name seen or heard anywhere. This instant stardom is new to all generations before Lilly's.
The book gives basic advice about how to create a (possibly temporary) empire while in your twenties. That's valid. But Lilly apparently has never had a sincere relationship, a child, or otherwise experienced life as a human in the real world instead of a shiny airbrushed image in a video or on a book cover.
I don't get it.
For those of you old enough to visit a bar -- those of you who want to avoid real life and move right along to a social media "career" -- try checking out books for adults that don't contain endless slang and chapter after chapter of "and then I did this" -- books like "Hustle" and "Reinvent Yourself." You'll get the basics of lasting success building without the temporary "Ooooh, and so-and-so was there!" childish drivel of Lilly's book, and you might learn to create a business/life that actually includes . . . life. Something that lasts.
Who am I to talk about this? I came from an abusive family that I parted from out of life-or-death necessity at eighteen. I had a child at nineteen. I had real relationships -- my current one has lasted thirty-five years so far. And yeah, I hustled and succeeded at what I wanted to do -- be part of the L.A. live theatre scene. I know all the tricks in Lilly's book. I figured them out for myself.
So, although Lilly has some good advice (especially in light of the fact that she's a YouTube name right now, with an obvious passion for becoming a Movie Star), I wouldn't base my life on anything she has to say. She may turn into somebody of value, and she may be a flash in the pan. Time will tell and, hopefully, Lilly will learn that sometimes life kicks you so hard and so many times that life simply can't always be plans and dreams and schemes.
It has advice, starting from the first chapter, which is half (un)common sense, and half easily digestible reminders of why hard work, kindness and consideration are such important values. Many of the other business and personal development books I've read refer to strategies or practices which are not necessarily realistically attainable for everyone, and of course, it's not meant to be, one should pick and choose what works for them and experiment to find out how to use the lessons. In contrast, everything in this book - and much of it is practical, action oriented activities - are things you can do right here, right now, to change your outlook, change your behaviours, and challenge yourself to be better, and stronger. A simple example, #CheatCode1: "Maybe they're having a bad day" is something that is so overlooked in everyday communication, business life, and interpersonal interactions. Sometimes it is you - and then the rest of the book covers great right-here-right-now exercises for how to address that, but sometimes, people are just having a bad day. It is simple - but with all the thousands of in-depth, complicated recipes for success out there, it's somehow quite refreshing to jump into this passionately written book, and gain some straightforward reminders of how to be a good human being, how to challenge yourself, and how to conquer life. Thank you Lilly for putting your heart and soul into this book, I think everyone could benefit from reading this.