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Book of the month – How to be a BAWSE

EN: This month’s book is one which became very dear to me, while I was reading it. I had only recently found out about this huge YouTube star, Lilly Singh (a.k.a. IISuperwomanII), and seeing how funny and relatable she is, when I heard that she wrote a book – I was already sold on it.

If you look “How to be a BAWSE” by Lilly Singh, on Amazon, this is what you will find:

 

 

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.

 

 

 

I’m not going to lie, it’s a long book. I was expecting something light and short, written in a funny manner. I was only half right: it is written in a funny manner. But it’s anything but short and light.

I think it was a touch of brilliant to insert certain chapters where she tells how she dealt with depression, while still managing to lift your spirits. After each depression story, which gives you an insight on her past, there is a mirroring story regarding the present, thus showing you how things evolved and got better. I guess you can say that she touches on depression, but not in a depressive way.

Also, you will be amazed how real she keeps it, and how on point are her examples. She knows you would rather watch Netflix than write an essay, and she makes you hold yourself accountable and ask yourself “Ok, if this total stranger knows I’d rather eat ice-cream and be a sock all day, why don’t I prove her wrong? Why don’t I prove everyone wrong?”.

I can’t summarize all the useful advice and all the lessons I’ve learned, because I would probably need to rewrite the whole book. I’ll add below some quotes I saved, for those moments when I need a “pick me up and a kick in the ass”.

Another awesome feature was that, at the end of each chapter, there is a “self-evaluation” section. No, it’s not a test at the end of each chapter, that would be inhumane. It’s a section where you can reflect on the chapter you’ve just read, and applying that lesson to your life, by identifying the problems, the steps, the things you can change, etc.

I don’t remember any self-help book having such a practical form. It truly made me think, and spend more time introspecting than I would by reading some other book.

 

And, if you want to read some highlights (it seemed like highlights to me), here they are:

“You have to seek out situations that make you uncomfortable and then throw yourself into them.”

“Productivity over pride. Elevation over ego.”

“Going in circles will never get you anywhere (unless you’re the Earth, in which case you’re alllriighhhttt).”

“Ask questions that align with your priorities and ignore all the other noise.”

“If you’re not making mistakes, you’re not taking any steps toward accomplishing a goal.”

“No mistake is too big or too small to apologize for, and no ego should be too big to make that apology.”

“If you don’t love yourself, you’re probably not the happiest version of yourself, and thus you’re unable to love someone to the best of your ability.”

“The universe might respect the law of attraction, but it respects a good hustle even more.”

“Escalators exist in every industry, but a Bawse will always take the stairs and prioritize the longevity of their career.”

“You know that being a Bawse entails climbing a ladder, or several ladders. When you reach the top, it’s important to recognize that you’re never truly at the top.”


RO: Cartea de luna asta este una care mi-a devenit foarte draga, in timp ce o citeam. Abia ce am aflat de un superstar de pe YouTube, Lilly Singh (a.k.a. IISuperwomanII), dupa ce am vazut cat de amuzanta e, cand am aflat ca a scos si o carte – eram deja un fan.

Daca ai curiozitatea sa cauti “How to be a BAWSE”, de Lilly Singh, pe Amazon, o sa gasesti asta:

 

 

“How to be a BAWSE” (“Cum sa fii un SHEF”) este clar un ghid despre cum sa iesi triumfator in viata. Nu te amagi, nu exista scurtaturi catre succes, fie el pe plan profesional sau personal. Dominarea lumii necesita efort, dedicare si determinare. Gandeste-te la Lilly ca fiinf antrenorul tau personal in viata – cu 50 de reguli care sa te puna in miscare.

 

 

 

Nu o sa te mint, este o carte lunga. Ma asteptam sa fie ceva usor de citit si relativ scurt, scris intr-o maniera amuzanta. Am avut dreptate doar pe jumatate : este scrisa intr-o maniera amuzanta. Dar este orice, numai scurta si usoara nu.

A fost o sclipire de geniu, sa adauge anumite capitole in care povesteste cum a facut fata depresiei, dar in acelasi timp reuseste sa te motiveze si sa te inspire. Pentru fiecare poveste despre depresie, care iti arata o frantura din trecutul ei, exista o poveste in oglinda despre prezent, in care iti arata cum a evoluat si cum lucrurile au luat o turnura pozitiva. Cred ca poti spune ca trateaza tema depresiei intr-o maniera non-depresiva.

De asemenea, vei fi surprins/a cat de onesta este cu tine si cu ea insasi, si cat de exacte sunt exemplele ei. Adica, stie ca ai sta mai degraba sa te uiti la seriale, decat sa iti scrii lucrarea, si te face sa constientizezi asta facandu-te sa te intrebi « Ok, daca o persoana total necunoscuta stie ca as prefera sa mananc inghetata si sa ma comport ca o soseta toata ziua, de ce nu ii dovedesc ca greseste ? De ce nu dovedesc tuturor ca se insala ? »

Nu pot sa fac un rezumat al tuturor lectiilor importante si al sfaturilor ei, pentru ca probabil as rescrcie toata cartea. Voi adauga cateva citate pe care le-am salvat din carte, pentru momentele acelea cand ai nevoie de putina motivare si un sut in dos.

O alta caracteristica pe care am apreciat-o a fost aceea ca, la sfarsitul fiecarui capitol, exista o sectiune de « auto-evaluare ». Nu, nu e un test la sfarsitul fiecarui capitol, ar fi inuman. Este o sectiune in care poti reflecta asupra capitolului pe care l-ai terminat, si cum poti aplica lectia respectiva in viata ta, identificand problemele, pasii, lucrurile pe care le poti schimba, etc.

Nu tin minte sa fi citit o carte care sa fie scrisa intr-o maniera atat de practica. M-a facut sa ma gandesc instrospectiv mai mult decat orice alta carte de pana acum.

 

Si, daca vrei niste puncte de reper (mie mi-au parut a fi puncte de reper), iata cateva :

 

« Cauta situatii care ti se par incomode, si arunca-te in ele. »

« Productivitatea inaintea mandriei. Evolutia inaintea ego-ului. »

« Invartindu-te in cercuri nu te va duce nicaieri (exceptand cazul in care esti Pamantul, atunci esti ook). »

« Pune intrebari care se aliniaza cu prioritatile tale, si apoi ignora zgomotul din rest. »

« Daca nu faci greseli, nu avansezi catre scopul tau final. »

« Nicio gresala nu este prea mare sau prea mica pentru a-ti cere scuze, si niciun ego nu ar trebui sa fie prea mare pentru a adresa acea scuza. »

« Daca nu te iubesti pe tine, probabil ca nu esti cea mai fericita versiune a ta, iar asa nu esti capabil sa iubesti pe cineva cu toata fiinta ta. »

« Universul respecta Legea Atractiei, dar respecta si mai mult sarguinta. »

« Exista lifturi in orice industrie, dar o SHEFA va sti intotdeauna sa aleaga scarile, prioritizand longevitatea carierei sale. »

« Sa fii o SHEFA inseamna sa urci anumite trepte si scari. Cand ajungi in varf, este foarte important sa recunosti ca nu esti niciodata, cu adevarat, in varf. »

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