Teen Review: How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life
Review by Vaishnave
How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh is relatively new and I was so excited to get my hands on it. If you’re from Toronto, there’s a high chance you’ve heard of Superwoman aka Lilly Singh. If you haven't, you’re Patrick because you live under a rock. Lilly Singh is a YouTube star who has established herself on the platform by making comical and inspirational videos. In 2016, she was the highest paid female YouTuber. She struggled with depression, and began making YouTube videos as a way of dealing with her feelings. She brings diversity into the YouTube community. To top it all off, she’s a motivational speaker masked as a comedian.
I’ve known Lilly Singh since 2013 as the very, VERY funny Indian-Canadian girl who did both funny and inspirational stuff in her YouTube videos. Being a Canadian with South Asian background, Superwoman was someone who I could connect to. The issues in her videos were relatable. When I was sad, angry or stressed, watching a Superwoman video was something that relaxed me and made me laugh out loud.
This book surprisingly featured themes very contrary to her Youtube content. In her videos, it’s often about comedy, unicorns, and positivity. In this book, Lilly Singh talks about the cold harsh reality of becoming successful. She gives tips and steps on accomplishing your goals. She explains in detail the key to her success is hustling harder each day and not cute Tumblr quotes.
This book is a tool guide on conquering your dreams, aspirations, goals, hopes and life. Using a comical tone, she explains the art of hard work. She even uses examples from her own life to demonstrate the lessons. In all, through this book she teaches you how to be a bawse. “A Bawse is a human being who exudes confidence, turns heads, reaches goals, finds inner strength, gets hurt efficiently and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out to the other side.” As said by the queen herself.
I feel like this book is very relatable and helpful, especially before school. After reading this book, I’ve developed an urge and hunger to strive for success. Lilly Singh has taught me valuable life lessons that I can actually apply to my life. Unlike other YouTube star books, where it’s pretty much an autobiography, Lilly Singh actually gives solid tips and tricks to succeed based on what’s worked for her. These lessons aren’t sugar-coated and are the harsh truth.
There are lots of colours and pictures and different fonts in the book which keep you hooked and interested. Her jokes in the book are hilarious, and the circularity and the consistency with jokes is amazing. Although the book has 50 chapters, it’s an easy and fun read. There’s never a dull moment. You will easily breeze through the book and want to keep reading it over and over again.
Now you may be wondering how a 26-year-old YouTube star can possibly give me advice on teenager problems. Some advice for problems she gave me concerned procrastination. I feel like I speak on behalf of all teenagers when I say we procrastinate because of social media, YouTube, Netflix, etc. all the time. I’ve also learned how to let go of FOMO (fear of missing out). All those times when we hang out with friends instead of homework because we think we’re going to miss a lifetime experience. Other advice she’s given me inclues exercising self-control, scheduling inspiration for things you’re passionate about, not overthinking situations, eliminating and utilizing anxiety and stress positively, not gossiping, being shamelessly yourself, and I could keep going on.
Some of my favorite quotes include:
"Don’t just try to pass your classes; try to ace them. Don’t just try to pay your bills, save enough to travel. I don’t want you to write a script just to see a movie get made; I want you to win the Oscar. That’s the difference between settling like a survivor and conquering like a Bawse.”
“A bawse knows that if you want to be taken seriously, you need to show people who you are, and then keep showing them.”
“Don’t tell your boss you work hard; let your work prove it. Don’t just tell your girlfriend you’re loyal; be loyal. Don’t tell your opponent you’re going to knock them out; just knock them out. Talk is cheap, so leave it at the thrift store.”
“(…) putting yourself in uncomfortable situations is CRUCIAL to developing new skills and gaining valuable experience. I know Drake told you he went from “0 to 100 real quick,” but I promise you: he went from 0 to 1 to 2 to 2.2 to 3.
“Empires are not built upon a single pillar and, similarly, your career should not be built on a single success.”
“Being active has nothing to do with being sexy, sculpting a six-pack, or fitting into a smaller size. It’s about making sure your body can keep up with your hustle.”
“Not being nice is like poisoning yourself with bad vibes.”
I read this whole thing in two days so that shows how good it is and how easy it is to read. I say go for it.