Book Review: ‘How to Be a Bawse’ by Lilly Singh

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I went into this not very familiar with Lilly Singh. I might’ve seen her name and face here and there online, but I don’t think I’ve ever seen one of her videos. That being said, I thought the book was pretty good, albeit slightly superficial. And I think that’s okay given her current level of fame. She’s trying to appeal to an already established mass audience, so she can’t go too deep or left-field. But maybe that’s just her personality too, I don’t know. She’s funny and charming all the same and seems like a great person.

And by superficial, I just mean that the book kind of skittered over the elements of philosophies like Stoicism that I found present in the book. Furthermore, her advice was completely anecdotal; not backed by any studies, established philosophies, or other expert opinions. But to be fair, she does warn the reader of this at the beginning.

How to Be a Bawse is a self-help book for the social media age. It’s replete with small relics of internet culture, such as with the casual use of hashtags and millennial slang. I also couldn’t help but think that this book was tailored mainly towards teenage girls. Given that Lilly Singh was once a teenage girl herself, it would make sense that her advice would resonate more with someone like who she used to be. Singh is also clearly an extrovert. As an introvert, I couldn’t get behind some of her tactics in dealing with professional and interpersonal relationships. If you’re like me, then a book like Quiet: The Power Of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking may be a better self-help book.

In the end, I found Singh’s advice to be helpful and I’d recommend that anyone read it. It’s nice getting into the head of someone who went from completely normal to celebrity status. It kind of gives relatable insight into what it’s like to suddenly find yourself in a world of fame. At the same time, don’t expect that you will miraculously become famous if you follow her advice. Most of us simply will not find ourselves in the same situations as Singh. Her main takeaway is that hard work pays off, and she gives sound advice on how to keep with it over time.

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