How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life

How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life

From actress, comedian, and YouTube sensation Lilly Singh (aka ||Superwoman||) comes the definitive guide to being a bawse—a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because they’ve fought through it all and made it out the other side. Told in her hilarious, bold voice that’s inspired over nine million fans, and using stories...

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Title:How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life
Author:Lilly Singh
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How to Be a Bawse: A Guide to Conquering Life Reviews

  • Dazz Ross

    I first discovered Lilly Singh (aka iiSuperwomanii) at 14 in December 2013, with her video Things Students Lie About. Ever since then, I've laughed and truly enjoyed watching her content, seeing as she's grown into a powerhouse in the YouTube community. I remember a period of time where I watched a collection of her videos before I went to bed every night because they relaxed me enough to go to sleep. She made me discover the side of YouTube where creators roam and helped me know what to watch i

    I first discovered Lilly Singh (aka iiSuperwomanii) at 14 in December 2013, with her video Things Students Lie About. Ever since then, I've laughed and truly enjoyed watching her content, seeing as she's grown into a powerhouse in the YouTube community. I remember a period of time where I watched a collection of her videos before I went to bed every night because they relaxed me enough to go to sleep. She made me discover the side of YouTube where creators roam and helped me know what to watch in that field (Jenna Marbles, Miranda Sings/Colleen Ballinger, and Grace Helbig are examples).

    So when she announced this book, it didn't come as a surprise to me even with getting incredibly overjoyed. I knew this book was going to impress me even if it wasn't the best. So with that in mind (and the help of a gift certificate), I set off on the journey to becoming a full-fledged Bawse.

    I'm incredibly happy to say that this book was well worth the wait. With Lilly's charismatic voice and lovely advice, I feel empowered to change some of the aspects of my daily life and make it better. You can tell how much she cares about this project alongside her other endeavors, and I loved hearing about some of her experiences in life. The book design is pretty and organized, plus I appreciated how pretty the layout was. There was even a nice amount of repetition of earlier stated principles that didn't feel annoying!

    I do wish some of the individual chapters were longer since they felt a bit too short, but I feel like that's more of a nitpick for a truly wonderful read that I've been anticipating for a good long while now. In the YouTube community or possibly giving us more literature, I'm excited to see where Superwoman will take her magic next.

    9/15/16 (Before Reading)

    I legit fanboyed SO HARD when I heard about this announcement. Lilly Singh/Superwoman is my favorite Youtuber, and I'm incredibly excited to read this. Because, duh. Superwoman!

  • Trang Tran (Bookidote)

    THIS BOOK IS GOLD. IT HELPS ME SO MUCH. Just when I needed it the most, reading this book is like having Lilly near you as a friend and a supporter to reassure you and guide you through your life. I believe we all learn best from our own experience and this memoir a personal coach speaking from her own experience and the result is amazing.

    The writing? TOTALLY HONEST TO HER STYLE. It’s funny, witty and familiar. She doesn’t need to pretend to be someone else, speaking like Shakespeare or whatever

    THIS BOOK IS GOLD. IT HELPS ME SO MUCH. Just when I needed it the most, reading this book is like having Lilly near you as a friend and a supporter to reassure you and guide you through your life. I believe we all learn best from our own experience and this memoir a personal coach speaking from her own experience and the result is amazing.

    The writing? TOTALLY HONEST TO HER STYLE. It’s funny, witty and familiar. She doesn’t need to pretend to be someone else, speaking like Shakespeare or whatever. She goes straight to the point and backs up her advice with her own examples and experience.

    It’s like a voyage into yourself that you’ve been delaying for years because you didn’t know where to start. Well you start with this book right here. Lily reminds us that even though she reached stardom, she was still an ordinary person like all of us. She started from the bottom and people tend to forget that. So her problems and tips are easy to relate to. Dealing with your impulse, with hatred and arrogant people, how to not procrastinate, and my favourite thing ever.. SHE MADE A LOT OF GAME OF THRONES REFERENCES :D . She usually uses the characters to describe how they also apply the behaviours and how they overcome it through a fun psychological analysis.

    You can read my full review here :

    Trang - Book Blogger

  • Muse-ic ♬

    I love Lilly Singh! I am a big fan of hers and I watch all her videos.

    That being said, I do NOT worship the ground she walks on. I'm NOT approaching this book and review as a fangirl and I am NOT approaching it as a biased party.

    I think this book is gen

    I love Lilly Singh! I am a big fan of hers and I watch all her videos.

    That being said, I do NOT worship the ground she walks on. I'm NOT approaching this book and review as a fangirl and I am NOT approaching it as a biased party.

    I think this book is genuinely a great idea.

    In this book, Lilly discusses how to be a BAWSE; a strong confident person who takes charges of their life while at the same time genuinely being a good human.

    It's not particularly unique. There are many psychology books out there that discuss the

    behind successful people.

    Most of those books go into the science behind it all.

    goes into the theory in practice. All the things she discusses are applications in her daily life. She shows the reader that these applications have worked for her and aided her in her successful career that started from virtually nothing.

    The other thing to remember is that most of Lilly's fans are all just regular young people. Most of them aren't just gonna go pick up a book on psychology to help them improve their lives. They will turn to YouTube and the internet!

    The beauty of this book is that it's written in a very clear fashion that anyone can understand because Lilly uses all kinds of metaphors, specifically social media related metaphors that most of her fans and young readers can relate to.

    Also, Lilly has a degree in psychology, so as far as I'm concerned, she is actually qualified to discuss the topics she does in her book because she has the proper education.

    Seriously do you expect a young person who spends a lot of time on their phone AND who doesn't like to read to pick up a book on psychology to solve their problems if they need help?

    Of course not.

    But when it's another young person who is widely loved and has a lot of influence in the online community who writes this book, then they will be more inclined to pick it up. Lilly has a lot of power and she does great things with that power.

    So I would argue that this book is going to help a lot of people in their life journies, not just because of what Lilly wrote, but because it was Lilly writing it.

    I also loved how

    has little interactive portions in it. At the end of each chapter, Lilly gives the reader a challenge to complete that acts as a small push in the direction of self-improvement.

    Aaaaaaand here are some gifs of Lilly to conclude!

  • Lola

    Initially, I didn’t want to read this book. I mean, look at it. Look at the cover. Look at the title. Look at the made up word, ‘‘bawse.’’

    Are you kidding me?

    But despite the cheesiness and silliness that sometimes arises, it is a precious self-help book. It really does give helpful advice and motivates you to wake up at 6 am in the morning to conquer life.

    It’s also surprisingly honest. I had no idea who this YouTube sensation was before I started reading the book. And I only cared to check her o

    Initially, I didn’t want to read this book. I mean, look at it. Look at the cover. Look at the title. Look at the made up word, ‘‘bawse.’’

    Are you kidding me?

    But despite the cheesiness and silliness that sometimes arises, it is a precious self-help book. It really does give helpful advice and motivates you to wake up at 6 am in the morning to conquer life.

    It’s also surprisingly honest. I had no idea who this YouTube sensation was before I started reading the book. And I only cared to check her out when she began talking about her struggle with depression.

    I, like a lot of people, love inspirational stories. To me, Lilly Singh was born to make videos and inspire others. She talks about how she made her first YouTube videos in 2011 because she wanted to cheer herself up. Not because she wanted to become rich and famous, but because she needed to fight depression.

    She also discusses how sometimes a failed attempt to climb a business or personal ladder can end up opening new doors. Like when she was supposed to meet a celebrity to make an important video that meant a lot to her, but the meeting never happened. Still, that didn’t keep Lilly from developing her idea, even if she had to trash her first plan. Even if she had to find another way.

    I agree. I absolutely agree. If everything went as planned all the time, and no one ever failed at anything, life would be… dull. We need to push ourselves and encourage ourselves and make mistakes to be able to grow – and, in my opinion, that should be everyone’s number one priority. I want to see people change for the better and dodge the icebergs life puts in their way. I believe that’s possible.

    Otherwise, there would be no inspirational stories to tell.

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  • Raj

    In looking for reviews about this book, I noticed most of the comments are by many of Lilly's passionate fans who admit to not having read the book yet. If you want to hear an honest review about the content of the book, continue reading below:

    Overall, this was a quick and simple read. Each of the 50 chapters are short and to the point, maybe 5 pages each at most. However, I also thought this may have been one of the reasons I couldn't give the book a higher rating. Singh offers a lot of great a

    In looking for reviews about this book, I noticed most of the comments are by many of Lilly's passionate fans who admit to not having read the book yet. If you want to hear an honest review about the content of the book, continue reading below:

    Overall, this was a quick and simple read. Each of the 50 chapters are short and to the point, maybe 5 pages each at most. However, I also thought this may have been one of the reasons I couldn't give the book a higher rating. Singh offers a lot of great advice and mini pearls of wisdom, but as soon as you start processing the lesson, the chapter ends. Before you know it, the book is over and your head is swirling with just fragments of advice.

    In the chapter, "Send the GPS Deep", she states "When it comes to understanding our behavior and why we do the things we do, I believe each of us has a minimum of three layers....the bottom layer consists of the deeply rooted reasons we actually behave the way we do." When Singh first announced her book, I was excited to read it and support her because I have been a long-time fan. However, I assumed the book was going to give us a deeper glimpse of who she is off-camera aside from the unicorns, skittles, and T-shirt references. I hoped she was going to provide the reader more insight into her third layer. At times she did do this, especially in the "Out of The Blue" concluding sections, but other than that the book remained largely surface-level. I can assume this is because she deeply values her privacy, and even alludes to that in the chapter "Be Secretive." But I can't help but feel that if she expanded on her advice over a few more pages per chapter instead of sticking to the strict formula of opening metaphor-real world example-conclusion, and was willing to be a bit more vulnerable, that the overall tone of the book would have felt more substantive and personal. However, I do recognize that this is her first book and applaud her for keeping true to herself and her style.

    ...and just an FYI: if you are considering buying the book, I would definitely purchase the hardcover version instead of the ebook. Every chapter begins with a wonderfully colorful picture and title page. The ebook version hampers the reading experience in that sense because it just simply doesn't do the layout justice. (Also, I believe she has actually signed many of the hardcover versions).

    #OneLove

  • Whitney Atkinson

    I read this on audiobook over the span of a few days just because it was good clean fun, but it's gonna be something that I won't even remember the message of in 2 months. Lilly's advice is genuine, but nothing new. Her messages also seem to be driven by the fact that *she's* succeeded, so her if everyone just follows in her footsteps and does the things she does, they'll be famous too!! But reading this sometimes felt like she was giving advice to 12 year olds trying to avoid drama rather than

    I read this on audiobook over the span of a few days just because it was good clean fun, but it's gonna be something that I won't even remember the message of in 2 months. Lilly's advice is genuine, but nothing new. Her messages also seem to be driven by the fact that *she's* succeeded, so her if everyone just follows in her footsteps and does the things she does, they'll be famous too!! But reading this sometimes felt like she was giving advice to 12 year olds trying to avoid drama rather than adults trying to achieve their goals. I liked a lot of her stories, so I think I would've enjoyed a memoir or book of essays better than a self help book, because I think that part of the book shined better than her mediocre advice. But still, her audiobook was fun and I really love the work she does for women's rights and making wholesome content.

  • ☘Misericordia☘  ✺❂❤❣

    Punky enough to get to my reading list. Not coherent enough to get a higher rating from me. All the Youtube references soon got irritating (if I want Youtube, I won't be reading a book, I'll switch to Youtube, thank you).

    All the graphics were a bit much too much.

    Generally, I prefer my books to be more well-rounded and substantial. This book had a hell of a lot of promise and underdelivered in a drastic way. The girl spends entirely too much time on internet and videos. I do realise it's her wo

    Punky enough to get to my reading list. Not coherent enough to get a higher rating from me. All the Youtube references soon got irritating (if I want Youtube, I won't be reading a book, I'll switch to Youtube, thank you).

    All the graphics were a bit much too much.

    Generally, I prefer my books to be more well-rounded and substantial. This book had a hell of a lot of promise and underdelivered in a drastic way. The girl spends entirely too much time on internet and videos. I do realise it's her work but it shows and not in a good way. Initially I kicked myself for not checking the author's age thinking the author is not mature enough, Z-generation, etc. But then I checked the gal's profile and saw she's about 29, which in my opinion should have provided her with enough lifetime to learn how to be coherent.

    I loved the book cover, liked the unicorn references, the photo with Malala and Rock, uhhh..., also liked some Q's (pls see those below :))

    Disclaimer: I am not a fan of any Youtube stars. I don't even like Youtube and consider it a major waste of time. I just liked the punky stype of the book and decided to give it a try. We didn't click. Too bad.

    Q: A Bawse is like a boss, but so epic that I had to change the spelling. Unlike a boss, who is defined as such only within the workplace, a Bawse is someone who excels in both personal and professional settings. A Bawse exudes confidence, turns heads, gets hurt efficiently, communicates effectively, and hustles relentlessly. (c)

    Q: I’m not writing about mythical, fairy-tale stuff. I’m telling you what has actually worked in my life, the things that pulled me out of a place of deep depression into a life filled with the kind of success I couldn’t have ever imagined. (c)

    Q: Being a Bawse is hard work. It requires an unfathomable amount of dedication and hustle. The following pages do not contain tricks, quick tips, or get-rich-quick schemes. I’m not going to tell you about any shortcuts or good luck charms. Instead, I am going to make your work ethic sweat, your mind expand, your fear dissolve, and your obstacles crumble. (c)

    Q: The giant spark I have in me doubles in size. Welcome to the land of dreams. (c)

    Q: CHOOSE A FACEBOOK, Twitter, and/or email password that is an affirmation or important reminder. Think about it—you write this password several times a day, so you might as well make it meaningful! Even when you’re in a rush, you’re giving your brain a subliminal message. Some examples: Workhardtoday or Staydetermined or Youdontneedaboyfriendbecauseyourecompletelyfinebyyourselfandifyoueverdoubtthatthenlistentosingleladies (okay, that last one might surpass the character limit). (c)

  • Aadhya

    This book will not teach you how to conquer life.

    I could finish this book in one day because-

    1. I was apparently so desperate for any form of motivation that I resorted to an illustrated book filled with platitudes whose targeted audience seems to be teenagers who have way too much money to spare.

    2. This book was more like a series of 10 minute YouTube videos than a profound piece of literature.

    I didn't learn anything I didn't already know from this book except for the fact that it wasn't writ

    This book will not teach you how to conquer life.

    I could finish this book in one day because-

    1. I was apparently so desperate for any form of motivation that I resorted to an illustrated book filled with platitudes whose targeted audience seems to be teenagers who have way too much money to spare.

    2. This book was more like a series of 10 minute YouTube videos than a profound piece of literature.

    I didn't learn anything I didn't already know from this book except for the fact that it wasn't written by a ghostwriter because I could hear her annoyingly perky voice in each sentence of the book.

    I didn't expect it to be great but I had hoped, and this is what probably made me impulsively pre-order the book, that she would talk more about how she overcame her severe depression and turned into this major internet personality. However, she downplayed this a lot, focusing on making badly placed and framed pop culture references to be #relatable and in doing so severely undermines her readers' intelligence (or maybe not, I guess I deserve the flak I'm getting for bothering to read this book).

  • Huma Rashid

    I thought this was cheesy, annoying, and overdone even BEFORE she made some ridiculous crack about millenials being entitled, which is such a trite thing to say that ignores all social, political, and financial nuance that I am not even going to get into it. I enjoyed her story about Selena Gomez and the importance of authenticity ... but of course she wasn't going to bring attention to all the ways Selena Gomez is highly problematic including her bullshit Indian/"Tribal" cultural association bu

    I thought this was cheesy, annoying, and overdone even BEFORE she made some ridiculous crack about millenials being entitled, which is such a trite thing to say that ignores all social, political, and financial nuance that I am not even going to get into it. I enjoyed her story about Selena Gomez and the importance of authenticity ... but of course she wasn't going to bring attention to all the ways Selena Gomez is highly problematic including her bullshit Indian/"Tribal" cultural association bullshit that pissed the Desi community off a while back. Oh, and the picture of her with Scooter Braun elicited a similar reaction - he's the idiot that basically excuses everything Justin Bieber does, no matter how heinous, but of course he's a "nice guy" and they had such an "authentic interaction" and blah blah blah.

    Unnuanced. Annoying. Cloying and desperate. I eye-rolled my way through this whole mess. I gave it a star because the pictures are pretty. Honestly, read the name of each chapter, maybe the occasional pull quote, and you'll get the whole message of the book. This is not rocket science; the vast majority of the text reads like filler. I'm disgusted with myself for wasting my time on this.

    Read my full review here if you want:

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