Review: How to Be a Bawse

How to Be a Bawse

Lilly Singh


Publisher: Random House Audio
Publication date: 28-Mar-2017
Date Started: Dec-2017
Date Finished: 7-Mar-2018
Format: Audiobook
Pages: 315
Genres: Nonfiction, Self-help, Biography, Memoir, Humor
ISBN: 9780425286463
Source: Audible


“The definitive guide to being a bawse: a person who exudes confidence, reaches goals, gets hurt efficiently, and smiles genuinely because he or she has fought through it all and made it out the other side.

Lilly Singh isn’t just a superstar. She’s Superwoman – the title behind her wildly popular YouTube channel. Funny, smart, and insightful, the actress and comedian covers topics ranging from relationships to career choices to everyday life. It’s no wonder she’s garnered more than a billion views. But Lilly didn’t get to the top by being lucky – she had to work for it. Hard.

Now Lilly wants to share the lessons she’s learned while taking the world by storm and the tools she used to do it. 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 50 rules to get you in the game, including:

– Let Go of FOMO: Temptation will try to steer you away from your goals. FOMO is just a test for your priorities – a test that a bawse is ready to pass.
– Be Nice to People: Treat niceness like a task on your daily to-do list. People will go out of their way to help and support you because you make them feel good.
– Schedule Inspiration: Lack of motivation isn’t permanent or a sign of weakness. Expect it, and proactively schedule time to be creative.
– Be the Dumbest: Challenge yourself by surrounding yourself with people who know more than you do. It’s a vital way to learn and improve.

Told in Lilly’s hilarious, bold voice and packed with candid stories from her own journey to the top, How to Be a Bawse will make you love your life and yourself – even more than you love Beyoncé. (Yes, we said it!)

Warning: This book does not include hopeful thoughts, lucky charms, or cute quotes. That’s because success, happiness, and everything else you want in life need to be fought for, not wished for. In Lilly’s world, there are no escalators, only stairs. Get ready to climb.”



I was first introduced to Lilly Singh through her appearance on the Daily Show when she was promoting her YouTube Red show. Since then I have been a religious viewer of her quirky, comedic videos. I was excited when her book came out, but unfortunately could not get around to it until December when I started the audiobook. Due to the holidays and life, it took me a while to finish this one, but the short chapters allowed me to squeeze the book into my everyday life.

This book is thoroughly entertaining! It is full of excellent advise like “If a behavior results in free cake, one must always perform that behavior.” These are definitely words to live by! Being narrated by Lilly herself made it even more special, particularly when she spoke of her blue days. I also enjoyed the various guest speakers who narrated chapters, one of whom is Lindsey Sterling.

Overall this is a great, entertaining confidence-boosting book! I definitely recommend it!

About the Author

“Lilly Singh is a Canadian YouTube personality, vlogger, comedian and actress. Singh is known by her YouTube username IISuperwomanII.”



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