Book Review: How to Be a Bawse by Lilly Singh

Title: How to Be a Bawse
Author: Lilly Singh
Genre: Non-Fiction, Personal & Professional Development
Rating: 4 out of 5 stars
Format: Hardcover book



  • “You control your mind; your mind doesn’t control you.” (Chapter 2)
  • “First and foremost, you must learn to love yourself. It’s only when you love yourself that you can truly love others. When you don’t love yourself, you will project your insecurities and internal issues onto others, preventing you from ever genuinely seeing them for who they are.” (Chapter 11)
  • “Loving yourself means you care about yourself. And someone who is well taken care of is more likely to be happy, healthy, and productive. Loving yourself means wanting to make yourself proud. Loving yourself means consoling yourself and encouraging yourself when you face failure, which you inevitably will. And most importantly, loving yourself means that you advocate for yourself, ensuring that you’re treated the way [you] should be treated.” (Chapter 11)
  • “Don’t sell yourself short by not spending your time, energy, and money on creating the best version of yourself.” (Chapter 33)
  • “Say what you mean, but don’t say it mean.” (Chapter 36) – PS: This will be my motto for my future children.
  • “It’s your job, solely yours, to create the best possible environment for yourself.” (Chapter 42)



Chapter 11: Be In Love
This chapter is SUPER important and one I wish I could make everyone I know and love read it. Loving yourself is the most important step in being successful and results in you being happy, healthy, and productive. Don’t we all want that for ourselves and the people we care about?

Chapter 32: Be the Dumbest
Most people will look at this chapter title and think “why would I want to be dumb?”. Read it and you’ll know. Really, go read it.

Chapter 38: Understand Priorities
This chapters dives into the importance of accepting other people’s differences. Lilly explains that once we are aware and mindful of the fact that everyone has their own priorities and motivations, we will not only understand that person better, but our means of communicating will be more effective too.

Chapter 41: Your Ex Wasn’t Right for You
I cannot stress enough that this chapter is not just about boyfriends and girlfriends, but about anyone who was once in your life and now isn’t. I think everyone needs to read this on their own because relationships can be complicated, but I want to leave you with this quote “don’t let [someone from your past] define what a relationship is supposed to be [going forward].”

Out of the Blue
These aren’t really chapters, but I loved these sections of the book. In the “Out of the Blue” sections, Lilly shares one page of thoughts from a time in her life when she was fighting depression and another page of thoughts post-depression. These sections were beautiful, raw, heartbreaking, inspiring, and real all at the same time. I loved that Lilly was brave enough to share this with her readers and I was so inspired by the transformation that took place in a matter of years thanks to her hard work.



I won’t lie, I was hesitant to pick up this book because I didn’t know anything about the author, but I’m so glad the description of How to Be a Bawse convinced me to pick up this book.

Author Lilly Singh defines a Bawse as “someone who excels in both personal and professional settings. A Bawse exudes confidence, turns heads, gets hurt efficiently, communicates effectively, and hustles relentlessly.”

I don’t know about you, but I want to do all of those things. And, I feel that after reading through this BEAUTIFUL book, I now have the tools to do so—with a lot of hard work, of course.

I highly recommend this book to anyone looking for a fun take on the self-help genre, a quick and effective read, and a kick in the butt to go out and create a life for yourself that you can be proud of!



Join me in my own personal challenge inspired by How to Be a Bawse:

The next time something negative happens (however big or small), challenge yourself to find 3 positives NO MATTER WHAT. This trains your brain to be grateful for even the small things.

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