Book recommendation: Tina Fey’s Bossypants
Bossypants is the only book that has ever inspired me and made me laugh so hard I cried…at the same time. In Bossypants, Tina Fey covers everything from her awkward childhood to her experiences on SNL and 30 Rock. She tells her story with candor and honesty. We’re talking clumsy make-out sessions and a meltdown over an anthrax scare at work (a scenario that somehow becomes quite entertaining). You will laugh so hard you’ll cry. I promise.
The real win within this book lies at the core of her story. Tina Fey follows her life’s path with a wide-eyed curiosity and handles life’s curveballs with a good sense of humor. When it comes to the office, she can hold her own with the toughest of them. I was wildly inspired by her work ethic. As evident in my favorite quote from the book, she is definitely not one to let negative coworkers distract her from her goals:
“Ask yourself this question: “Is this person in between me and what I want to do?” If the answer is no, ignore it and move on. Your energy is better used doing your work and outpacing people that way. Then, when you’re in charge, don’t hire the jerky people who were jerky to you.”
She stumbled into acting in a way that only Tina Fey could. She was plucked out of her comfortable nest as a Saturday Night Live writer when the SNL team needed someone to screen test with Jimmy Fallon. She fearlessly went for it and a fabulous acting career was born. Tina has the kind of gumption that leaves you determined to let life unfold and to say “yes” a little bit more.
She is a good example of what hard work and authenticity will get you: A life that’s rewarding. A life that makes you feel really good in your own shoes…and maybe even a nice pair of Bossypants.
As Tina Fey said:
“…Don’t waste your energy trying to educate or change opinions. Go “Over! Under! Through!” and opinions will change organically when you’re the boss. Or they won’t. Who cares?”
Those pants fit her wonderfully.