One of my goals for 2016 is to get back to my roots and read more books. As the great Frederick Douglass said, ‘Once you learn to read, you will be forever free.’ Books are a passion – nay, an obsession of mine and always have been. I grew up in the library and my parents fostered my love of reading and learning. With books I have lived a thousand lives, found myself absorbed in different worlds, and learned immensely more than I could have otherwise. I have a goal of reading 100 books this year, along with me!
‘Why Not Me?’ by Mindy Kaling is another hilarious peek into Kaling’s life. A follow up to her novel ‘Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me?‘ this book is just as funny and reveals more personal details including everything from her love of McDonalds to her relationship with a White House staffer. She jokes about what is funny, but stresses what is serious. She emphasizes hard work equaling success. “The truth is, I have never, ever met a highly confident and successful person who is not what a movie would call ‘a workaholic.”
Kaling’s book is effectively a charming memoir but it is also something of a statement. It’s an attempt to reclaim work—the wanting, striving, and the doing—as a value unto itself. As Kaling sums it up:
“People talk about confidence without ever bringing up hard work. That’s a mistake. I know I sound like some dour older spinster on Downton Abbey who has never felt a man’s touch and whose heart has turned to stone, but I don’t understand how you could have self-confidence if you don’t do the work.
I work a lot. Like, a lot. I feel like I must have been watching TV as a kid and that cartoon parable about the industrious ants and the lazy grasshopper came on at a vital moment when my soft little brain was hardening, and the moral of it was imprinted on me. The result of which is that I’m usually hyper-prepared for whatever I set my mind to do, which makes me feel deserving of attention and professional success, when that’s what I’m seeking.”
An inspiration as always Ms. Kaling. Thank you!
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Book 11: Why Not Me? by Mindy Kaling