Never admire quietly. Never disapprove quietly. Above all else, be true.
– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
I tried to be sensible about my books consumption recently, I really have.
I’ve got about four books on the go at the moment. Two of them I’m reading actively: Kerouac’s On the Road and Pressfield’s Nobody Want to Read Your Sh*t. Two more I’m dipping in and out of: the gorgeously illustrated Chamber of Secrets and Solzhenitsyn’s The First Circle.
If I was to be sensible, I’d finish Kerouac and Pressfield, then have a big Foyles haul. But there are times in every woman’s life when she simply needs to treat herself for all the day-to-day hustle, and my latest treat ended up being Otegha Uwagba’s Little Black Book.
A toolkit for working women
The tl;dr version of this review should simply read: This book is BOSS. I read it in less than five hours and couldn’t get enough of it.
Now, I’m a real sucker for stories about inspiring, young and ambitious women, which I normally consume through podcasts and books. What I get even more excited about is these women sharing the boss tips and tricks they learned on their journeys.
Little Black Book does what no other #girlboss publication has yet achieved: it strips away all the fluff and offers the most concise and to-the-point guide on how to ace you life, career, and wellness if you’re a working woman in 2017.
The book is targeted at creatives. Yet, despite being hesitant to call myself as a creative – am I a creative if all I create is written word? if my 9-5 is in a think tank? if my education are not in a creative field? – I could not stop underlining and earmarking page after page.
Importantly, Otegha’s book has tremendous value even if you already have experience with interviewing, public speaking, salary negotiations and so forth. Did you realise you could review and increase your freelance fees on a yearly basis? Have you heard about the 50/30/20 rule for personal finance management? Have you considered what role your personal style and brand plays in you getting that dream job or client? Yeah, me neither.
Whether you’re looking for reassurance that you’re doing the right thing or for inspiration to do the right thing (like saying no to yet another unpaid gig), Little Black Book offers both – and more.
Complete with a list of places to work in, spots to get inspired in, and several empty pages for your own notes, Little Black Book is a must-have for all young and ambitious women on their way to success.
Follow the author
Little Black Book is only one of several amazing things created by Otegha Uwagba. Another is Women Who, a community in London that offers workshops, meetups, and a support network for creative women. For someone who’s lived in London for just over a year and still building that proverbial tribe around herself, Women Who seems like a great untapped resource. And if you want to hear more about Otegha Uwagba herself, listen to her episode on Emma Gannon’s Ctrl Alt Delete podcast – it’s very inspiring!
Thanks for reading rouge & coffee ♡