If you're excited to read the second memoir by The Mindy Project 's Mindy Kaling, then you're going to be even more excited after you read this excerpt from the book, titled Why Not Me?, where Kaling discusses confidence. Shared by Glamour, the short excerpt goes into detail about how the comedienne achieved confidence and the advice she has for others looking to become more confident in their own skin and lives. Per usual Kaling-style, she kills it. In between the humor, the sound advice, and showcasing her badass nature, the 36-year-old is proving why she's an amazing role model.
As she writes, "So here it is: Mindy Kaling's No Fail, Always Works, Secret Guide to Confidence. This is why you spent your entire vacation reading this book instead of talking to your family." She dives deep into how confidence isn't something you acquire over night; it's hard work. She says, "Because confidence is like respect; you have to earn it."
Some might be turned off by the fact that Kaling says confidence is entitlement and that walking around like you're entitled isn't bad. "Entitlement has gotten a bad rap because it's used almost exclusively for the useless children of the rich, reality TV stars, and Conrad Hilton Jr., who gets kicked off an airplane for smoking pot in the lavatory and calling people peasants or whatever," she hilariously writes. "But entitlement in and of itself isn't so bad. Entitlement is simply the belief that you deserve something. Which is great. The hard part is, you'd better make sure you deserve it."
I couldn't have said it better myself. She also dives into the "general assumption" that women, especially young women, "will have zero" confidence. That idea makes Kaling "sad," and she writes, "Well, guess what, young girls. You aren't damsels in distress. You aren't hostages to the words of your peers. You aren't the victims that even your well-meaning teachers and advocates think you are." Amen, Mindy.
The excerpt ends with Kaling declaring: "Work hard, know your sh*t, show your sh*t, and then feel entitled."
Be sure to read the entire excerpt at Glamour , because it's definitely worth it. Plus, it will get you pumped for her book release on Sept. 15.