The only good thing that came out of the TWO HOUR wait I endured to have my oil changed was that I finished Bossypants by Tina Fey. Its hilarity is probably the only reason I lasted as long as I did at the car dealership. That place was filled with televisions broadcasting daytime talk shows and lots of weird coughing from the other waiting room occupants… It was a bad scene, but the book was good. Better than good, actually. It was awesome. It’s laugh out loud funny, well-written and has some great lessons. I thought I’d share a couple passages with career advice that really stuck out to me.
Passage one: “This is what I tell young women who ask for career advice People are going to try to trick you. To make you feel that you are in competition with one another. “You’re up for a promotion. If they go with a woman, it’ll be between you and Barbara.” Don’t be fooled. You’re not in competition with other women. You’re in competition with everyone.
Also, I encourage them to always wear a bra. Even if you don’t think you need it, just…you know what? You’re never going to regret it.”
Passage two: “So my unsolicited advice to women in the workplace is this. When faced with sexism or ageism or lookism or even really aggressive Buddhism, ask yourself the following question: “Is this the person 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 people who are jerky to you…
Do your thing and don’t care if they like it.”
Gotta love that Tina Fey.