Look in the mirror. What do you see? Do your eyes drift to the parts of yourself that you’re self-conscious about? Or, do you see a strong, brilliant human—full of ideas, power, and potential—staring back at you? Either way, you’re looking at the same image, the same person—just your perspective is different. Because, as Annie from Shrill shows us, how you choose to see yourself can completely change how others see you as well.
Based on the personal journey of comedian and author Lindy West, and her bestselling book Shrill, the LOL-worthy and extremely relatable Hulu show of the same name serves up a whole lot of inspo. In the six-episode series, now streaming on Crave, Annie (Aidy Bryant) transforms from a shy, passive assistant editor to a confident powerhouse—and teaches us a lot in the process. Here are 10 lessons about how to be a boss, according to Annie, and a few of her friends:1. See yourself as the boss that you are. 2. No, seriously: be kind to yourself. Embrace how wonderful you are and other people will too. 3. Where you’ve come from and who you are gives you a unique perspective—and that deserves to be heard. 4. Consider turning your passion—say a boundless curiosity about Alcatraz—into a project. 5. Find people who will listen to your ideas—but who will also call you on your BS. 6. Those are the supporters who will celebrate your wins, and hold your hand through the tougher times. 7. Avoid people who constantly make you doubt yourself—no matter how smiley and upbeat they seem. 8. Break through barriers (like judgy assistants and intimidating bosses) and get your ideas out there without being overlooked. 9. Show your gratitude when you get your big break (even if your boss isn’t exactly the warm and fuzzy type). 10. Stop waiting. Put on your power outfit and make big things happen. Feature image by Niall McClelland
Words by Ishani Nath