The Big Life: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the BADASS BABE You Were Meant to Be

The Big Life: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the BADASS BABE You Were Meant to Be

Ann Shoket / May 25, 2020

The Big Life Embrace the Mess Work Your Side Hustle Find a Monumental Relationship and Become the BADASS BABE You Were Meant to Be Millennial women are changing what it means to be powerful and successful in the world for everyone Forever You want The Big Life that delicious cocktail of passion career work ambition respect m

  • Title: The Big Life: Embrace the Mess, Work Your Side Hustle, Find a Monumental Relationship, and Become the BADASS BABE You Were Meant to Be
  • Author: Ann Shoket
  • ISBN: 9781623368241
  • Page: 269
  • Format: Hardcover
  • Millennial women are changing what it means to be powerful and successful in the world for everyone Forever You want The Big Life that delicious cocktail of passion, career, work, ambition, respect, money, and a monumental relationship And you want it on your own terms Forget climbing some corporate ladder, you want a career with twists and turns and adventure For youMillennial women are changing what it means to be powerful and successful in the world for everyone Forever You want The Big Life that delicious cocktail of passion, career, work, ambition, respect, money, and a monumental relationship And you want it on your own terms Forget climbing some corporate ladder, you want a career with twists and turns and adventure For you, success only matters if it s meaningful Ann Shoket knows the evolving values of young women than anyone She s the voice behind the popular Badass Babes community, a sisterhood of young, hungry, ambitious women who are helping each other through the most complex issues around becoming who you re meant to be As the trailblazing editor in chief of Seventeen for the better part of a decade, Shoket led provocative conversations that helped young women navigate the tricky terrain of adolescence and become smart, confident, self assured young women Now that they are adding muscle to the frame work of their lives, she s continuing the conversation with The Big Life.The Big Life is packed with actionable guidance combined with personal advice from high profile millennial women who have already achieved tremendous success, plus intimate conversations with a cast of compelling characters and Shoket s own stories on her quest for The Big Life You ll learn to tackle all of the issues on heavy rotation in your mind such as How to craft a career that s also a passion How to get respect from a boss who thinks you re a lazy, entitled, and self obsessed millennial Why you need a squad of people who support you as you build your Big Life How a side hustle will make you smarter, hotter, and in control of your destiny Why work life balance is a sham and your need to embrace the mess How to find a partner whose eyes light up when you talk about your ambition.Written in Shoket s friendly and authoritative style, The Big Life will help you recognize your power, tap into your ambition, and create your own version of The Big Life.

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      • Ann Shoket

        Ann Shoket has been a key architect in shaping the national conversation about and for millennial women Over the last 15 years, Shoket brought two major young women s publications to number one across every platform As Editor in Chief of Seventeen from 2007 to 2014, Shoket repositioned the iconic fashion and beauty brand to dominate as the most relevant voice for its 13 million readers As part of the launch team of CosmoGIRL in 1999, she helped revolutionize teen magazines by talking openly about important emotional issues that weren t yet addressed by traditional publications.Shoket has appeared regularly on Good Morning America, Today, The Oprah Winfrey Show, The View, CNN, Access Hollywood, and E News, and she was a guest judge for four seasons on America s Next Top Model Forbes has named her one of the Most Powerful Fashion Magazine Editors in the country.


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    1. Whether we’re fresh out of college, contemplating a career change, or figuring out how to balance it all; we all have a vision of what our Big Life looks like. Ann Shoket digs deep into the premise of The Big Life; discussing personal and professional relationships, work ethic, and being the badass woman we all desire to be. I read this book in about 2 days, and filled it with so much highlighter than it now resembles a textbook. From the quotable gems of advice to the relatable personal stori [...]


    2. I got this book from first reads. Despite being the target audience for this book (millennial/woman/in a position of power at work/etc) I could not culturally connect to it at all. The "cultural universals" it talks about - fashion stuff, beauty stuff, big industry names - I didn't know them or know of them. Even the wording had a magazine style feel to it (the author spent a lot of time with Seventeen magazine so that makes sense I guess). I don't think it does a satisfactory job at defining T [...]


    3. Ann's writing is very conversation, very full of pop culture/style icon references, and yet, it's got so much depth and heart to it, that those things that feel a little superficial (I felt there was an overemphasis on looking good, for one thing) are easy to let go of. I suspect some readers will love those pieces and feel validated by them, which isn't a bad thing.Some of the ways The Big Life are presented are what makes this book so valuable. I love Ann's method of talking about what she wan [...]


    4. This was not a book I could really get my head around. I received this book in a giveaway and was actually looking forward to reading it and seeing what it had to offer, but I couldn't connect with much of it and felt it was geared mostly towards a certain part of the working industry. It's not that it had no good qualities or advice, if anything it had a lot of it, but it didn't do much for me or of help, a lot of the same from other self-help books about working and what's involved, but with l [...]


    5. Thanks so much to Raincoast Books for sending me a copy of this book for an honest review. As always, all opinions are my own.This book was a little outside my usual realm of reading - it's a collection of essays about life, mostly as a millennial, in today's world, both professionally and personally.I can definitely see where this book would be really insightful for fellow young women to help guide and reassure. I think my problem with it was it was just a little bit too old for me. I'm still i [...]


    6. This book was too annoying for me to finish. Her target audience is millennial women in their 20s and 30s, but she uses a tone borrowed straight from the pages of Seventeen, targeted at teenage girls. The whole thing is written in second person, and the assumptions she makes about the lives of her readers are generic and unimaginative stereotypes that paint us as two-dimensional when she's trying to make a case that millennial women are so interesting and badass. It's seriously all #squadgoals a [...]


    7. This is the "self-help" book that you didn't know you needed. It's like talking to a friend who is a little wiser but wants to do everything in her power to push you forward in your career and life. This life is entirely too short not to be the best you can be and Ann Shocket encourages that to the fullest in this book. Every millennial woman needs a copy of this on her bookshelf.


    8. Very inspiring. This was the perfect book for me to read at this point in my life. This book made me realize that I have been selling myself short and dreaming too small. Highly recommend if you are feeling stuck or unmotivated, or just don't know what to do next.


    9. I guess if I were gunning to be CEO of a major corporation in NYC and living out a bunch of Sex and the City fantasies, maybe this would be my Bible, but


    10. Good Tips — but ideal audience limitedMost of the tips are very targeted to an audience of those 20-30 years old. There are definitely still good tips though for professional women past 30.


    11. This book was kind of hard for me to read. It's part guidebook and part memoir or encouragement. It's geared at millennial women (though that is not distinctly defined and seems to cover women from their early 20s to their early 30s) who have strong career ambitions. The whole book had a kind of "Do whatever you have to do to make your dreams happen" vibe, which is great and which I definitely approve of. It encouraged women to pursue side hustles to stoke passions while also working boring jobs [...]


    12. Imagine a bunch of high-power women at a dinner party -- and then imagine if the hostess was recording the whole thing in order to pull out the best quotes and write that into a book. So this is that book. And it turns out, successful career women are only great at telling you how THEY were successful. Not always so useful for others, particularly as privilege, debt, socioeconomic class, racism, and sexism are rarely addressed.


    13. A very inspirational and up lifting read. She has some worthwhile advice for young women who are focused on their careers. I can't give it 5 stars because it felt repetitive. At one point, the same sentence about one particular girl had been used three times throughout the book. Also, parts felt very aspirational and less attainable. Not everyone is able to assemble a Taylor Swift style squad. I'd still recommend it to young modern girl looking for advice after college.


    14. A book not just for young women but for mothers and grandmothers aswell. As a grandmother I so loved this book and highly recommend it.


    15. I remember reading about The Big Life by Ann Shoket in a Her Agenda newsletter earlier this year. I took a screenshot of the cover because the premise sounded interesting and I wanted to check it out. Fast forward a couple months, I purchased the book a few weeks ago, and it was one of the best book purchases I have made in a while.Whether we’re fresh out of college, contemplating a career change, or figuring out how to balance it all; we all have a vision of what our Big Life looks like.Ann S [...]


    16. Sigh. I wanted to like this. I really did. The author is admirable in her genuine intentions for uplifting other young professional women - but I just don’t think there were enough insights to justify a book. Instead, what fills the gaps is a ton of superficial, feel-good advice. (I love the genre though - and would recommend wholeheartedly instead: /book/show/3. Review for that one coming later.)The tone/angle of the narrative is certainly enticing - dinner parties with wine! Lots of referenc [...]


    17. I picked this book up on a whim after reading an interview with the author on the Forbes website. In the interview, the author seemed to be encouraging women to embrace their financial independence. As a relatively successful millennial with an interest in finance, I was excited to hear the authors take on how women can manage their careers and their money. All I can say after reading this book is that I'm profoundly disappointed. I initially thought that the author might be an older millennial [...]


    18. I was a bit disappointed with this book. If you think the "big life" entails working 16-18 hours a day in journalism, editing, or business, then this book is for you. Some parts of the book, especially about side hustling were pretty good. It's important to recognize that a person's primary employment isn't going to lead to a 100% fulfilled life so it's important to branch out in other directions. However, parts of the book were just downright appalling. Shoket wrote about how some of her "Badas [...]


    19. Definitely more for a business-career type in her early twenties (and to be fair, the book never promised to be anything but). As an older millennial in her early thirties, I can usually glean inspiring information from books like this, but I found The Big Life to be particularly focused on a certain point in life that I've already passed. I also wasn't a fan of some of the language/advice around dressing and appearance. The concept that the instant you're making more money you should be buying [...]


    20. I saw the author do an interview and picked up the book as a result. I liked the book but the examples skewed younger than my age group; which considering her experience with Seventeen magazine makes sense. I did get a few takeaways. It can work for anyone at any point in their life as long as they are clear about their goals and make an effort to get there. I appreciated most that Shoket didn't get the life she wanted until her late 30's, that's a much more inspiring story than 20 something tec [...]


    21. There was a moment almost halfway through that I thought I was going to give up. I didn't think this was applicable to my life because I didn't have this dream of a career I wanted or an idea on how I wanted to impact the world. But of course, shortly after the book clicked and I got excited. It's self-help books like these that share personal stories of a variety of woman that I love. I don't want lists of the top 10 ways to be happier. I want to see how woman have struggled to see their true p [...]


    22. I really enjoyed this book. There were a lot of great insights into what it’s like to be a career-driven Millennial woman, and validation that you don’t have to apologize for that. I enjoyed the examples from real women and how applicable much of the advice was for my own life.The only reason I gave it a 4 is that, at times, it seems especially geared toward young, early 20s, single women. Some of the content didn’t feel quite as relevant (and a bit trivial, at times) for someone older or [...]


    23. I grew up reading Seventeen when Shoket was the editor-in-chief so when I heard that she wrote a book about helping young women realize their potential and go for their dreams it felt very full circle for me. She offers her wisdom in a unique way. She uses other women's success stories as well as her own to show a well-rounded approach. It really helped me with some of my questions and fears of achieving my own asperations. She is wise without being condescending and it did not feel corny like a [...]


    24. I've always admired Ann Shoket and I was hoping to learn more about her or even read some memoirs or anecdotes from her life. The book was mostly a collection of goal and career advice from various "Badass Babes" (successful millennials, working women, etc). It was a cool idea but I found myself not getting all that much out of the book. It was the typical advice about believing in your dreams and being confident. It was comforting to see successful women's tales of stress and worry but otherwis [...]


    25. Really disappointed by this book. At first I thought I just wasn't the audience for this particular book. It's written very didactically and gives a lot of advice without adding anything new to the larger conversation. Also it was incredibly homogeneous. I could see the author trying to bring in lots of different voices and perspectives, but it just fell flat. Very white, very heteronormative and LOTS of implicit assumptions about valuing physical appearances.


    26. I loved this book! Ann doesn't just use her own career experiences; she marries them with stories from women across different professional fields and backgrounds. Her collection of advice and stories made me think harder and smarter about my own upcoming career and how it will interact with other parts of my life. A light but extremely useful read!


    27. I felt like this book overgeneralized the millennial generation, as well as reinforced the commercialization of America. In my opinion, this book was written purely as a money-making gimmick aimed at new adults who have long been fans of the magazine Seventeen--just something else to suck them in and take their hard-earned money.


    28. I'll cut to the chase: I'm 32 and maybe a little old for this advice despite technically being considered millennial. And I have a little bit of a problem with the glorification of being busy. However, there's some good advice and I'm sure the target audience will get a lot out of it. Just not my thing.


    29. This was a super quick read. I wish I would have read it in early college since it would have been a better fit. It talks mostly about corporate careers and side hustles so not quite where I am but I like that it was story heavy.


    30. This is a book written by a millennial for millennials most of the suggestions would never have worked when I was in the workforce.However I am on the far side of 70 and what was relevant in my time is no longer, I am sure.


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