Girl, Stop Apologizing: A Shame-Free Plan for Embracing and Achieving Your Goals - A Comprehensive Summary
Girls, Stop Apologizing is a motivational and self-help book that is written for a predominantly female audience. It covers day-to-day experiences that surround work, productivity and personal life. The core message of this book is for the reader to come to the understanding that they are unique and special.
The writer painstakingly drives home the point that people’s opinions of a person’s dreams do not matter. No matter what a person decides to pursue, there will always be people who are judgmental about it and feel inconvenienced by the decision.
The book is divided into three parts: excuses to let go of, behaviors to adopt, and skills to acquire. Excuses disguise themselves as a number of things. The writer debunks the idea that one may have about not being a “goal kind of person.” There is no valid excuse to give up on your dreams before you start or discard them because of what others might think or say.
Other excuses that the writer emphasizes to let go of include the idea that “that’s not what other women do,” you don’t have time, you’re not enough to succeed, or that you can’t pursue your dreams and still be a good mom/daughter/employee. Some people come up with the excuse that they are terrified of failure, or that it’s been done before, or that good girls shouldn’t be associated with hustling. All these are merely excuses not to do great things.
Your behaviors consist of the way you act day in and day out. There are certain behaviors you need to adopt if you want to achieve your goal. They include: putting a stop to asking permission, choosing one dream and going all in, embracing your ambition, asking for help, building foundations for success, preventing people from talking you out of your goal, and learning to say no firmly but politely.
The final part of the book covers certain skills to acquire for success. They include planning, confidence, persistence, effectiveness, positivity, and ‘lead-her-ship.’ In essence the writer wants the reader to finish the book with a very high level of self-belief.
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