5 things we learnt from Mindy Kaling’s new book

Get excited, because Mindy Kaling‘s new book just dropped and it’s full of all the hilarious and poignant life wisdom we’ve come to expect from the actress and writer.

Why Not Me? is her long-awaited follow-up to 2011’s Is Everyone Hanging Out Without Me? (And Other Concerns).

The super-relatable TV doctor has tons of great career and life advice for her readers, along with a healthy dose of all the trials and tribulations familiar to anyone in the throes of a quarter-life crisis. So, she’s basically everyone’s ideal BFF.

Here are four life lessons you’ll learn from Mindy Kaling’s new book.

1. Useful (and hilarious) beauty tips 

While she’s no stranger to mocking unrealistic beauty standards, Mindy shares her ultimate beauty secrets, including her go-to red carpet pose and her secret weapons when she’s sleep deprived.

2. What daily life on The Mindy Project is like

If you’ve ever wondered what Hollywood is like behind the scenes, Mindy breaks down a typical day on set and shows how much hard work goes into making it as great as it is.

3. Being liked isn’t everything

While Mindy has always acknowledged that she wants people to like her, Why Not Me? reminds us that it’s impossible to please everyone. Rather than listen to other people’s opinions, it’s much more important to focus on your relationship with yourself.

4. Persistence pays off

The Mindy Project was initially rejected by a major network, but Mindy didn’t let that get her down. She believed in her work and kept on pushing until another network welcomed the show with open arms. Mindy is living proof that perseverance will win the day.

5. How to be confident

One of her most poignant essays is on how she developed such a strong sense of confidence – and how everyone else can, too. Working hard, having courage and feeling entitled to the confidence you deserve as a result are the secret ingredients to bulletproof confidence.