I’VE BEEN CALLED THE B-WORD is a guide for any woman who seeks to achieve greatness and self-actualization in her chosen field (and no doubt many men could benefit from the advice as well). The advice given is designed to help a woman maximize her strengths (represented by positive “b-words” like “brilliant, bold, brave, bubbly, and bullheaded”, rather than the singular negative one that so many successful women hear far too often). She presents a series of thirteen rules based on her own success and that of other women who she believes exemplify professional self-actualization.
Dr. Green’s advice is generally positive and motivating, and the strategies she offers are useful, productive and substantial. Her tone is encouraging, cheerful, and supportive, giving the impression of a mentor offering a helpful hand to a new student in whom she sees substantial potential. Her rules offer a new perspective on business success, teaching readers to be true to their own personal skills and inclinations, and to seek out what they and only they can best offer, rather than to focus their actions on competing with others or filling a perceived “market niche”. The professional women she chooses to highlight come from a variety of backgrounds and professions, offering a range of possibilities. The book is well-written, and just as importantly, well-edited, giving the author a clear and accessible style.
Some of her advice seems a bit clichéd (“always give 110%”, for example), but there is a reason clichés become clichés. At times she has a tendency to sound more like a motivational speaker than someone offering clear and specific strategies. The focus on “b-words”, while a useful jumping-off point, can be overdone at times.
If you are a woman seeking more than a quiet and contented life, more than simply ordinary success in a particular field, nine-to-five or otherwise, I’VE BEEN CALLED THE B-WORD could be a valuable resource. At very least, Dr. Green offers an encouraging voice pushing you to get moving and work towards your best and most authentic goals, and that can be priceless.
Reviewed by Catherine Langrehr for IndieReader.