Mindy Kaling’s 7 Secrets to Success

By Levo

Jun 24, 2015

Mindy Kaling’s 7 Secrets to Success

We've been given fashion advicebody inspiration, and amazing life lessons from the woman who first stole our hearts on "The Office," and most recently on "The Mindy Project." It's almost like we know her personally, since every character she plays seems so real and exactly how we imagine she would act in everyday life. She's also let us in on her personal journey in her New York Times bestseller, "Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me?" where shares anecdotes from her childhood and explains how she broke into the TV industry (we're just itching for her next book, "Why Not Me?" to come out in September — as well as her book with B.J.!).

Mindy Kaling is a true role model, and in just 36 years, she's managed to uncover a more than enough secrets to success. Here are just a few of our favorites:

1. Once you find your strengths, no one can stop you
"…sometimes you have to take destiny into your own hands. It forces you to think about what your strengths really are, and once you find them, you can showcase them, and no one can stop you." ("Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me?", 2011)

2. Never limit yourself
"I never want to be called the funniest Indian female comedian that exists. I feel like I can go head-to-head with the best white, male comedy writers that are out there. Why would I want to self-categorize myself into a smaller group than I’m able to compete in?" (New York Magazine, 2012)

3. Root for your counterparts
"You don't hear, ‘Is Will Ferrell too Steve Carell-y? Is Danny McBride too Aziz-like?' There's this mentality that there can only be one woman who is funny and running her own show and if there are more than that, you must hate each other. And, no, it’s like, I wish you could see them more." (SXSW, 2014)

4. Don't be an outsider
"I know why people are interested and I know why people want me to speak about [being a pioneer]. But I sort of refuse to be an outsider, even though I know that I very much look like one to a lot of people, and I refuse to view myself in such terms." (NPR, 2014)

5. Do be a boss
"I love women who are bosses and who don't constantly worry about what their employees think of them. I love women who don't ask, 'Is that OK?' after everything they say." (Rolling Stone, 2013)

6. It's OK to pretend
"Sometimes you just have to put on lip gloss and pretend to be psyched.” (Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me?, 2011)

7. You don’t have to be an extrovert
"I just want ambitious teenagers to know it is totally fine to be quiet, observant kids. Besides being a delight to your parents, you will find you have plenty of time later to catch up." ("Is Everyone Hanging Out With Me?", 2011)

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