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TLC Nonfiction Review: Brilliance Beyond Borders

Title: Brilliance Beyond Borders: Remarkable Women Leaders Share the Power of Immigrace
Author: Chinwe Esimai
Year published: 2022
Category: Adult non-fiction
Pages: 272 pages
Rating: 4 out of 5

Location: (my 2022 Google Reading map)USA

SummaryWhat if the traditional narrative about immigrant women–that those who come to the United States will succeed as long as they work hard, stay focused, and have supportive families–is a lie?

Of the 73 million women in the US workforce, 11.5 million are foreign-born. The truth is–even in the midst of headlines and political debates about immigration reform and in the wake of MeToo and other female-centric movements–millions of immigrants, especially women, aren’t living their fullest potential.

Based on her personal experience and the stories of trailblazing women from around the world and in diverse industries, author Chinwe Esimai shares five indispensable traits that make an ocean of difference between immigrants who live as mere shadows of their truest potential and those who find purpose and fulfillment–what Chinwe refers to as their immigrace:
  • Saying yes to your immigrace, an immigrant woman’s expression of her highest purpose and potential
  • Daring to play in the big leagues
  • Transforming failure
  • Embracing change and blending differences
  • Finding joy and healing
These five traits are the foundation of the Brilliance Blueprint, a step-by-step guide to help readers achieve to their own extraordinary results and build their own remarkable legacies.

Review: I wasn't sure what this book was going to be like and it really isn't my type of read. So, I am wondering why I said yes to being on the tour. 🤣 That said, the women highlighted in this book really are interesting and impressive and I like the idea that we are all geniuses in our own right.

The women featured in this book are all immigrants to the US, are successful in their fields, and they each talk about how they've made it, the struggles they've faced (both personally and professionally), and what attitudes have helped them succeed. Here are some highlights for me.

Paola Prestini--composer and musician. She emphasizes taking in advice, but making sure that you don't "follow in someone else's footsteps." Rather, take the experience of others and mold it in a way that works for you.

Hsing-Ay Hsu--pianist and educator. Hsu wrote about the myth of perfection and how listening to others and having difficult conversations has helped her succeed. This is all big for me.

Nnedi Ifudu Nweke--international trade lawyer. Nweke's message is a good one: meritocracy (working hard will lead to success) isn't what works for the majority of us. We need to master soft skills and be authentically ourselves.

Albania Rosario--Fashion designer and CEO. Rosario's message rang especially true for me. Be resourceful means knowing when you don't know something, but figure out how to get it/learn it/get the answers. And, expect to fail... and fail again.

Challenges for which this counts:  
  • Nonfiction--Published in 2022
  • Pop Sugar--Something I know nothing about

Tour schedule:

Tuesday, February 15th: @glendaofalltime

Tuesday, February 15th: @diariesofabibliophile

Wednesday, February 16th: @openbookbyleila

Wednesday, February 16th: @as_seen_in_life

Thursday, February 17th: @nurse_bookie

Friday, February 18th: @suethebookie

Tuesday, February 22nd: @booknerdkat

Wednesday, February 23rd: @purrfectpages

Wednesday, February 23rd: @welovebigbooksandwecannotlie

Thursday, February 24th: @karendeeandabc

Thursday, February 24th: @wonderousreads

Friday, February 25th: Helen’s Book Blog

Friday, February 25th: @chill_jilland_read

Monday, February 28th: @bookdragon217

Tuesday, March 1st: @colesbooknook

Wednesday, March 2nd: @readingwithmrsleaf

Thursday, March 3rd: @bookitqueen

Friday, March 4th: @mrsboomreads

Monday, March 14th: 5 Minutes for Books

Tuesday, March 15th: Girl Who Reads

Wednesday, March 16th: @shobizreads

Thursday, March 17th: Bibliotica

Sunday, March 20th: Subakka.bookstuff Blog and @subakka.bookstuff

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