Book Review: Hiding In The Bathroom by Morra Aarons-Mele

Book Details:

Title: Hiding In The Bathroom

Author: Morra Aarons-Mele

Publisher: Harper-Collins

Publication Date: September 26th, 2017

Genre: Self-Help, Women & Business

My Thoughts:

I am an introvert – not one that is subjected to social phobias, but if you give me the choice between staying at home, and working on my dreams versus going out to hang out in large crowds, I would stay at home.

But as a business owner, it seems that being an extrovert is what is valued the most – at least that is what it looks like on the surface. Thankfully, Mora Aarons-Mele tackles this and many other misconceptions about being a business owner and successful in your career, are tackled and dissolved in an entertaining and thorough manner in Hiding In The Bathroom.

While I do not agree with everything in the book – I especially had a problem with how she tackled the subject of anxiety, and called to turn it into an asset (clinical anxiety, and anxiety that stems of PTSD and abuse, for example, are never an asset, no matter how you twist it or package it), but most of her points are solid and have a lot of merits.

I did, however, enjoy that the Author emphasizes on creating a work environment and style that fits the individual, rather than what we expect to behave like. Tailoring productivity in spurts, for example, works well for me personally, as I have fatigue and brain fog from my chronic illnesses, but if I move away from an 8-hour workday all in one chunk, and instead work in two-hour increments, I can actually focus better, therefore produce more. This flexibility is something we as business owners can embrace to it’s fullest, and this book showcases that technique.

Another strategy that I was able to resonate with talked about being empathetic. Introverts tend to have – according to the Author – more empathy for others and are more in touch with their emotional side, which in turn can be a true asset, and with that, I completely agree. As she points out – Empathy sells.

Overall, this book, written without much fluff – which I appreciated a lot – was an easy to read, a detailed non-fiction book about a subject that needs to be addressed more often. I don’t need to agree with the entire toolbox in order to find tricks and tips that are actually helpful and to find a book worth the read. Therefore, I can without a doubt recommend Hiding In The Bathroom to you, my dear readers. 

Favorite Quote:

You can learn and practice the skills you need to achieve a version of success, that is right for you.

Book Rating:

3.5 out of 5 stars

Book Summary:

From the marketing guru and host of the popular podcast Hiding in the Bathroom, a breakthrough introverts’ guide that broadens the conversation sparked by Quiet and moves away from the “Lean In” approach, offering wisdom and practical tips to help readers build strong relationships and achieve their own definition of professional success.

Most ambitious people believe that reaching the peaks of success means being on 24/7—tirelessly networking, deal-making, and keynoting conferences. This is nonsense, says Morra Aarons-Mele. As an eminent entrepreneur with a flourishing business and a self-proclaimed introvert with lots of anxieties, Morra disagrees with the notion that there’s only one successful “type”: the intense, super social, sleep-deprived mover and shaker, the person who musters endless amounts of “grit.” Hiding in the Bathroom is her antidote for everyone who is fed up with feeling like they must always “lean in”—who prefer those moments of hiding in the bathroom to constantly climbing the ladder or working the room.

Morra knows what it takes to make your mark, and now, this entrepreneur who has boosted the online strategy of clients such as the Malala Fund, President Obama, the UN Foundation, and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation shares the insights, tricks, and knowledge she’s learned. Filled with advice, exercises to help readers evaluate their own work/life fit and manage anxiety, valuable tools, and stories of countless successful people—entrepreneurs, academics, and novices just beginning their careers—Hiding in the Bathroom empowers professionals of all ages and levels to take control and build their own versions of success. Thoughtful and practical, it is a must-have handbook for building a fantastic, prosperous career and a balanced, happy life—on your own terms.


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