Book Review: Dream Big. Hustle Hard. A Millennial Woman’s Guide to Success in Tech

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Title: Dream Big. Hustle Hard. A Millennial Woman’s Guide to Success in Tech
Author: Abadesi Osunsade
Reviewed by: Ngowari Diminas, Founder CAFEW


Book cover - Dream Big. Hustle Hard


As soon as I saw the title of the book Dream Big. Hustle Hard, I became very inquisitive to read it. I like the way the author starts out with pointing out the importance of finding you. Identifying that you need to be responsible for determinining key strategies about your path to success is important. I got really excited with the fact that the author began sharing her personal experience on the journey through education and work experience as well as the fact that family was highly influential in the decision-making process.


“Success is Subjective…”

There is absolutely nothing like reading a book you can very much relate to because it reminds one about one’s experiences. A quote that has been on my mind which I totally agree with is:

Success is subjective. It’s up to you as an individual to create your own standard of success to hold yourself accountable to.”

The greatest thing any woman can do is to get used to being accountable for every step towards her dream or on the path of her hustle.


Abadesi Osunsade - Dream Big. Hustle Hard Author
Abadesi Osunsade, Author, ‘Dream Big, Hustle Hard: A Millennial Woman’s Guide to Success in Tech


I understand what it feels like to be pressured by family to study what they like or what looks prestigious just to make one’s family happy because many of us have experienced this one way or another. I like the way the author explains that burning hunger to do something different, even after achieving a lot by all standards. This book is detailed enough to show the importance of that work-life balance and emphasizes the importance of applying great wisdom to the choices you make.


The Importance of Work Experience

Often times, I have met young women who relax while in school, waiting to first graduate before they get any work experience. I am glad this book is emphatic on the importance of participating, even if it is in school associations, in order to get some form of experience. It also mentions seeking out internship positions and learning actively during that time. Doing this gives you an idea about the real world work/business environment, roles, responsibilities and attendant issues.


Dream Big. Hustle Hard book review


What intrigues me the most about this book, is the detail with which the author recollects offices she went to, people she met and the feelings she had while embarking on the journey. What I like most is the emphasis on personal fulfilment. Being able to chase your own vision and not anyone else’s. Another quote I really appreciate is:

“To be successful in any role you need to be motivated by the work, and to be motivated by the work you need to understand what the work involves and what is required of you to do it.”


I Recommend Dream Big. Hustle Hard …

Finally, I highly recommend reading this book as a guide to relating with real life experience. Also for tips on how to strategize or re-strategize properly to achieve success in tech through consistent hard work regardless of the challenges you encounter.


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Ngowari Diminas is a project engineer at TransCanada. She is also the founder of CAFEW (Connecting all Female Engineers Worldwide) an online community that offers support for female engineers around the world.

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