When 2018 started I vowed to read more books, I failed. There was however one book that caught my eye and kept my attention lol, Girl boss by Sophia Amoruso.
Sophia is a 34-year-old power house. At the age of 22 she started her online vintage clothing business Nasty Gal which later on grew to become one of “the fastest growing companies” by Inc. Magazine in 2012. In 2017 she started Girl Boss Media, a media house that produces content and hosts events aimed at empowering women.
The book, Girl Boss, is about her life from when she was a young girl to how she became a budding entrepreneur.
What I love the most about the book is 1. It’s not that long (I’m really not a big reader but I’m working on it) and 2. How raw it is.
The book is written in a very real and relatable way. Not all perfect and proper.
Sophia’s journey however is what stands out the most. For someone who has achieved what she has you would never think she started where she did. No, I don’t mean she has a rags to riches story but rather her journey. She was the different one. The misunderstood one. She didn’t even understand herself at some points and she never had a plan on what she wanted to do or who she wanted to be.
A lot of times successful people always seem to have always known where they’re headed though they may not know how they’re gonna get there.
You have to read this book. Aside from telling her life story she gives practical, actionable advice for entrepreneurs, business owners and employees. From your CV to dealing with rejection. She covers it all.
As you would know by now I’m a quotes girl so here are a few quotes I loved from the book:
“No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be”
“Naturally, every boyfriend comes with an ex-girlfriend, every business comes with competitors, but it is entirely up to you to decide how much time you spend thinking about them.”
“If you’re frustrated because you’re not getting what you want, stop for a second: Have you actually flat-out asked for it? If you haven’t, stop complaining. You can’t expect the world to read your mind. You have to put it out there, and sometimes putting it out there is as simple as just saying, “Hey, can I have that?”
“What all of these jobs taught me is that you have to be willing to tolerate some shit you don’t like—at least for a while. This is what my parents’ generation would call “character building,” but I prefer to call it “#GIRLBOSS training.” I didn’t expect to love any of these jobs, but I learned a lot because I worked hard and grew to love things about them.”
“learned early on the motto “Know thyself.” I think if you have a unique point of view and stay relevant and authentic, you will make an impression. You have to be excited and passionate about your ideas to make them work.”
“Your challenge as a #GIRLBOSS is to dive headfirst into things without being too attached to the results. When your goal is to gain experience, perspective, and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility. Failure is your invention. I believe that there is a silver lining in everything, and once you begin to see it, you’ll need sunglasses to combat the glare. It is she who listens to the rest of the world who fails, and it is she who has enough”