I have owned #Girlboss for little under a year, have read it twice and could happily read it twice more.
#Girlboss is one of those kick ass, inspiring female books that makes you want to chase your dreams till you can’t run anymore. Sophia Amoruso, #Girlboss author, started Nasty Gal as a hobby from her bedroom, using Ebay to sell unique vintage items of clothing. Fast forward ten years, and she is now the CEO of a $100m plus business with over 350 employees. There are of course a lot of details missing from this (which are covered in the book) and Sophia’s success by no means happened overnight. But she uses #Girlboss to illustrate that you can make your dreams come true if you are willing to put in the hard work and make that commitment to yourself.
I love being able to say that something has put a fire in my belly, and #Girlboss has done just that. It motivated me to stop talking about my love of writing and just start bloody writing. I don’t want to be so nauseating to say that #Girlboss spoke to me, but it definitely stirred something up. So, I’ve come up with seven reasons why you need to get down to your local bookshop and buy this beauty.
1. It’s raw and real
What I love about #Girlboss is that it’s real. Whilst Sophia Amoruso is now a multimillionaire and one of the world’s most successful women, she’s not afraid to talk about her life when she was at the opposite scale. She starts the book by explaining that she created Nasty Gal to pay for treatment for a hernia when she was jobless in her early twenties. She also stole, rebelled against what she saw as the corporate machine and admits her life could have taken a very different and much darker path had she not thrown everything into Nasty Gal. I guess you could say she’s going back to her roots and by showing that she made mistakes in the early days, Sophia Amoruso is so much more relatable and human.
2. It advocates there’s no one path for success
“I’m telling my story to remind you that the straight and narrow is not the only path to success.” Whilst Sophia discusses here about how she’s been ‘a dropout, a nomad, a thief, a shitty student and a lazy employee,’ I love her main message that there’s no one path to success. That you don’t have to follow the crowd and you can carve out your own future differently, provided you’re willing to invest the time and energy in yourself.
3. Sophia gives AMAZING money advice (so amazing that I couldn’t choose one example)
“Money looks better in the bank than on your feet.” Sophia advocates building up your savings rather than spending cash as soon as it comes in. She suggests thinking of your savings like a bill that has to be paid every month, so once you’ve put money into your savings, forget about it and don’t touch it.
“When you treat your possessions as emblems of your hard work, they inherit a meaning that transcends the objects themselves.” I LOVE THIS and have experienced it myself. After my first three months of work, I bought myself a shiny Macbook Air. It made me so ridiculously happy, not because of what I’d bought, but the fact that it was a product of months of hard work and the money that I had earned.
“Don’t live like an SEO when you’re still a sandwich artist.” You’ve got your pay check and are thinking of all the possible things that you can buy. That’s great, go crazy if you want, but it’s important to live within your means. If you can’t afford it, or it’s going to make things difficult for the other 30 days of the month, don’t buy it.
4. It motivates you to chase your dreams NOW
Sophia Amoruso seriously needs a separate book dedicated to all of her amazing quotes from #Girlboss. Another one of my favourites is “fortune favours the bold who get shit done.” This basically means that if you work hard, be proactive and commit to yourself, things will go right for you. BUT Sophia makes it clear that you haven’t just “got lucky” because you’ve worked hard and have ultimately made your own magic.
5. She constantly encourages you to be yourself
I don’t want to use the phrase “don’t care what people think of you,” because although this is what Sophia is saying, it’s a lot easier said than done. Throughout the book, Sophia talks about how she breaks the rules – Chapter 7 is even called ‘I am the Anti Fashion’ – and this is about accepting your differences and allowing yourself to stand out from the crowd. Or if you want to merge into the crowd, that’s ok too. As long as you’re being yourself and you’re comfortable in your own skin.
6. She gives realistic advice from an employer
Towards the end of the book, Sophia states “employers don’t have the time to court you, so you had better romance the hell out of them.” By this, she means don’t just sit back and wait for your dream job to land in your lap, because nine times out of ten, it’s never that easy. You’ve got to show the boss just why they should employ you. In what seems as little as a simple email, your passion, enthusiasm and hunger for what you do should shine through.
7. It’s about having fun along the way
Sophia never started Nasty Gal with the intention of creating her own business empire. She even admits that her younger self wouldn’t have pursued Nasty Gal had she known how successful, or how much work, it would have been. When talking about her success, Sophia states “when you begin with the finish line in mind, you miss all the fun stuff along the way, The better approach is to tweak and grow, tweak and grow. I call it the incremental potential.” This is yet another reason why I adore this book. It’s important to have goals, but you need to allow time to enjoy the ride and gradually grow in order learn and ultimately stay happy and healthy.
Have you read #Girlboss? What inspired you the most?