Sophia Amoruso's fresh, edgy part memoir part business book #GirlBoss is fierce and fun. It is a definite buy for any girl you know from late teens on, who may go into business one day.
In #GirlBoss Sophia tells her story that began with Starting an eBay Business for Dummies, and ended with a global brand. Within eight years her business Nasty Gal has sold over $100 million in new and vintage clothing, with a 65,000 square foot office in LA where she employs over 350 people. This is a tale of hardwork, taking chances, making it work, and at times wingin it. It is a thoroughly enjoyable read, fast paced, with lots of takeaway knowledge, and can be instantly applied.
Sophia believes in working hard, leaning in, rolling your sleeves up and getting on with it. Taking pride in what you do, and doing it all to the best of your ability.
Four Takeaway's from #GirlBoss I enjoyed are
- Keep Your Goals in Sight, Literally - remind yourself of what you are working for all the time, don't lose sight of your endgoals. Sophia uses her login passwords to remind her of her goals
- Small Milestones Can Add Up to a Giant Enterprise - the big is in the small, celebrate small achievements, build your brand, and use every opportunity to do so. Use social media, it is just media after all, give people value in everything
- Do the Dirty Work (as Though You’re Nose-Deep in Pine Sol) - be prepared to do everything from filing to photocopying, Sophia tells her story of literally doing everything to be successful
- Leave Your Entitled ‘Tude At the Door - do the work, whether you think it is beneath you or not
Some of my favourite quotations which just made me want to hustle - included
“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.”
“Things may come to those who wait, but only the things left by those who hustle. —Abraham Lincoln”
“There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.”
“Even with no manager watching to give me a gold star, it was important to do my best. Who cares if a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it? The tree still falls. If you believe that what you’re doing will have positive results, it will—even if it’s not immediately obvious. When you hold yourself to the same standard in your work that you do as a friend, girlfriend, student, or otherwise, it pays off.”
“It just means that your talents lie elsewhere, so take the opportunity to seek out what you are good at, and find a place where you can flourish. Once you do, you’re going to kill it.”
“It’s cool to be kind. It’s cool to be weird. It’s cool to be honest and to be secure with yourself.”
#GirlBoss is a ballsy business book for the 21st Century, with a strong narrative and personal story, which gives the impression if Sophia can do it, so can you. It will inspire anyone with a can-do attitude to really go for it. It's fast paced, easy to read, and powerful. I highly recommend you get a copy for yourself and one to give to a girlfriend who's either just starting in business or thinking about it.
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