“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.”
― Sophia Amoruso, #GIRLBOSS
Calling all girl bosses!!!! If you haven’t read #GIRLBOSS yet, you need to. Written by Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso, this book is takes us on the journey of Sophia starting what grew to be one of the most popular e-commerce fashion sites. I loved this book and have read it several times. As a young women who with an entrepreneurial spirit, I really related to Sophia and her story. This is not your traditional business, it’s more to inspire the hustle in you and show that all paths are not the same.
Officially described by Barnes and Noble as:
"In the New York Times bestseller that the Washington Post called "Lean In for misfits," Sophia Amoruso shares how she went from dumpster diving to founding one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.
Sophia Amoruso spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and scrounging in dumpsters for leftover bagels. By age twenty-two she had dropped out of school, and was broke, directionless, and checking IDs in the lobby of an art school— a job she’d taken for the health insurance. It was in that lobby that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay.Flash forward ten years to today, and she’s the founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal, a $250-million-plus fashion retailer with more than four hundred employees. Sophia was never a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she’s written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is windy as all hell and lined with naysayers. #GIRLBOSS proves that being successful isn’t about where you went to college or how popular you were in high school. It’s about trusting your instincts and following your gut; knowing which rules to follow and which to break; when to button up and when to let your freak flag fly."
Fortune favors action
This was my favorite takeaway. Hard work is what leads to success. Nothing supersedes hard work. Its more important to take action and work hard than to just think about it, fantasize, and wait on luck.
“Bad bitches are taking over the world.”
The girl power running this book is so strong. There are so many stories of women who started businesses in so many industries. It was really inspiring to see all these women's journeys to success.
Tweak and grow
I’m a firm believer in having a plan and a vision for where you want to grow but this book really stresses the importance of tweaking your plan as you go. There is a lot to learn in the process and many times the plan for your business has to change and it is important to be able to do that.
There is no one size fits all
Sophia did not take the traditional route to entrepreneurship. She didn’t go to business school or start with a perfect plan for success but still was able to build a multi-million dollar business. There is no straight path to success. We can all make it, no matter the starting point.
“Money looks better in the bank than on your feet.”
“The #GIRLBOSS who is willing to do a job that is below her—and above—is the one who stands out. Above, you ask? Yes. Sometimes you’ll find an opportunity to step in when your boss is out, or just swamped, and show your worth. You’re as smart as she is, anyway, so figure it out as you go and make it look like child’s play. It’s that attitude, and behavior, that will get you ahead.
“It’s the age-old concept of like attracts like, or the law of attraction. You get back what you put out, so you might as well think positively, focus on visualizing what you want instead of getting distracted by what you don’t want, and send the universe your good intentions so that it can send them right back.”
In closing READ THIS BOOK!
Have you read #GIRLBOSS? What were some of your key takeaways?