It is well into March and to everyone’s surprise, especially my own, I have continued on my New Year’s Resolution to read more books. I have flown through novels, a poetry anthology, and lots of business books in 2017’s first three months. The business books have included, “Leave Your Mark” by Aliza Licht, “7 Habits of Highly Effective People” by Stephen Covey, and “The Business of Being Social” by Michelle Carvill & David Taylor. All of them were extremely interesting reads and have been or eventually will be reviewed on this blog, but none has been as truly motivating as “#GIRLBOSS.” For years, I have seen people hashtagging GIRLBOSS on LinkedIn, Twitter, Facebook and even Instagram and not really understanding what it was all about. Eventually, the title popped up on my suggested reads on Amazon and I knew it had to be my next read. So what is #GIRLBOSS all about?
At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS.
This book made me want to walk with a purpose and take names. Sophia is motivating, not because she is naturally gifted at fashion (Which she is. You won’t catch me thinking I can start a fashion eBay store anytime soon), but because she works hard and hasn’t stopped. She realizes what it takes to start a business from nothing. She can do every job in a company but hires capable employees and leaves them to get their job done. One of my favorite stories from the book was when Sophia, as the CEO of this huge company, came in on Thanksgiving night and helped ship out all the orders for Black Friday. Impressive!
Obviously, I could tell so many other stories and great advice from this book, but then why would you have to read it?! So go on google or amazon or your local library’s website and get Sophia Amoruso’s “#GIRLBOSS.” You won’t be disappointed.
5 KEY TIPS FROM #GIRLBOSS
1. “When you believe in yourself, other people believe in you, too” -SA
I completely agree with this one and pretty much matches my number one philosophy in business, “Fake It til You Make It.”
2. “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?’” -SA
This is truly a problem that most women have, in business and in our personal lives. We think people under our thoughts. We all want something. We want to make more money or get more respect or be in a relationship. GUESS WHAT?! Demand it! Hold yourself to the standard that you strive for. Let me know what you want then go out and get it.
3. “What’s beautiful about it is that if you love yourself enough, you don’t need the validation from anyone else” – Leandra Medine
Leandra Medine from Man Repeller made a short appearance in the book. SA had many other #GIRLBOSSes do short essays about their experiences. This quote is extremely important to us Millennials that we think that every small thing we do should come with a round of applause and a participation trophy. But in the real world, THAT DOESN’T HAPPEN. We need to learn that getting a job done that we have pride in is the only validation we need.
4. “Compete with yourself. Be your own idol” -SA
I love what Forbes.com has to say about this idea, “Simply, it is essential to set personal goals and be persistent (read: stubborn) on your road to achieving them. Revisit your goals, have your plan, execute, and repeat. It is a waste of time to compare your hustle or success to anyone’s but your own!”
5. “Never let go of your appetite to go after new ideas, new experiences, and new adventures. Compete with yourself, not with others. Judge yourself on what is your personal best and you’ll accomplish more than you could ever have imagined. Life stops for no one, so keep moving.” -SA
It speaks for itself. Work Hard. Stay Hungry.
GO OUT & ROCK IT FUTURE #GIRLBOSS!
HEY LAZY PEOPLE *Correction* resourceful PEOPLE!
Sources: Good Reads & Forbes.com