I just recently finished reading this bestseller book called #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso, the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, a popular online retailer that sells clothes, shoes, and accessories to an army of young women who refer to themselves, unsurprisingly, as nasty gals. Amoruso described the book title #Girlboss as an adjective (with a sodding hashtag) which means “someone who is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”
The book is both about her life story as a hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and shoplifting young adult who turned her life around and became a fashion entrepreneur whose company had $100 million in revenue in 2013, –a ton of money considering that no one older than 35 or male seems to have heard of it– and a guide book to female empowerment.
I must say, among the glut of leadership books featuring paunchy old men in power suits, #Girlboss is a refreshing addition and has a shot of standing out. But I will not recommend this to anyone over the age of 30 years old because based on what I understand after reading this book, its mission is to empower those slightly rebellious twenty-something girls (or younger) paying $100 for Nasty Gal crop tops and sheer paneled dresses. Older women have probably heard or learned by themselves some of Amoruso’s life lesson, they might just find #Girlboss so vexing. But for teenagers and twenty-something like me, I’ll say, get a copy! If you’re not convinced yet, below are some of the things I learned from the book in Sophia Amoruso’s own words:
1. No matter where you are in life, you’ll save time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you… You is who you is, so get used to it.
2. Abandon anything about your life and habits that might holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities.
3. When you believe in yourself, other people will believe in you too.
4. Focus on positive things in your life and you’ll be shocked at how many more positive things start happening.
5. If you’re not finding something interesting, then you’re probably not looking hard enough.
On Being an Entrepreneur and Handling your Finances
6. It takes a special kind of stubbornness to succeed as an entrepreneur.
7. Learning how to control your finances is one of the most important things you’ll ever do.
8. Treat your savings account just like another bill. It has to be paid every month or there are consequences.
9. You don’t get what you don’t ask for.
10. Great entrepreneurs are like Indiana Jones: They take leaps before seeing the bridge because they know that if they don’t, someone else will get the Holy Grail.
11. Compromise is just a part of life. We all, at some point, find ourselves directly or indirectly supporting something we disagree with.
12. If you don’t thrive on going out and meeting people, you might end up feeling that you have less of a chance of getting ahead in your career.
13. Reach out, make friends, [and] build trust.
On Style and Attitude
14. You can have a ton of money and buy yourself all the designer goods you can stuff into the trunk of your Mercedes Benz, but no amount of money can buy you style.
15. Having good style takes thought, creativity, confidence, self-awareness, even sometimes, a little bit of work.
16. Being mean won’t make you cool, being rich won’t make you cool, and having the right clothes, while it may help, won’t make you cool.
17. Confidence is more attractive than anything you could put on your body.
And my most favorite advice…
18. Have fun and keep it weird.