“#GirlBoss? Oh, that must be a feminist manifesto!” That is literally the reaction of approximately 80 percent of the people who saw me reading this book. “Far from it,” is always my response, and if you have read the book, then you agree with me. You can perfectly switch #GirlBoss with #Boss, and it will still make perfect sense. In fact, this is the perfect read for anyone who needs encouragement to be who they want to be and do what they want to do, without blaming anyone for the struggles encountered along the way. There is so much more that this 288-page book has to offer, so much to learn, so much inspiration to draw!
I read this book for the first time early this year, and I must say that this is the first book that I found myself struggling to put down in a really long time (if ever)! Amoruso’s sense of humor is out of this world. Her insights and experiences are oh so relatable and the book is so conversational! And her rawness and realness? Let’s not even get there! I always found myself between constant nodding in agreement, a lot of giggling here and there, and occasional reaching out for my pen to underline what I felt was too deep to be left unnoticed.
This book is an oldie but goldie. I have been going back to this goldmine for the past few weeks and I decided, why not just write a short book review; that will be easier to come back to later. #GirlBoss is such a deep and vast book so I have divided this review into three parts: Journey to becoming a #Boss, Dealing with your finances, and, finally, getting onto your business and taking care of it.
Part One: Journey to becoming a #Boss
Life is short. Don’t be lazy – Sophia Amoruso
I will quote Amoruso’s definition of a #GirlBoss: Someone who is in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always on your own terms. Sophia Amoruso is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a business that she built on her own from the ground up in just seven short years and before hitting the age of thirty. It is impressive to see someone who had no mentor rising to become the owner of such a huge company through mere trial and error! In her words, “I wouldn’t want you to imagine that this happened overnight. Don’t get me wrong: I will be the first to admit that I have been fortunate in so many ways, but I must stress that none of this was an accident…” Sophia is the perfect depiction of the fact that straight and narrow is not the only way to success. She has earned so many accolades for herself: a dropout, a nomad, a thief, a shitty student, and a lazy employee; all of which she has so graciously embraced and shared with her readers.
Of all the narrations that Sophia gives, I particularly loved her Red String Theory which she uses to narrate the different perspective with which she has always held life. When she was five, Sophia got a red string and ran across the playground with it trailing behind her. When asked by the other kids what that was, she responded that it was a kite. Soon everyone had red strings, and they all ran together, with their ‘kites’ high in the sky. Bottom line? When you believe in yourself, then other people will eventually believe in you, too!
Apparently, this big company, Nasty Gal, started simply because the CEO had a hernia, and she needed money to pay for her treatment. So she started purchasing vintage outfits and selling them off on eBay. She passionately reminisces her early days to what she never imagined would eventually grow into this multimillion dollar enterprise. She tells of the way she would wake up very early to go scouring at Craigslist for the best vintage outfits, which she would then clean and iron, pair on cheaply sourced models, take pictures, and post on her eBay account.
Looking back to all the effort that she put into her business, this is what Sophia has to say, if you believe that what you are doing will have positive results, it will – even if it’s not immediately obvious. When you hold yourself to the same standard that you do as a friend, girlfriend, student, or otherwise, it pays off. I couldn’t agree more! Sophia Amoruso’s story of her journey towards becoming a #GirlBoss is one that is infused with immense passion for what she is doing, some strict discipline to stay on track, serious minding of her business, focus on being unique, and some special kind of stubbornness; understanding that you do not get what you don’t ask for. Unless you are born the child of a billionaire, work is something we all have to do. So, make it something you enjoy, because bored is not a #GirlBoss’ natural state. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish.
At the end of it all, what I can draw from this book, as far as the journey to becoming #Boss is concerned, is that we are all destined for, and capable of something bigger than our failures. Only that you don’t find that bigger purpose, you create it! 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… And prepare to have a bomb of a lot of fun along the way!
Once again, Life is short. Don’t be lazy!
Love and Light.