I’ve been making a concerted effort to read more business books lately. Luckily, my office has a great library full of some of the top books for marketing professionals, leaders and general professionals, so when #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso came in, I knew I had to read it.
#GIRLBOSS is primarily a memoire about Sophia’s life — from her teenage years full of hitchhiking, petty theft and dumpster diving, to her business’s early days on eBay, to where Sophia is today: founder of online clothing retailer Nasty Gal, a $250 million+ brand. But, combined with numerous blunt tips about how she achieved her success, I’d say the book is equal parts self-help/business.
Overall, I loved this book. It was one of those books I read cover to cover in one sitting. I knew of Sophia and Nasty Gal prior to picking up the book (that was actually a lot of the reason I wanted to read it), but I became a serious fan after reading it!
First, I love Sophia’s overall story and her honestly throughout the book — she doesn’t sugarcoat her past, and that past certainly is different than many others who have achieved her level of success. That said, she also doesn’t tell her story like it’s a Cinderella story. She reiterates throughout the book how much hard work went in to building Nasty Gal. It’s a really real portrayal of scraping by to build a business through all stages of its growth…even if she never anticipated it would get so big!
Her advice for Millennials like herself (and me) is dead on. Many of the things she says in the book had me screaming, “Yes!” throughout. In my role, I see the good and bad of our generation, and it seems Sophia’s experience has been similar. To quote her, “You’re not a special snowflake.” Success takes serious work, and real life doesn’t come with participation trophies. You have to be willing to dig in and get your hands dirty, put in the hours and bust your ass for all the success you’re hoping to achieve. I love how #GIRLBOSS had this sentiment as a recurring theme throughout!
Overall, I would highly encourage all the aspiring #GIRLBOSSes out there to read this book. The story is great, the writing is witty, and the message is one that anyone hoping to achieve any level of success in their career needs to understand.
Did have you read #GIRLBOSS? What did you think?