Thursday Book Talk: #GIRLBOSS

I have seen this book floating around being read by other bloggers, and even though I have never bought anything from Nasty Gal, I was intrigued to read #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, the Founder and CEO of the brand. I had to know what made a girl a #GIRLBOSS. And let me tell you, she is it. Her story is quite amazing how she started the company and cultivated it to what it is today. I love reading autobiographies, and this is part bio part advice for being the #GIRLBOSS that can be applied to basically any occupation or life in general. She gets very real, and delves into her life before the company. I loved reading how she got a job in an art school lobby just so she could have insurance to fix a hernia. From that lobby, she started her eBay store and worked extremely hard to bring it to an efficient and booming fashion website. Furthermore, she did it without any debt (she explains she couldn’t get a loan, but still that’s pretty huge!) She is very inspiring, and what I love is how she emphasizes kindness and humility while also encouraging leadership decisions that is good for her overall company. She gives advice as to how to hire, fire, and keep your job, as well as, how to grow and maintain a business.

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Here are some of the quotes from her book I found particularly inspiring:

On “the art of the ask” as it applies to money (or really anything in life): “You don’t get what you don’t ask for… 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 a simple as just saying, ‘Hey, can I have that?’”

As an opener for her chapter on fashion: “Let Your Fashion Freak Flag Fly.” Side note: I love this because it reminds me of a quote from one of my favorite movies, The Family Stone, in which Luke Wilson tells Sarah Jessica Parker that she has a freak flag, but she just doesn’t fly it.

On introverts in leadership positions: “Even though introverts might keep quiet during meetings, they have several tendencies that actually come in handy in the world of business: They make fewer risky financial decisions…, are more persistent when faced with a problem that isn’t easily solvable, and can also be very creative.”

On failure: “When your foal is to gain experience, perspective, and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility. Failure is your invention.”

From her “Portrait of a #GIRLBOSS” portions: “Celebrate when there’s something to celebrate. Take pride in what you do. Don’t do sloppy work. Be the best. Have something original and special to offer that makes people’s lives better.” –Alexi Wasser, IMBOYCRAZY.com and “Everything you have control over in your world should feed that dream and make you feel like a #GIRLBOSS.” –Christene Barberich, Refinery29 Editor in Chief

After I finished reading, I went to her website and found several items that I need to have, yet can’t afford at the moment…so sad. This book is easy and fun to read, and you’ll finish feeling like you’re the #GIRLBOSS of whatever you do!

Who all has read #GIRLBOSS??

~Jess

 

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