#GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso [x]
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 aspirational book doesn’t patronize young women the way many business experts do. Amoruso shows readers how to channel their passion and hard work, while keeping their insecurities from getting in the way. She offers straight talk about making your voice heard and doing meaningful work.
She’s proof that you can be a huge success without giving up your spirit of adventure or distinctive style. As she writes, “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”
I know I’m late to the party but I really wanted to make up my mind about this book because there has been so much hype over the last few months. I’m not particularly a big fan of Nasty Gal, it’s not really what I’m looking for in clothes, but Sophia Amoruso’s journey is nonetheless respectable and interesting. I have a lot of admiration for people who go for their dream job and start their own business.
So, did it live up to my expectations? Well, not entirely. You know how a self-help book can boost your confidence and make you feel like you can actually turn your life around and take a big leap on whatever’s on your mind? This book did not do that for me and I think you shouldn’t be mistaken. At times yes, it can be a bit empowering and make you want to be a #Girlboss, but everyone is different and I think that if Sophia’s personality helped her being the woman she is now, it may not be the case for everybody or at least, not in the same way.
But what struck me the most was how she is kind of rude to people who aren’t as ambitious as she is. Hey, not everybody is made to run a company, and I think that’s okay as long as you’re comfortable with where you are. Anyway, I may sound a little bitter but I did enjoy the book, I just didn’t agree with her ideas sometimes. I loved hearing her story that was quite down to earth and enjoyed her tips about cover letters, interviews, and resumes. It’s not very common to get those insights from the boss’ point of view.
Have you read #GIRLBOSS already? Did you find it empowering and inspiring?