So I know this book has been out for a really long time, but it is a book I wanted to review and share with all of you because it is one of the books I turn to whenever I need inspiration. And with my recent venture into starting own editing business (services page can be found here), I feel like I need this book more than ever to keep me from giving up.
For those who aren’t familiar with Sophia Amoruso, she is the founder of Nasty Gal, a company she started as an eBay business and grew into a multi million dollar company. She did it all through hard work, determination, and without any debt or prior business experience. If you’ve ever been on Netflix and come across the show called Girlboss, that is the show based off this book. She has done so much more since then, but I want to focus on the book in this post.
#GIRLBOSS is a biography/business/inspirational book. Honestly, I just find Sophia to be an inspirational person because she never gives up no matter what life throws her way, and I feel we could all learn from that. As someone who is naturally goes towards pessimistic thoughts and feeling like giving up, I really need to learn to squash those thoughts and feelings! I think one of my favorite things about this book is that it’s honest and thoughtful. The tips Sophia gives in this book are about trusting our instincts, following our guts, playing to our strengths, and more. This book is all about staying true to yourself while learning to adapt for certain situations.
I also love how she shares stories from other Girlbosses in this book, so we’re getting advice from other successful women as well. I wish I would have discovered this book younger in life (I think I was about twenty-six or twenty-seven when I discovered this book) because I feel it would have made a difference in my life. So I absolutely recommend it for teenage girls and young women as inspiration. This books shows that hard work, determination, and being yourself can pay off.
Being a #GIRLBOSS is about being true to yourself, creativity, determination, hard work, and instinct. It’s not about being the most popular girl in high school or having gone to a prestigious college. While those things are great, Sophia proves they aren’t key factors to being successful. There is nothing wrong with wanting to pursue an education, so go to college if that’s the choice you want to make! But back that degree up with hard work because nothing in life can be accomplished if you’re not willing to work for it.
Though some of her methods prove to be unconventional and I don’t condone stealing (please don’t pick up that lesson, Sophia shares an experience with stealing that made her quit cold turkey. Stealing isn’t worth the negative impact it can on your future), the biggest take away from this book is that we’re not all meant to follow the same path and that the world needs what we have to offer it. If we don’t try, we immediately fail. If we wait, someone else will write that novel we’ve had in mind for years or create that product we made a prototype of. We can’t wait and neither can the world. So it’s better to try and fail then to just sit back and hope for success.
I’m going to be completely transparent for a moment- So far I’ve had no luck with my editing services business. I don’t know if it’s the way I’m coming across, if I’m not promoting it enough, if I don’t have enough experience, etc, and it’s making my Imposter Syndrome flare up hardcore. Have I thought about calling it quits? Yes I have. Am I going to quit? No I’m not. Why won’t I quit? Because quitting is failure and takes away my chance of succeeding. So I am going to keep trying and hope that eventually it pays off. So thank you Sophia for giving me the inspiration and the courage to keep going no matter what.
Have any of you ever read this book or watched the show? Is it on your TBR pile or on your to watch list? I would love to know! I hope everyone has a successful week in wherever or whatever aspect of your life you need it in!
I wish I could offer you some advice about your business, but I definitely don’t have the entrepreneurial mindset or knowledge.
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