If you pass any woman on the street, chances are there is more to her than meets the eye. One thing I find very unique about women is our very own story. I am not talking about the stories that appeal to the outer universe or even the labels that somehow become the narratives of our lives but stories that are hidden deep down within one’s own experiences. I believe that every single girl in the world has a story that needs to be heard above all of the noise. NastyGal founder Sophia Amoruso reminded me of this while spending this last week reading her book #GIRLBOSS. I found the book whilst shopping for leisure reads and couldn’t resist the peachy color and stylish cover photography. I polished off a couple of chapters of #GIRLBOSS and was immediately hooked.
Having started my first clothing line in my twenties and later opening and then quickly closing my first boutique (failure is merely a lesson to better prepare you for the future!), #GIRLBOSS was fit for the occasion as I navigate in and out of the office trenches and into business ownership.
Sophia Amoruso shares with readers her journey to owning a multi-million dollar clothing company from its infancy. Quotes like, “when you believe in yourself, other people will believe in you too” strike a harmonious chord for girls needing that extra confidence to grab life by the cojones and take some risks. After all, owning a business inherently assumes risk but, before anyone else can hop aboard the money train, you must believe in you. Business ownership is not for everyone, and Sophia makes this very clear early on in the book.
Aspiring fashionistas and future entrepreneurs will enjoy reading about Sophia’s phases in fashion as well as her stints working hourly jobs before discovering success as a vintage eBay seller. The fashion mogul shares humorous stories and cringe-worthy moments that almost any girl, at any age can relate to. One thing that readers will take away is that hard work, dedication, and persistence almost always pays and does so with handsome rewards. Readers, who may feel stuck in boring 9-5 jobs or low paying hourly positions will learn to appreciate any experiences gained in such areas that will contribute to growth in larger opportunities down the line. Sophia, who affectionately refers to her readers and fans as #GIRLBOSS, gives an unapologetic view of her life as a fashion mogul and does not bite her tongue when it comes to giving all perspectives of the experience.
In between famous quotes and visits with other powerful women in business, Sophia shares lighthearted anecdotes sprinkled with a couple of expletives here and there. In regards to entrepreneurship, Sophia serves it up to readers straight-up without any fluff. The book is an entertaining read that will keep you focused, determined, and inspired to reach your goals.
“While everyone wishes to be a self-made millionaire, self-made millionaires do not make their money alone” – MissGlitter
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