Book Review - #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
If you feel you need someone to tell you you're not alone in your business or work woes, this is a humourous and real world example in a book. Sophia Amoruso is Founder and CEO (but also creative director) of Nasty Gal, which started off as a tiny eBay store trying to be unique for it's customers.
Amoruso takes us through her journey from getting any job that would include health insurance to get some treatment she couldn't afford, to investing in stock and staff faster than her warehouses could cope. I found myself giggling out loud at several point in this book and over a couple of train trips to London, have devoured the book very quickly - so that means it's an easy read!
Even if you don't own your own business there's still lots of tips and ideas to take away to your workplace or future projects. The quote on the front from Lena Dunham says "#girlboss is more than a book... #girlboss is a movement" and I get where she's coming from. It's more an ethos in working and ways of being, rather than cold hard suggestions, but as The New York Magazine explains it's for those starting out, as an earlier read alternative to Sandberg's Lean In.
The only downside was that by the end of it, I was really sick of thinking "hashtag girlboss" to myself.
My Favourite Bits
First off I have to point out the epic chapters! Short easy to find and had fantastic titles and next to each title page, a lovely pen drawing of a #Girlboss in action. Then within each section there's portraits of a #girlboss Amoruso knows, so you get extra perspectives and ideas! Great stuff!
"A #Girlboss is someone who's in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it." She also then describes how "shitty jobs saved my life" and I totally related to that. I've always said shitty jobs give you strength and life skills no cushy job ever can, and if you're lucky enough to now be running your own business like me, I'd hope you learn from these and treat your staff well!!
Then a big "hell-yeah!" to the "failure is your invention" section where Amoruso quotes...
"Life isn't about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself" ~ Geroge Bernard Shaw
And my ultimate relevant section right now is the penultimate chapter on being creative and how to "Own your Style like you own your second Hand Car" and this quote is beautiful...
"When you don't dress like everyone else, you don't have to think like everyone else". ~ Iris Apfel
One Line Review
One badass woman's story about her road to becoming a multi-billion dollar successful business, with relatable and useful stories.
Type of book - Paperback
Sourced from - Gift
Genre - Non-Fiction, Business, Entrepreneurs, Female Lead
Stars out of 5 – 4