If you’re like me, you’ve been seeing great reviews of Sophia Amoruso’s book #GIRLBOSS for months now. You may also be like me in that you didn’t really know much about Amoruso until the book came out. The short version is that Sophia started an eBay shop selling vintage clothing called Nasty Gal (inspired by an album by Bette Davis, Miles Davis’s ex-wife), which she ran out of her home, and has since parlayed it into a company that currently has annual sales over $100 million. And Sophia is only 30.
I am not really the target customer for Nasty Gal, but, having seen some of the advice Amoruso dispenses in her book (which is, perhaps unsurprisingly, heavy on the can-do spirit and badass attitude, while also being a business book for entrepreneurs), I was interested to pick it up.
Well, I am only thirty pages in, but I am completely smitten. Just a few chapters in, I feel like I’ve already learned a fair amount about starting a business from scratch and the kind of attitude that helped Amoruso succeed in such an entrepreneurial endeavor. I have underlined big chunks of text (for instance, “I don’t want to be put on a pedestal. Anyway, I’m way too ADD to stay up there: I’d rather be making messes, and making history while I’m at it. I don’t want you to look up, #GIRLBOSS, because all that looking can keep you down. The energy you’ll expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol.”). I can tell I’m going to blaze through this book with a pen in my hand.
Have you read #GIRLBOSS? What did you think?