I am sure you have seen this book cover at least once before. When I first came across #girlboss during a trip to Barnes and Noble, I had heard the buzz about it, but I didn’t know anything about Sophia Amoruso and I had never heard of Nasty Gal, so I was skeptical about spending my $15 on it, haha. I am a big fan of self-help books and after seeing JennIm give a raving review about it on her YouTube channel, I decided I ought to give it a second look. Coincidentally, it was gifted to me this past Christmas and I finally got around to finishing it last month.
Okay so long story short…Sophia Amoruso is the founder and owner of Nasty Gal, an online retailer, which she started in her small apartment in San Francisco back in 2006. Since then Nasty Gal has gone from a one woman operated eBay business to having been named “Fastest Growing Retailer” in 2012 by Inc. magazine. The NG headquarters is currently located in Los Angeles and two Brick and Mortar locations were recently opened in Melrose and Santa Monica within the past few years.
If you were to ask me, what did I take away from reading this book? This is what I would tell you:
- What defines success? Success can be interpreted in many different ways. Fortunately like #girlboss Sophia, she is proof that there is no “one-size fits all” road to success. What makes someone successful is their unwavering passion to grow in their profession and be happy doing what they love. So what if you don’t make 6 digits a year? Your salary should not define your success and you should never let other people define your success for you. This book is living proof that the path to success doesn’t mean following a set way of doing things-starting with getting a degree, getting a job, getting married, having kids etc. In Sophia’s case, she hated school and dropped out of community college, and to this day is often applauded by CEO’s for being such a successful business women without a college degree…why should those type of things define someone’s success?
- It’s okay to not be okay. There are many roadblocks in life and at some point you have to ask yourself, “what am I doing here and what is my purpose?”. Trust me, I have been there before and I still ask myself these questions to this day. This book has taught me to “abandon anything about my life and habits that may be holding me back”(pg 14). I have to learn to create my own opportunities no matter the situation. Actions speak louder than words and I have to work towards the lifestyle I have always dreamed of to be able to reach that one day.
- The Power of Magical Thinking. This is simply recognizing the fact that we control our thoughts and our thoughts control our lives. We all have that one negative person in our lives that complains about everything…and because of their negative energy their whole life is full of negative outcomes. The energy you put out in the world, you get back, so try to make it as positive as possible at all times. “Focus on visualizing what you want instead of getting distracted by what you don’t want, and send the universe your good intentions so that it can send them right back”(pg 118).
- Embrace all the things that make you different. In a world full of Kardashians, be you, unapologetically and proud. Had Sophia followed the trends of popular, giant retailers like Forever 21 and H&M when she started, her business probably would have failed because she would have been too busy trying to keep up with what everyone wanted instead of what she envisioned for herself. When Nasty Gal was created from her eBay store, it never crossed her mind that almost 10 years later, she would be the CEO of a $100-million-plus business with 50,000 square ft office in LA, and 350 employees.
But hey, life happens and if you find something you love and have a talent for it, you gotta hit the ground running.
Have you read the book and if so, what are your thoughts on it? P.S. If you noticed the title, I am planning on doing these monthly book reviews as a new series on my blog(called RNR) and my goal is to knock down a book a month so if you have any recommendations on good reads, please leave them down below. 🙂