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Review: How #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso Got My Lazy Butt Back to Work

on May 19, 2014

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Confessional time: I’ve been in a self-proclaimed “blogging slump” for the past month, or maybe longer. Every time I sit down to write a new post, I can practically hear my brain whining, “I don’t know what to write about. None of my ideas are sticking… every idea is boring once I get started on it.” Clearly, it was time for an intervention, but I had no idea it would come in the form of #GIRLBOSS, written by Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso. While #GIRLBOSS is largely promoted as an autobiographical account of Amoruso’s rise from a small Ebay store to Nasty Gal as it is today, the book is so much more than that. It’s a comforting hug, a reassuring, “You’re awesome, you can achieve whatever the hell you want,” while simultaneously kicking you in the ass to actually get to work. The excerpt below, written in chapter one, perfectly sums up what I mean:

“See, here’s the thing about being a #GIRLBOSS – it’s not easy. It takes a lot of hard work to get there, and then once you arrive, it takes even more hard work to stay there. But then, who’s scared of hard work? I sure as hell am not, and I’m sure you aren’t either. Or, if you are, I’m sure this book will change your mind so that by the end of the last chapter you’ll be practically screaming, ‘Where is some work?! I want some work and I want to do it now!’”

When Sophia wrote this, she wasn’t kidding. It seems she doesn’t ever kid about the important shit in life, in fact. Taken aback by her infectious, passionate, hard-working attitude, I’m sitting in front of the computer minutes after finishing the book, writing this long overdue blog post.

 

Quote from GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Amoruso’s narratives are divided into chapters with themes – for example, her sordid past as a shoplifter, or “how shitty jobs saved her life,” included with (of course!) the entire history of Nasty Gal from small Ebay beginnings. For wannabe Nasty Gal employees, she even divulges some get-hired advice. Ultimately, the take-away from each chapter is nearly the same. It’s immediately apparent that Sophia is an authentically hard-working person, who didn’t come into anything by “luck.” She got to where she is today by being unafraid to make mistakes, but always learning from those mistakes. Every day she plugged away, faced whatever new challenges arose, and learned all that she needed to along the way. Hers is a tale that proves “the straight and narrow” path in life is not necessary for all. With enough hard work, sweat, and tears, you can make something amazing for yourself. It’s not easy. But is it worth it? Absolutely.
Throughout each chapter, #GIRLBOSS is a reminder to love what you’re doing and work like hell each day. And if you don’t love what you’re doing? Well, you’re probably meant for something else, but never stop working, or experimenting. Always find ways to be creative & love every job you do. And be patient; success doesn’t happen right away. Always let your authenticity ring through your entire persona: in what clothes you wear, in the work that you put out, in the choices that you make. Think positive, compete with only yourself, and no one else. Sophia cleverly defines these things as the #GIRLBOSS attitude from page one, and lets her #GIRLBOSS shine through in every paragraph.

 

 

Long story short: Amoruso’s first book is a highly recommended short read (2-3 hours estimate), especially great for young adults, or anyone who wants to walk away feeling empowered, with a fire under their ass to get shit done.

 

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