books #GIRLBOSS By Sophia Amoruso –

I put off reading this book for a long time becauseGIRLBOSS is the most vomit inducing book title I can think of and now I have read it I wish I hadn t botheredGIRLBOSS is peculiar mix it s a book that doesn t know whether it wants to be a memoir or if it wants to give business advice Most of Sophia Amoruso s memories are irrelevant and self absorbed, with humble brags littering the pages Sophia constantly reminds readers of the meteoric rise of Nasty Girl and how her own profile has risen with it not to mention all that money she is making and how she gets congratulated on a daily basis, and then she reels off a list of achievements just in case we didn t already realise how successful she is I don t doubt Sophia probably has some wise words to share about running a business, it s the way she goes about sharing it that I have a problem with You would do well to heed your own advice, Sophia It s not cool to get drunk on your own success. In The New York Times Bestseller That The Washington Post Called Lean In For Misfits, Sophia Amoruso Shares How She Went From Dumpster Diving To Founding One Of The Fastest Growing Retailers In The WorldAmoruso Spent Her Teens Hitchhiking, Committing Petty Theft, And Scrounging In Dumpsters For Leftover Bagels By Age Twenty Two She Had Dropped Out Of School, And Was Broke, Directionless, And Checking IDs In The Lobby Of An Art School A Job She D Taken For The Health Insurance It Was In That Lobby That Sophia Decided To Start Selling Vintage Clothes On EBayFlash Forward To Today, And She S The Founder Of Nasty Gal And The Founder And CEO Of Girlboss Sophia Was Never A Typical CEO, Or A Typical Anything, And She S Written GIRLBOSS For Other Girls Like Her Outsiders And Insiders Seeking A Unique Path To Success, Even When That Path Is Windy As All Hell And Lined With Naysayers GIRLBOSS Proves That Being Successful Isn T About Where You Went To College Or How Popular You Were In High School It S About Trusting Your Instincts And Following Your Gut Knowing Which Rules To Follow And Which To Break When To Button Up And When To Let Your Freak Flag Fly A Witty And Cleverly Told Account It S This Kind Of Honest Advice, Plus The Humorous Ups And Downs Of Her Rise In Online Retail, That Make The Book So Appealing Los Angeles Times Amoruso Teaches The Innovative And Entrepreneurial Among Us To Play To Our Strengths, Learn From Our Mistakes, And Know When To Break A Few Of The Traditional Rules Vanity Fair GIRLBOSS Is Than A Book GIRLBOSS Is A Movement Lena Dunham Having been Nasty Gal s first intern during the early days in Berkeley when it was just Sophia and Christina the first full time employee who is now Buying Director , my rating may be a little biased so feel free to take everything from this point forward with a grain of salt.I won t bother with a short summary as this book has gotten enough press and reviews from readers alike that that just seems redundant What I will say is that having worked with Sophia firsthand and having accompanied her on what was Nasty Gal s second buying trip ever, her work ethic is a cut above the rest she eats, sleeps and breathes Nasty Gal always has and probably always will There are parts in the book where she may come across a bit lofty, but she s just telling it like it is and not making any excuses She briefly touches on the subject of extroverts and introverts, mentioning psychologists now believe that social media is a really valuable tool for introverts, because it allows them to communicate and even network on their own terms Being an introvert herself, Girlboss is the creative outlet through which Sophia speaks, on her own terms.What makes Sophia such an icon to girls around the world partly is her relatability Her story is one with a Cinderella esque theme in a male run tech start up world, and it s easy to think feel like something similar could happen to any of us so long as you just follow Sophia s magic formula But she is one in 400 trillion if you read the book, you ll get what I mean And what she doesn t reveal directly in Girlboss though hints of it are given along the way is that she is a voracious learner, an avid reader and a hyper critical thinker with killer business gumption Not all of us innately are or possess these qualities, though this is something that is absolutely within our power to change, adopt and or improve upon In my opinion, these are just some of the most common characteristics I ve seen across the board of successful entrepreneurs, and just above average humans in general.All in all, the book is a quick and entertaining read with snippets of slightly outrageous and hilarious stories from Sophia s past, wisdoms imparted by many other Girlbosses including fashion designer Norma Kamali, Christene Barberich, editor of Refinery 29 and Leandra Medine of , and learnings from Sophia s arsenal of books including of course, the Harvard Business Review. I had never even heard of Nasty Gal when I picked this e book from the library But the title seemed fun and I always enjoy reading business books especially ones that tackle the unique issues that face women.But this This is not that book.I ll say this Sophia has done a great job of getting where she is now She s obviously creative and obviously hard working But I don t know who this book is written for It is mainly biographical which is fine but then has these girlboss lessons that made me cringe One page will assume you ve never put together a decent resume and then a few pages later it s giving you advice about how you can t be friends with your direct reports It seems to assume that I have no business experience and am in charge of people mainly because that s what Sophia dealt with absolutely no business experience or formalized business education and was in charge of her own business Which is awesome for her but rare that others will go on that sort of girlboss trajectory Also, it s extremely difficult to read the book and she s mentioning that in meetings she gets annoyed when people don t talk to her directly because they assume she doesn t know what she s talking about but then says she often makes people repeat themselves a number of times until she understands the business concepts because she has no training but she s the CEO so she has to understand I know she got where she is by not going to business school but maybe she could look into a little bit of formal training It s not an employees job to give you a crash course in topics they learned in their MBA.I think I would have enjoyed this if it was just a straight biography and gave up the pretense of telling people how to be girlbosses.I also googled Nasty Gal after reading the book and came upon a Glass Door page where the company is rated VERY low in employee satisfaction and a trustpilot page where it also is rated very low in shopper satisfaction It made it seem as if the author lacks awareness about her company This is not Lean In for a younger generation. I so wanted this to be good, but after reading the introduction, I knew that I was probably not going to enjoy it After she addressed the issue of whether or not her book was a feminist manifesto by saying that she believes in showing up and owning it not whining for equality, I was pretty much soured on everything else she had to say But I persevered And while there were some good parts of the book she does have some interesting things to say about venture capitalism and hiring and firing there were so many other things that made me want to throw the book against the wall in abject frustration For a book that purports to be about women who don t take themselves too seriously, I don t think I have ever read a book by a person who took themselves MORE seriously The most frustrating part for me was when she said that she didn t believe in luck Like this multimillion dollar company that she built up from nothing, which experienced unprecedented levels of growth such that industry professionals were all agog, exists simply because Sophia Amoruso was the first person in the world to discover working hard, and there were no outside forces outside of her control that influenced the situation and helped her to get there And then, after those few paragraphs, she goes on to talk about chaos magic and positive thinking not like The Secret but basically if you think positively, things will happen for you and says, If you let yourself meander a bit, the right things and the right people will fall into place Which sounds a hell of a lot like luck to me Contradictory, self indulgent, tone deaf and frustrating Pretty disappointing. In GIRLBOSS, Sophia Amoruso recounts her life from stumbling upon her passion of selling vintage clothes online and becoming an unlikely businesswoman to building her retail fashion empire Along the way, she realizes the value and the difficulty of being the GIRLBOSS of her own lifeThe energy you ll expend focusing on someone else s life is better spent working on your own Just be your own idol This book started out interesting enough, but it gradually lost its steam in the second half when Amoruso began sounding like a broken record Also, the author s bragging and over the top tone was a little off putting at times, so I ended up skimming the last 50 100 pages.I did, however, really look forward to the illustrations featured throughout And I would like to pay homage to that first half by quoting some of my favorite phrasesI, along with countless other GIRLBOSSes who are profiled in this book, girls who are reading this book, and the girls who are yet to become a GIRLBOSS will do it not by whining but by fighting You don t get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously You ve got to show up and own it If this is a man s world, who cares I m still really glad to be a girl in it I also loved the chapter about her school experienceSo, GIRLBOSS, if you suck at school, don t let it kill your spirit It does not mean that you are stupid or worthless, or that you are never going to succeed at anything It just means that your talents lie elsewhere, so take the opportunity to seek out what you are good at, and find a place where you can flourish Once you do, you re going to kill it I didn t know I needed this, but I didYou have to kick people out of your head as forcefully as you d kick someone out of your house if you didn t want them to be there I have a friend who told me something recently that really resonated He said that he felt like he d gotten off at the wrong stop, as if there s a bus traveling through space and time that randomly opens its doors and drops souls off to live through whatever time they re assigned I don t believe we re all fit for the time we re assigned It s a weird world we live in, and until time travel exists we ve all got to make the most of where we land No matter where you are in life, you ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be You is who you is, so get used to itOverall, GIRLBOSS had a nice starting point, but ended up lacking that special something that I love in memoirs such as Buffering or Born a Crime.2.5 5 starsNote I m an Affiliate If you re interested in buying GIRLBOSS, just click on the image below to go through my link I ll make a small commissionSupport creators you love Buy a Coffee for nat bookspoils with Ko bookspoils It s overwhelmingly clear from the book that Sophia Amoruso is a hard worker She s dedicated to her business, she s extremely talented at what she does, and I suspect she d be pretty fun to attend a party with even thought she would probably make you wear silver leather pants That being said, this book just didn t do it for me Amoruso neglects the fascinating elements of her story, like the fact that she went from being the youngest person at a San Francisco Marxist book club and eating dumpster bagels to being a CEO with a brand new Porsche I don t mean to slam her for changing her mind on capitalism, but it would have been very interesting and pretty informative to see exactly how that transition happened and whether she thinks that is appropriate for everyone Instead we get vague pieces of advice like, don t bad talk your boss on social media after you re fired There s a chapter that outlines the importance of using sigil magic to ensure your progress through ranks that felt totally off the wall The off the wall ness does work for her sometimes, especially within the context of a business book Sheryl Sandberg certainly isn t telling you about the Halloween she dressed as a 70s Blaxploitation character and tried to beat up her boyfriend s ex Those stories, and how they helped her become a better person, are silly and illuminating I just wish there were of them. From the first page I knew I wasn t going to like this book don t let the man get you girlboss gag Beyond it being poorly written sounds like a teenager s rambling life story , it doesn t have any true focus or offer any innovative or interesting advice Most of the advice work hard, don t have typos in your resume, attention to detail are well known, common, and repeated in countless books, television shows, etc and honestly something you d learn in high school or college, had she completed those efforts She also comes off as an un relateable and unbelievable character She worked hard in all her jobs And yet most lasted no longer than 2 weeks She does an incredible amount of bragging about her successes and everyone loving her, and rambles her way through her story at a very high level I found myself constantly irritated with her Good for you for starting a successful company, that s awesome Your story just isn t interesting or well written enough to tell Nice thing its short and has pictures So I finished it in a day and moved onto something far better. GIRLBOSS is Sophia Amoruso s story about her wild childhood, unlikely and extraordinarily successful business venture and her treatise on how to be yourself and bring what is unique to you to your professional life.I googled Sophia after I finished this book and was dismayed to discover she has declared bankruptcy.It seems she still has a successful motivational speaker program going on, but, for whatever reason, her business hasn t worked out.I suspect, she will land on her feet and start again That is a large part of the philosophy contained inGIRLBOSSIn about eight years, I went from a broke, anarchist freegan dead set on smashing the system to a millionaire businesswoman who today is as at home in the boardroom as she is in the dressing room I never intended to be a role model, but there are parts of my story, and the lessons I ve learned from it, that I want to sharepg 23, ebook Sophia believes in being yourself Let your freak flag fly Embrace your weirdness because that is what ultimately makes you greatGIRLBOSS is a feminist book, and Nasty Gal is a feminist brand in the sense that I encourage you, as a girl, to be who you are and do what you want Being a Girlboss is as much about being the boss of your career as it is of your homepg 29, ebook.Between Sophia s business tips and memoir, she includes quotations Such asIt was the straying that found the path direct Austin Osman Sparepg 56In her case, that was absolutely true Sophia wanted a job where she didn t have to work and could get paid for doing, essentially, nothing.She found that job and surfed the internet most of the time In doing so, she studied online communities like MySpace and eBay and concluded that she could network and sell items with the best of them.And she did.Sophia is a believer in creating your own realitythere s also the everyday kind of magic that we make for ourselves And that s really not magic at all It s just recognizing the fact that we control our thoughts and our thoughts control our lives This is an extremely simple, totally straightforward concept, but for a lot of people, it s so alien that it might as well be magicebook, pg 109.Sophia, like Obi Wan Kenobi, does not believe in luck She believes in hard work, action and selective focusFocus on the positive things in your life and you ll be shocked at how many positive things start happening But before you start to think you just got lucky, remember that it s magic, and you made it yourselfebook, pg 115.Come bankruptcies and whatever else, I believe Sophia Amoruso will be just fine Don t you Funny, entertaining, sassy, sarcastic, and incredibly smart Amoruso manages to bring her funny sarcastic personality onto these pages while seriously teaching about what it means takes to be a girlboss I took so much from this book and I have a strong feeling I ll be rereading it once I m done with university The balance between the casual narration style and spot on intelligent business life advice is fantastic It makes reading it so easy and 100% struck a nerve with me Pick this up if you feel like you need a motivational push in your life no matter what area of your life you need said push for This book is all about kicking ass and being your personal best against all odds Highly recommend