#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, Founder and CEO of Nasty Gal
I just loved reading #GIRLBOSS. It is a little crude at times but it’s a straight forward, inspiring, easy read.
I think more entrepreneurs need to be transparent about how they got to their destination rather than focusing on their success. Sophia is real about her journey and I am so glad her words can inspire others and give people the ‘kick in the butt’ they need to get their businesses going.
Sophia started a company called ‘Nasty Gal’ that has taken off and now become a global brand. She started out by selling Vintage clothes on eBay that she found in thrift stores. She was broke, clueless and a bit of a criminal but she was determined.
I really like that Sophia balanced her personal journey with really practical tips for entrepreneurs… of all types! She’s honest and she explains her life as she sees it.
Her one-liners are pretty great:
“You don't get what you don’t ask for”.
"Dream big, start small."
"Life is short. Don't be lazy."
A few of my favourites:
“My customers always told me what they wanted, and I always knew if I listened to them, we’d both be okay.”
“What made me successful wasn’t necessarily what I sold but how I sold it.”
“Instead of spending time trolling the forums and obsessing about what other sellers were doing, I focused on making my store as unique as possible.”
“Gary pointed out that I was obsessing about her (the competition) so much that I was going to make her successful. I took this advice seriously, and decided then that I don't want to spend time thinking about things that I don’t want to have a place in my life. You 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.”
You HAVE to read this book if you have a start-up, you’re already ‘started up’ or you’re interested in starting up a business. ;)