Author: Sophia Amoruso
Genre: Retailing/Women & Business/Personal Developement
Release Date: May 6, 2014
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 world.
Amoruso 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 eBay.
Flash 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.
Rating: 5 stars ✰✰✰✰✰
I’ve had a paperback copy of #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso on my book shelf for about a year or more.
I started reading it once before thinking it would be a self help book teaching me how to run my business and giving me pointers. Boy was I wrong.
At the time, it wasn’t the book I was looking for so I put it back on my shelf and moved on.
Then a few weeks ago I found the show Girl Boss on Netflix and ended up binge watching it for 2 days straight. I was curious when I noticed it say it was “loosely” based on the book. So I pulled it back off my shelf and started reading it again.
First, when they said “loosely,” they meant it.
Having said that I have to tell you, I ended up binge reading the book in the same manner as the show. I looked forward to nothing more in the morning then waking up, pouring my morning coffee, and diving into #GIRLBOSS while the house was still quiet.
Sophia tells the story of how she built her business from an eBay store she opened while she was bored, then grew it into the mega business it is today. The fact that she did it all using street smarts, her own intuition, and little to no educational background in business is amazing.
Her vibrant, take no crap attitude comes through this book in full force. Add a little humor and it made for a very fun read. It is easy to see how she got where she is so fast.
Although this is not a book on how you can start your own business, she gives some pretty solid advice on things to do, and not to do in the business world, through her own experiences. The excerpts from other business women were also a nice touch.
I will definitely be incorporating some of what I learned here into running my own business. It was the right kick in the butt I needed to keep me going. If that’s what your looking for and you love a person with some attitude in her personality, this might be the book for you.
About Sophia Amoruso
As founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal, Sophia Amoruso is the creative visionary, modern-day entrepreneur and fashion doyenne who has forged an unprecedented path in building a brand. Named by Forbes as “Fashion’s New Phenom” as well as being featured on the cover of their June 2016 SELF MADE WOMEN issue, Amoruso has become one of the most prominent figures in retail and a cultural icon.
Amoruso released the paperback edition of her New York Times 18-week best-seller #GIRLBOSS on September 29th, 2015. Originally released in hardcover under the Portfolio and Putnam imprints of Penguin Random House, #GIRLBOSS is part memoir and part business book with an edge. Offering insights on entrepreneurship and career advice, #GIRLBOSS is a sassy and irreverent look into how Amoruso organically grew her business from the ground up. It was recently announced that Amoruso has teamed up with Charlize Theron to Executive Produce the Netflix scripted comedy series, “Girlboss,” written by Kay Cannon. The series is currently in production in Los Angeles with actress Britt Robertson starring as Sophia. “Girlboss” is expected to premiere on Netflix in early 2017.
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