2.04.2016

Book Review: #GirlBoss

Recently, I went to a little internet hiatus in the last week of January. Mainly because my internet was acting up, but there were a few other things that kept my hands full like finishing up final documentations for college that's going to end in few months (yikes!!!) and catching up on Commercial Geography and Banking assignments.
Between these practical shenanigans, I kept up with my reading list wholeheartedly. #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso was a book I had been wanting to read for quite a long time. I started reading it and finished within two days. I am so excited to review it on the blog today.
Book review: #GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso

The founder of Nasty Gal offers a sassy and irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women.
At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS.

It's probably the most hyped book I have seen and read so far. Really, every young and ambitious female of this millennia might have put it on her to-read list, once. You are going to hear a mix of good and bad reviews about this book. Mine is going to be the positive one. Thumbs up.

#GirlBoss is an autobiography of Sophia Amoruso though it covers additional topics like feminism, self-help, and inspiration at the same time. The best thing about this book is the writing style - humorous.
It basically documents the journey of Sophia how she established her online business of selling vintage clothing on eBay to growing it in a famous fashion clothing line Nasty Gal worth $100+ million.

What I Think:

It was such an empowering book. The author started her business from scratch (literally!) and used her own methods to build her empire without a degree from a fancy institution. Some reviews I have read online, people seem to be complaining how she didn't go to an elite business school and often didn't understand the terms a professional would know. I loved this part. If someone isn't privileged enough to attend a business school, it doesn't mean they can't build their empire. Your hard work and faith in your plans can take you to places.

I firmly believe in faith & hard work. Things just don't happen to anyone. If you think some people just got lucky in their business ventures, think again. Your theory might be totally wrong. If you don't work hard and get your way out through the tunnels of failure, you're not going to succeed anyway. This book was all about it.

I loved the straight-up, no bullshit tone of this book. The author seemed to be telling her story over a cup of coffee that made it real fun to read. I will probably get an audio version for this book.
It was written for aspiring entrepreneurs in mind so it hit home, easily. I'm so into self-help and leadership books. This book makes the best fit in these genres. I would recommend it to anyone who's looking for a fresh start in their business or even for other plans in life, this book could easily be your starter pack.

Favorite Quotes From This Book:
#GirlBoss by Sophia Amoruso quotes

“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.”

“There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.”

“Forcing me to figure out how to provide for myself was probably one of the best things my parents ever did for me.”

“The #GIRLBOSS who is willing to do a job that is below her—and above—is the one who stands out. Above, you ask? Yes. Sometimes you’ll find an opportunity to step in when your boss is out, or just swamped, and show your worth. You’re as smart as she is, anyway, so figure it out as you go and make it look like child’s play. It’s that attitude, and behavior, that will get you ahead.”

“In whatever you do, you’re not going to stand out unless you think big and have ideas that are truly original. That comes from tapping into your own creativity, not obsessing over what everyone else is doing.”

Final ratings:

I would give it 5/5. Some of the quotes from this book are going to my art journal and inspiration wall. It's been a while since I had my hands on an actual inspiring yet easy book, after Manuscript Found In Accra, of course!

PS: If you're doing 2016 reading challenge on Goodreads, then let's be friends over there!

What's your recent read? Have you read #GirlBoss? 
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