This book takes being awesome to the next level.
I’m lucky. I like being a girl, and I’ve always liked being a girl. I have kickass mother who went to Columbia Business School and was one of the first women to work at Morgan Stanley. I’ve never felt like my gender was something that would keep me from doing whatever I wanted to do in life. As I said at the beginning of this paragraph–but it bears repeating–I’m lucky. I know it.
Still, as I forge ahead building a business in a field where I’m basically self-taught, sometimes it’s good to find examples of general female badassery out there in the world. And Sophia Amoruso is an excellent example. She’s the author of #Girlboss and the CEO of Nasty Gal, a $100 million fashion company that started as a vintage store on eBay. Interestingly enough, it looks like Sophia’s book agent on #Girlboss was none other than Andy McNicol, another female badass I know from college.
Some notable quotes from #Girlboss:
“Fortune favors the bold that get shit done.”
“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 really glad to be a girl in it.”
“If something’s not working out, but you keep hammering at it in the same way, go after something else for a while. That’s not giving up, that’s just letting the universe have its way.”
“When you believe in yourself, other people will believe in you too.”
“Luck lets us believe that whatever happens, whether good or bad, it’s not to our credit or our fault. That is why I don’t buy luck. But I do buy magic. There’s [an] everyday kind of magic we make for ourselves. And that’s not really magic at all. It’s just recognizing the fact that we control our thoughts and our thoughts control our lives.”
“Focus on the positive things in your life and you’ll be shocked at how many more positive things start happening.”
“Clothing is the suit of armor in which we battle the world.” (I have literally said versions of this to friends of mine.)
“There’s a chance for you. So take it.”
Amen to that, Sophia. Keep on rocking in the free world. You are all that and a bag of chips.
If you’re a bit down in the dumps about your life, and I was when I bought this book, it will help you change your attitude. And as Amoruso points out, it’s all in the attitude. If you think you can do it, you can, and other people will take you at your word. And that holds true for anything in life–work, love, friendships, whatever. You determine your worth by being honest, admitting when you don’t know stuff, working hard and believing in yourself. Or as Amoruso puts, it, “No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be. You is who you is, so get used to it.”
In short, #Girlboss for life.
To buy #Girlboss, which you should do as a New Year’s present to yourself and everybody you know, click here.