I am so late to the party on reading this book, but better late than never I guess.
This was a bit of an impulse buy, I was browsing Amazon when I was in fact supposed to be working in one of my lessons… but that’s not important… and I saw this and I thought I would give it a read.
This is a new thing that I am starting here where I want to review some of the books that I have been reading. There will be a focus on self-help books because that is what I am interested in at the moment and I have a few lined up to read and that I can’t wait to write about after and help you guys as well.
So on the first instalment I have recently finished reading #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso and I literally read this in 2 days because I couldn’t put it down.
In summary it is sort of a biography as she tells her story of how she built her huge fashion brand ‘Nasty Gal’ from basically nothing and whilst doing that she gives advice and tips on how to be a girl boss. And these are tips that are actually useful. She is so realistic and such a genuine person because sometimes I’ll read tips and you can tell how fake they are, but Sophia is just a normal person who is on this amazing journey and has some useful knowledge to pass on.
I guess in some ways it sounds like any other biography but this is honestly such an amazing and motivating book! She has perfected an equal balance between telling her story and telling the readers how they can improve their mindsets and their lives because it would not be as informative if she was just telling her story. Everyone has a different view on a what a celebrity is but I think that the fact this is written by a normal person makes it so moving. I personally think that if the same story was written by a celebrity then I may not find it as compelling to read. I hope that makes sense.
Her story amazes me because she has managed to build this huge company from $50 and an Ebay store in such a short amount of time as well, and the fact that she dropped out of school and has had no business education beforehand truly amazes me because it really shows how you can achieve no matter your education status. School isn’t for everyone, as she states in one of her chapters, and this book is showing that those who don’t succeed in school and still succeed outside of school.
A big point that she makes in her book is the amount of work that she puts into the company and the effort that goes into it because it is something that she loves to do and has grown from the ground. In the beginning she did everything for herself before the brand grew so much that she needed to hire other people and I don’t believe it was luck that got her to where she is today, as she states, it was the fact that she put the effort in.
One of the ways in which this book resonated with me is that fact that I feel as though I could relate to her when she was describing herself at a younger age and how she was always the outsider in things, mainly because she kept having to move school. I definitely know what it feels like to be an outsider and it kinda sucks but in some ways you get used to it. Additionally she spoke about all the jobs she had when she was younger and how she never stayed in a job long because she felt she didn’t belong there and she just couldn’t get on with the job which is why she ended up creating a brand that was her own and basically working for herself. I can relate to this so much because I’m only 18 and have just applied for my 4th job and originally I felt really rubbish and that I would never find a job that I truly loved and where I was treated fairly and this tells me that it’s okay to not find the perfect job, and not gonna lie I would love to create my own company and work for myself. As a very independent person this is what I would love.
This book was also made into a series on Netflix that only had one season but I absolutely loved it. It’s different to the book in that it just tells her story, and doesn’t give any tips but I still found it motivating to watch because you could see how much she loved what she was doing.
As someone who wants to go into the fashion industry, this book is perfect and I will definitely be rereading this because I genuinely feel so empowered now to continue all those projects that I started but didn’t finish and do things that will help my future self and my career path.
I can’t recommend this enough to anyone and everyone out there. Yes it is directed at females and I totally get why because a lot of things are still quite male dominated and it showing woman that even with no education you can still do amazing things.
So if you’re feeling a bit stuck in life and need to motivation to push you further then I would highly recommend this, particularly if you’re wanting to maybe go into business or fashion or work for yourself.
If any of you have read this then I would absolutely love to know what you thought of it!