#GIRLBOSS — The Review
I’m hoping you read my PREreview of #GIRLBOSS . If not, you probably should to fully understand where I’m coming from.
Okay, let me just say that Sophia Amoruso is the shit. I absolutely love her writing style. It’s to the point, and from what I can tell, she writes like she talks. Just like me.
I get you Sophia, I get you.
She writes this book in an honest and encouraging way, detailing out exactly what she did and how she turned NastyGal into a million-dollar business, sort of accidentally. You kinda hate her for that (especially if you are someone attempting to do that — ahem moi), but you are equally like, that’s f***ing awesome, go Sophia! And you can’t really hate her for it cause she is so damn cool.
So, as I said in my PREreview, I don’t like that the word “girl” is in the title/hashtag of the book #GIRLBOSS. I think using a hashtag as a title is genius. I love the word “boss” but I hate that the word “girl” is a part of it. I get why it’s there but just read my PREreview and this post on Women Rule ok. Even after reading the book, I still don’t like the word “girl” being in the title, so no change there. But I did like that on page 12, Sophia literally says “question everything—even me.” Perfect. Sophia can handle constructive criticism for when she never reads this post (who knows, maybe she will). Did I mention I’m older than her? Yaaaaaaa.
At first she talks about how she doesn’t believe in role models, and while I like her explanation of it, I do think educating yourself by reading other people’s success stories is a good thing. I mean she wrote a book, about her success, so doesn’t that automatically make her a role model? Anyway, I loved what she said and totally agree with it:
“The energy you’ll expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol.“
To me, idolizing someone and seeing them as a role model is totally different. So basically I’m saying, role models are OK to have in my opinion, idols are different.
Another great quote:
“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.”
Yes Sophia, Yes! The whole “luck” and “fortune” thing … yes some people are lucky in that they were born to a wealthy family that then affords them the opportunity to explore whatever they want, but beyond that — I think you create your own luck. Fortune favors action is exactly that. If you are setting yourself up for great things to happen because you are already working on great things, well then you have a much better chance of amazing opportunities coming your way.
I about peed myself when I read the phrase “getting shit done” at least twice in the book and I was like, Sophia — we are soul mates. (If you are new around here, I started a column a long time ago called #GSD — Get Shit Done, where I interview awesome people about how they get shit done). So obviously she’s a gal after my own heart.
“You don’t get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously. You’ve got to show up and own it.”
“When you believe in yourself, other people will believe in you too.” Continue reading…