#GIRLBOSS is Sophia Amoruso's story about her wild childhood, unlikely and extraordinarily successful business venture and her treatise on how to be yourself and bring what is unique to you to your professional life.
I googled Sophia after I finished this book and was dismayed to discover she has declared bankruptcy.
It seems she still has a successful motivational speaker program going on, but, for whatever reason, her business hasn't worked out.
I suspect, she will land on her feet and start again. That is a large part of the philosophy contained in #GIRLBOSS.
"In about eight years, I went from a broke, anarchist 'freegan' dead set on smashing the system to a millionaire businesswoman who today is as at home in the boardroom as she is in the dressing room. I never intended to be a role model, but there are parts of my story, and the lessons I've learned from it, that I want to share." pg 23, ebook.
Sophia believes in being yourself. Let your freak flag fly. Embrace your weirdness- because that is what ultimately makes you great.
"#GIRLBOSS is a feminist book, and Nasty Gal is a feminist brand in the sense that I encourage you, as a girl, to be who you are and do what you want. Being a Girlboss is as much about being the boss of your career as it is of your home." pg 29, ebook.
Between Sophia's business tips and memoir, she includes quotations. Such as: "It was the straying that found the path direct - Austin Osman Spare." pg 56
In her case, that was absolutely true. Sophia wanted a job where she didn't have to work and could get paid for doing, essentially, nothing.
She found that job and surfed the internet most of the time. In doing so, she studied online communities like MySpace and eBay and concluded that she could network and sell items with the best of them.
And she did.
Sophia is a believer in creating your own reality: "... there's also the everyday kind of magic that we make for ourselves. And that's really not magic at all. It's just recognizing the fact that we control our thoughts and our thoughts control our lives. This is an extremely simple, totally straightforward concept, but for a lot of people, it's so alien that it might as well be magic." ebook, pg 109.
Sophia, like Obi Wan Kenobi, does not believe in luck. She believes in hard work, action and selective focus.
"Focus on the positive things in your life and you'll be shocked at how many more positive things start happening. But before you start to think you just got lucky, remember that it's magic, and you made it yourself." ebook, pg 115.
Come bankruptcies and whatever else, I believe Sophia Amoruso will be just fine. Don't you? :)