Sassy, earthy, and always irreverent, Sophia Amoruso is a perfect example of how walking (or rather, strutting) to your own drum can create amazing things in your business and your life.
Throughout this riotous, quick read, Amoruso never stops keeping it real. From dumpster diving to hitchhiking to a little petty thievery, she’s no angel — which is why her authenticity is so bleeping inspiring.
For those of us who dream of business success but balk at giving up our personal quirks to blend into the crowd, #GIRLBOSS should be required reading.
Things We Learned
Introversion Doesn’t Equal Lack of Exposure
Introverts may be breathing a sigh of relief right now. Amoruso has a unique, always-exciting media persona — but she readily admits to being an introvert in her actual life.
Yes, Virginia, it IS possible to be brassy, outgoing, and charismatic while still identifying as an introvert! (And you can look fabulous while doing it.)
Eat, Sleep, and Breathe Your Work
Amoruso has found incredible success at a tender age, and this inevitably makes people wonder how the heck she did it.
The answer is simple: she LIVES her work.
It’s not to say that she doesn’t encourage readers to maintain their personal lives. But that doesn’t mean you can’t immerse yourself in your dreams and revel in your hard work. Her secret to success is no secret at all.
Work hard every day. Lather, rinse, repeat.
Put That Money to Work
There’s a time to bootstrap and there’s a time for, well, a little bit more.
There comes a time in every entrepreneur’s life when you realize that it’s worth it to spend a little more than you bargained for to get real quality. But…spend money because it’s an investment in your own well-being, not just because you can.
Until then, though, Amoruso says, “Don’t live like a CEO when you’re still a sandwich artist.”
Your challenge as a #GIRLBOSS is to dive headfirst into things without being too attached to the results. When your goal is to gain experience, perspective, and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility. Failure is YOUR invention. I believe that there is a silver lining in everything, and once you begin to see it, you’ll need sunglasses to combat the glare.