#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Tacky title aside, I was engaged by Amoruso’s unabashed discussion of personal growth and professional development. #GIRLBOSS isn’t a literary masterpiece, and her writing style writing style can come across as narcissistic and shallow. However, she succeeds in showing the reader that in order to get ahead that you have to keep pushing and never back down.
Amoruso started her own business, now worth $100M, from scratch and pocket change. It wasn’t until she found herself caught in the middle of a prospering company that she realized she was a natural entrepreneur. Although she never graduated college she’s extremely intuitive, street smart and not afraid to speak her mind.
This is another example of an “I made it by working hard” story. The book is interspersed with quotes from popular business tomes, and Sophia doesn’t deliver any new ideas. Amoruso has some sensible advice to give out, but it seems to be aimed at the remedial class. For instance “treat your LinkedIn profile like an online resume” and “spell check exists for a reason” is nothing revolutionary.
Sophia makes several all-encompassing statements about herself growing up that the average reader can resonate with. When she says “I never fitted in to one social group at school”, and “I always felt like I was meant for bigger things”, it may strike a cord with her demographic, but she falls short on delivering something more substantial. This material serves to support one of Sophia Amoruso’s themes throughout her book: there is no one profile or job description for a #GIRLBOSS.
“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. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.”
Here are my top 5 takeaways from the book:
1. “When your goal is to gain experience and knowledge, failure is no longer your possibility, failure is your invention.” When you’re learning, failure is a given. When you fail, you are learning what doesn’t work and what does. Failure is crucial for growth.
2. “Crazy is doing the same thing and expecting different results.” Apparently Sophia’s father said this to her and I completely agree. Doing the same thing over and over again will never teach you anything new.
3. “Nothing is universally boring.” You might not like finance, but that financial adviser would probably love to teach you how to manage money. Otherwise that person won’t be doing what he/she is doing.
4. “There are secret opportunities in every failure.” You might not see it then, but you learn something in everything you do, even your failures.
5. “When you think about people, you give them power.” I found this to be particularly interesting because, although I never realized it before, it’s very true. Whatever you are thinking of, you give your power too. Focus on yourself and you will surprised how much strength you’ll gain.