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by Sophia Amoruso

Published May 6, 2014

Publisher: Portfolio Hardcover

Genre: Business/Autobiography/Memoir

Rating: ♥♥♥♥♥

At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS.

This aspirational book doesn’t patronize young women the way many business experts do. Amoruso shows readers how to channel their passion and hard work, while keeping their insecurities from getting in the way. She offers straight talk about making your voice heard and doing meaningful work.

She’s proof that you can be a huge success without giving up your spirit of adventure or distinctive style. As she writes, “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let The Man get to you. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”

This book was a great inspiration to read. To see how Sophia Amoruso started out her Nasty Gal business from her bedroom, to owning a multi-million dollar business-it was amazing to see. Her book is filled with funny anecdotes, great advice, and an blunt statements. It became one of my favorite books I have read this year.

Sophia Amoruso is a twenty-something young woman who started Nasty Gal from her bedroom, using ebay and old vintage clothing she dug around for in vintage shops and Goodwill’s. Her business became so successful, that her business is not a multi-million dollar business, and she is now overseeing 350 employees. And it is still growing. It’s all so mind-boggling.

The energy you’ll expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol.

(pg. 13)

Her book is filled with constant advice to not care what others are thinking,to just have your head down to the ground and focus on your job, and doing that job to the best of your ability, which as she says, “pays off in the end” (pg. 29). Even if it is a shitty job, that job will make you appreciate the job after that all the more.

I believe the best way to honor the past and future of women’s rights is by getting shit done.

(pg. 14)

As someone who has been on both ends of the job spectrum-from job searching to hiring/firing people-Amoruso has some great insight into what employers are looking for in their employees, potential employees cover letters, and the attitudes they do/don’t want to see in an interview. Probably one of my favorite chapters in her book is chapter 8, “On Hiring, Staying Employed, and Firing”, something she is qualified to speak on, seeing as she has been fired from jobs, started her own business, and has had to fire employees on occasion. This chapter is filled with awesome advice on that necessary evil-the cover letter, outlining cover letter mistakes, and what employers are actually looking for in the cover letter. Then there is the résumé:

If you’ve made shit happen, make sure your résumé reflects that-this is one of the few places where it’s actually good to brag a bit.

(pg. 156)

Another piece of advice I wish I had known early on while I was in my own job searching career: networking. I was on LinkedIn, but never used it to my advantage, something I should have done. Then there are the interview no-nos, and the four words you shall never mutter: “That’s not my job”. I could go on, but those are the highlights of this chapter that were my favorite.

And the book is not just advice from Sophia, but from other successful women who have started their own business, or started out as Sophia’s first employee (Christina Ferrucci). This was another favorite part of this book; hearing from other successful women, and getting encouragement through their stories.

This book is full of inspirational quotes, things to just kick you in the butt and get on with your goals in life and job.

And this book is just plain pretty.

Confidence is more attractive than anything you could put on your body.

(pg. 227)

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