#GirlBoss is a book that created ripples when it was launched. Every YouTuber had it on their reading list and I have been super excited to get my hands on it ever since. Finally I found a soft copy version on Amazon.in and at a discounted price. The Universe was telling me to read this book.
About the #GirlBoss
#GirlBoss is about Sophia Amoruso’s story from being the underdog to becoming CEO. Yes, it is very much a rags to riches story, but it is so much more than that. The gory details of what it was like to be without money. She really doesn’t mince words. There is a lot of tips that she has given about living life. What not to do if you get fired, or if you are CEO how to fire a person and not feel bad about it. It isn’t exactly an autobiographical book. It sometimes reads like a management book with tips on being in the world of online business.
What I liked about #GirlBoss.
It is inspiring and realistic. If you are looking for a self help book, #GirlBoss is not it. She doesn’t tell you how to get to being a CEO. She merely narrates what worked for her. The book is very practical and some of her words are worth noting down and remembering. It doesn’t trace her history all the way from school and working her way up. Instead it has been broken into smaller chapters and incidents from her life have been quoted based upon the topic of the chapter. I loved that there no checklists on how to get your life in order, no unnecessary frills, and absolutely no nonsense.
Like I said before, very realistic and practical. You can see that Sophia Amoruso is that sort of a person. The book reflects her or so I like to believe since I have never met her.
One of my favourite chapters is ‘Shitty Jobs Saved My Life’ which talks about how she went through a lot of underpaid crappy jobs till she found something she loved to do. I think that is true for a lot of us, except that sometimes we don’t have the guts to quit the shitty job. We just think that is our fate for ever and stick to it even though we are unhappy. That attitude definitely needs to change.
There are some lovely details in the book to be noted such as some inspirational quotes through each chapter, the illustrations in the front of every chapter and the portraits of GirlBosses who have been associated with Nasty Gal. There is a very positive vibe about the book, but not fairies and magic sort of vibe. This is a story of a person who has worked to get where she is with a small amount of good luck and a lot of hard work and learning from mistakes.
Some of my favourite lines from this book
“The energy you’ll expend focussing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol.”
“Figure out what you love doing and don’t suck at it, then try to figure out how to make a living doing that! “
“Have something original and special to offer that makes people’s lives better.”
“Create your own job. Become the Master of what you do. Immerse yourself in your culture. Be humble“
Do I think everyone should read it?
Well yes. I think it isn’t a book just for women. There is a lot in it that you can apply to your work life and is not gender specific. It is for all those of you who are willing take some effort to make a change in your life and feel empowered.