This is the book that I want to take with me anywhere I go at all times to remind me of the things that I aspire in life. I want to actually have a physical copy of this book and value it like a treasure. I have never read a book before that I have highlights and notes to a lot of its pages.
#GirlBoss is the story of the author herself, Sophia Amoruso, about how, from forgoing education at seventeen, dove into the world of dumpster diving, hitchhiking and shoplifting, she became the founder and CEO of the million dollar company called Nasty Gal.
“No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be.”
I admire Sophia’s character because with the way she described herself in the book – very outgoing, a risk taker, giving no damn care to what other people say – never had it occurred to me that she is in fact an introvert. Sophia is everything that I am intimidated about. A total opposite of a very shy me even though I’m a fellow introvert myself. I admire how curious and observant she is and how she doesn’t want to ‘settle’, she’s in constant move to try new things – another opposite of me as I am a creature of habit and even little changes freaks me out.
“Each time you make a good decision or do something nice or take care of yourself; each time you show up to work and work hard and do your best at everything you can do, you’re planting seeds for a life that you can only hope will grow beyond your wildest dreams. Take care of the little things—even the little things that you hate—and treat them as promises to your own future. Soon you’ll see that fortune favors the bold who get shit done.”
#GirlBoss doesn’t only include Sophia’s story but it also offers tips and advises about many things in life especially in being an adult. She touched things about finances, on being a boss and an employee, tips for applying for a job and going for an interview, also things about investment and promoting your business or brand – the part where I was lost a bit.
What I loved about this book is its relatability and I am a witness to that. I remember while reading I’ve muttered to myself, “What have I done with my life?”, “Where have I been?” and “What have I been doing with my life all these time?” Her life stories are surreal; I can even say that it’s like ‘rags to riches’ kind of a story. Maybe the reason why I related so much in this book is that advises in here are applicable to my life right now which in a way affected me greatly.
“If you’re frustrated because you’re not getting what you want, stop for a second: Have you actually flat-out asked for it? If you haven’t, stop complaining. You can’t expect the world to read your mind. You have to put it out there, and sometimes putting it out there is as simple as just saying, “Hey, can I have that?”
When I finished reading the book at 2 in the morning, a quote suddenly popped up in mind “Experience is life’s best teacher.” Indeed. At such a young age, she had experience a lot and those experiences have honed her to become the kind of person that she is now.
“You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create.”
#GirlBoss gave me another huge dose of inspiration. It is an entertaining and easy read. I recommend it especially to someone like me who is currently stuck in life or even if you just want to read something that can give you some things to ponder about.
“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.”
Life is short and I’ve already used up almost a quarter of it so it’s better to get this butt moving and busy.