#GIRLBOSS, a New York Times best seller, the go to guide for female entrepreneur anything, and a staple on the fashion blogger book shelf. Because of these credentials, I figured it was time I hopped on the bandwagon and saw for myself what all of the hype was about.
Sophia Amoruso overcame all odds by building up the brand NastyGal amidst the cutthroat industry that is retail. Aside from this astonishing feat, what makes Amoruso’s story worth reading is that her journey to the top is an accidental Cinderella story.
Basically, if you knew this girl in high school, you would think she would be the worst CEO ever. She got bad grades, didn’t go to college, serial-quit a variety of odd jobs, and spent a brief stint as a shoplifter. By all standards, Amoruso was headed to the breadline much faster than she was headed to the boardroom.
But don’t let that description fool you. This woman is fierce. Despite her zero credit, zero recommendations, and zero cash, through determination, low expectations, and listening, she grew NastyGal from an online Ebay store to a globally recognized brand. She never expected that her random hobby she did because she didn’t like anything else could turn into a multimillion dollar endeavor.
Amboruso uses a series of anecdotes from her past to communicate how excuses aren’t valid ever. Period. She less than gently reminds readers that dreams do not come about form from dreaming. They come about form hard work resilience and then more hard work and resilence.
At points, the book relies a little too heavily on the “American Dream” narrative (Anyone can do anything if they work hard because this is America and that’s what happens here). However, in Amboruso’s defense, NastyGal is alive because of the American Dream.
Amboruso is at her best when she is at her toughest. When she transforms from an author to your big sister tell you to quit feeling sorry for yourself and do something for goodness sake. When she reminds her readers that being a “GIRLBOSS” is not about successfully avoiding work but about successfully doing work.
Her upbeat, no nonsense tone allows this genre, often saturated with clichés, to exhale a breath of fresh air.
#GIRLBOSS deserves the Pick of the Week because it reminded me that things worth having are things worth working for and if you are not willing to do the work, then you better not be expecting the return. Or, in the spirit of Sophia “Know that there is now finish line. Fortune favors action.