Lately I’ve been having the itch to read more. Now that I have been out of college for almost two years and required reading and various projects aren’t looming over me constantly, I want to spend some of my usual TV-time with a book instead. Along with trying to read more, I also wanted to start a book series on my blog so that I can a) stay motivated to read, b) look back on all of the books I’ve read that year, and c) share my thoughts with fellow readers who are looking for something to add to their “to-read” lists!
To kick off this “Cover to Cover” book series, I am going to be sharing my thoughts on #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso.
The first I heard of the book was when Sophia sat for a Q&A at a marketing conference I attended in 2015. I was immediately struck by her personality. Of course she looked absolutely amazing and fashionable, but she also looked rather uncomfortable at first. Whoa, she is actually human! was the first thought that ran through my head. It was a such a relief to hear her speak after all of the robotic and rehearsed marketing talks I had to sit through that day. She spoke about how she awkwardly stands in the corner at big parties, her dogs, how she started her company, and her favorite vintage piece that she ever sold. She was funny and relatable. Naturally after this I was dying to read her book. Luckily the hubz got it for me as a Christmas gift last month!
#GIRLBOSS is not your typical “rags to riches” story. It’s true, Sophia has truly achieved the textbook definition of the “American Dream.” Not the outdated white picket fence, two kids, and dog kind, but the more modern version: the owning a multi-million dollar business before the age of 30 kind. Her story for how she got to that point, however, is entirely unconventional. For example, the first thing she ever sold online was something she stole.
What I love most about the book is that Sophia is genuinely giving advice. Even if you never plan on starting your own business, she gives very helpful tips about financial planning, honing your creativity, and even interviewing for a job. She points out qualities about herself that made her successful, but she also critiques herself. There are times when she reflects on her past and admits there were things she did that she isn’t proud of, but that they helped shape her into the person she is today.
One of my favorite passages from the book is when she talks about luck:
“I hate the concept of luck, especially when people try to apply it to me. Yes, it’s true: Hundreds of thousands of businesses fail. Mine succeeded. Was that all just because I ‘got lucky’? I don’t really think so.
What I hate about luck is that it implies being devoid of responsibility. It implies that you can do nothing and then step into success as easily as stepping into a pile of dog poop on the sidewalk. It implies that success is something given to a knighted and often undeserving few. Luck tells us that we don’t control our own fate, and that our path to success or failure is written by someone, or something, entirely outside ourselves. Luck lets us believe that whatever happens, whether good or bad, it’s not to our credit or our fault. That is why I don’t buy luck.”
– Sophia Amoruso, #GIRLBOSS
If you’re looking for something to light your fire, this book is a great place to start. It’s an easy read and it comes from an authentic place: she truly wants to inspire girls to be successful, and that is evident with the amount and variety of advice she has to give. I personally loved when she talked about finances; we could all use a little help in that department!
Have you read #GIRLBOSS? What did you think of it? Let me know in the comments!