#GIRLBOSS Book Review

It seems that I am a bit late onto this bandwagon, but since I spotted #GIRLBOSS in a thrift store in New York for $6 I had to give it a try. I can safely say I finished reading the book before I got home from my travels, it was definitely a page-turner. However, it wasn't exactly what I expected after hearing the hype that surrounded it a few years ago. What initially lead me to buy this book was the idea of it that I had formulated in my head. I thought it would be a book that just gave our motivational advice for 200 pages, but it was much more than that, it enlightened me to realising that success isn't just about the work you do, but it's also about the person you become and how you improve yourself through improving your projects/business.

The best way to define this book into a category is: autobiography combined with business/entrepreneur/personal advice. As a Depop seller myself, I found this book particularly useful for my selling and making my Depop mini-business as great as it can be, with tips on being persistent to your business and not giving up on what you put the effort into. I also love that this book promotes selling second hand vintage clothing and almost romanticises it to make it desirable! Although Sophia started her journey this way, the business advice she gives is applicable to anyone - you just have to think about it in the context of your own life.

I like the sections and order that the book is split into. How it starts with learning about Sophia's rise to business success, then continues on to her giving advice on how to reach success. This eases you into understanding why Sophia gives the advice she does at the end but also makes her advice feel personal, and honest. Because I like a good story, I enjoyed the first half of the book as I liked reading it as if it were a fiction book (if that makes sense.) It had more flow when talking about her life, the second half felt non-fiction, I wanted to make notes rather than simply listen to what she had to say. I loved the honest advice on cover letters, interviews and networking, from the perspective of someone who has really been through it all.

An element that I loved was the 'Portrait of a #GIRLBOSS' snippets at the end of each chapter. Showing that Sophia's success wasn't just applicable to her life, but also the lives of many other successful women. The whole book makes you want to be a #GIRLBOSS, makes you want to get on your productive shoes and walk straight out into success! For this reason, I think if you are a having a slump in the creative/work area of your life, read this book to kindly receive a kick up the arse to get on your feet and back at your full potential - it is bluntly written, it doesn't avoid the point, you will be told.

However, my expectations of the book caused the reality to be less exciting than I thought it would be. Which is my own fault really, by being convinced by the hype surrounding it, I imagined this book to be like the holy grail of advice self-help books. I was pleasantly surprised (in a way that also involved my disappointment if that is even possible.)

I would recommend anyone who wants some advice on being the best version of themselves to read this book. It's a simple read that leaves you feeling completely inspired and wanting to get sh*t done! The way that Sophia exposes her not-so-successful past makes her success look achievable, unlike the random pop up success stories that don't explain the rougher times needed to get to where they are now. Putting your heart into something will give out great results if you choose to let it.

The Blurb: 
"The first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn't fashion - it was a stolen book. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she'd taken for the health insurance. It was there that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and creative director of Nasty Gal, a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees. Sophia's never been a typical CEO, or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success, even when that path is winding as all hell and lined with naysayers. #GIRLBOSS includes Sophia's story, yet is infinitely bigger than Sophia. It's deeply personal yet universal. Filled with brazen wake-up calls ("You are not a special snowflake"), cunning and frank observations ("Failure is your invention"), and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal's meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that being successful isn't about how popular you were in high school or where you went to college (if you went to college). Rather, success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break. A #GIRLBOSS takes her life seriously without taking herself too seriously. She takes chances and takes responsibility on her own terms. She knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them. When to button up and when to let her freak flag fly. As Sophia 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. Okay? Cool. Then let's do this."

Have you read #GIRLBOSS? What did you think of it?

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