Instead of my traditional book review format, I’m going to do something different this time around. #GIRLBOSS is a half-memoir, half-professional advice book by Sophia Amoruso, the Founder and CEO of Nasty Gal, which is the fastest growing online retailer in the world. Amoruso tells the ultimate underdog story of a college dropout who was diagnosed with ADD, committed petty theft, hitchhiked with strangers, and more—and ended up being a multi-millionaire by the age of 30. Nasty Gal started as an eBay shop for vintage clothing and turned into a huge online retail venture in just five years.
A natural raconteur, Amoruso gives incredible advice in her signature mixture of wit and storytelling. From talking about past relationships to finances to résumé advice, she covers everything and always stays motivational. But don’t think she sugarcoats anything—she keeps it real and gives the advice to ambitious women everywhere that will keep them grounded and well prepared.
Ever since I started reading this book, I’ve recommended it to every woman I know. It’s inspiring, well written, hilarious and positive. So just as a sneak peek to the amazingness that is this book, here are my 13 favorite quotes from #GIRLBOSS.
- The energy you’ll expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol.
- You don’t get what you don’t ask for.
- There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.
- You get back what you put out, so you might as well think positively, focus on visualizing what you want instead of getting distracted by what you don’t want, and send the universe your good intentions so that it can send them right back.
- Soon you’ll see that fortune favors the bold who get shit done.
- You have to kick people out of your head as forcefully as you’d kick someone out of your own house if you didn’t want them to be there.
- When your goal is to gain experience, perspective and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility.
- 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.
- You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create.
- But difficult doesn’t mean impossible, and out of the bajillions of things in this universe that you can’t control, what you can control is how hard you try, and if or when to pack it in.
- So when life hits you with something unexpected, you have to be prepared to hit right back—and leave your own smear in the process.
- Compete with yourself, not with others.
- If you start listening, you should find that your heart has known what’s up all along.