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Tuesday, February 24, 2015

#GirlBoss: Book Review

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I'm a creative at heart with a dash of interest for all things business. Not to mention I'm a major fan of anything involving the fashion industry. And of course like many I typically carry two books around: a notebook for ideas and the current book I'm reading. My favorite go to previously was Kelly Cutrone's, "If You Have to Cry, Go Outside: And Other Things Your Mother Never Told You", which I still highly recommend. However, #Girlboss by Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso has easily become my new favorite go to book.

#Girlboss follows Sophia's journey as a young adult who didn't really fit in to someone who has one of the highest grossing online stores in fashion today. I first read about Sophia in Inc. Magazine and I was immediately blown away. In all her interviews and in her book, she comes across as someone who is humble, knows what they want and how to get it and has what my 8th grade history teacher would call, mental toughness. She's the ultimate girl boss.

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The Nuggets of Wisdom:

When I first went through the book, I had a highlighter in hand and ended up using all the ink in two highlighters. Every page is either highlighted, bunny eared, or both. I have scribbles in pen in the margins of almost 50% of the book. Every page offers something inspirational to take from.

From Marketing advice,
"Who cares if a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it? The tree still falls."

"Many companies were spending millions of dollars trying to nail social media, but I just went with my instincts and treated my customers like they were my friends."

"What made me a success wasn't necessarily what I sold, but how I sold it."

To the financial advice you wished someone told you back in school,
"Growing up in the suburbs, I saw it all the time: the flaunted backyard pool or the new monster truck. These things often weren't a sign of what these people could afford, but only of what they could borrow."

"Money looks better in the bank than on your feet."

To the tough truth,
"You do not automatically deserve a raise just because you've been somewhere for a certain amount of time."

"The only factor that affects your chance of getting a raise is whether or  not you've earned it."

"You can't act like you've arrived when you're only receiving the invitation."

Throughout #Girlboss Sophia remained honestly blunt, something that that's refreshing. Because let's be honest, no one in memoirs really is honest anymore.

Portrait of a #Girlboss:

Throughout the book, Sophia placed short snippets from the people she considers to be girl bosses. Names like Leandra Medine, Ashley Gloriso, and Alexi Wasser appear in these pages. If you've ever seen the Portrait of a #Girlboss on NastyGal's Youtube (Or website), these pages are the exact same. A concentration of knowledge and wisdom within a short page or two. They perfectly tie into the book, leaving you wanting more.

The knowledge:

#Girlboss not only covers how to run a badass business without any debt and how to turn a ebay shop into a multi-million dollar corporation, but also how to write a resume, how to stand out at a job application, and how to change your goals as easily as you make them.

The book plain and simple, isn't for everyone. If you don't care about the fashion industry or business knowledge, or books that don't promise you the world just for being there, then don't even bother reading the back flap. #Girlboss is blunt and it's a kick in the pants with a bit of a call to action sewed in. Being a #Girlboss, you're going to get called out, people will think you're too much, you're too powerful, too demanding, your dreams are too outlandish, or they'll flat out call you a bitch. This book is for those who fit into that category. Who want to take the world by its horns and who aren't afraid to stand out.

The Look:

Let's just get this out there, it's a pink book with a salmon or white hardcover and it's filled with black pages that contain quotes and drawings that also contain quotes. It's a perfect representation of what the book is about and how NastyGal carries itself as a company. The drawings are something you want to brag about on social media...in fact I did. You'll want to snap a picture of the step by step guides and send it to all your friends saying, "Guess how awesome this book is!"...and my friends will tell you, I spammed the crap out of them the first time I read this book doing just that.

Overall:

#Girlboss may not be everyones cup of tea but in all fairness it doesn't try to be. It isn't one of those books that claims everyone's their target market and everyone's lives will be changed from reading it. Because let's be honest, it's a book. The only change it will cause is the change you put into progress because you were inspired to.

But this book will leave you inspired, even if it's to start dressing more like a boss or to realize your ideas have validity. When you're a girl boss, you're going to get treated like your ideas are too much by small minded people. #Girlboss tells you to embrace that and realize you're sitting on a goldmine. But it also gets the point across that if you want something you have to a) work for it and b) ask for it.

Marketing student with a focus in visual marketing with a addiction to coffee.

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