Sophia Amoruso is inspiring. Why? Because, by her own admission, she was a bit of a bum – she dropped out of school, lived on the streets, got fired from most of her jobs, shoplifted and generally acted like she didn’t give a f*** – but now she’s the founder and CEO of a multi-million pound fashion company, Nasty Gal.
In her book – #GIRLBOSS – there’s no crap; there’s no ‘everyone is a unique delicate flower’; she says it like it is – life can be tough but if you work hard you can be successful. It’s not a Jordan Belfort guide to being a Wall Street wanker, it’s a ‘say it like it is’ guide to being awesome.
So what is a #GIRLBOSS? (And if you’re getting annoyed by the hash tag, calm yourselves – you’ll not find any gimmicky rubbish inside.) Sophia describes a #GIRLBOSS as “someone who’s in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it…you take control and accept responsibility. You’re a fighter – you know when to throw punches and when to roll with them. Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always on your own terms. You know where you’re going, but can’t do it without having some fun along the way. You value honesty over perfection. You ask questions. You take life seriously, but you don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re going to take over the world, and change it in the process. You’re a badass.”
In that case, I’d like to be a #GIRLBOSS please. And now we’ve established that, what other treats does Sophia have in store? Well, it’s not all amusing anecdotes about her former life as a smelly freeloader, there are some proper solid pieces of advice that I’d imagine some men might find useful too, such as saving a minimum of 10% of your salary each month. Sophia suggests treating your savings account like just another bill that has to be paid each month – set up a direct debit, wang that cash in there and forget about it. And the funds that you accumulate? They’re for emergencies only, not holidays or shoes. To sum it up – money looks better in the bank than on your feet.
Now, for some of you, that might sound like the most obvious piece of advice in the world, but to plenty of others (myself included) it’s a timely reminder to sort my financial life out!
Other gems include:
“Life is short. Don’t be lazy.”
“You combine hard work, creativity, and self-determination, and things start to happen.”
“Figure out what you love doing and don’t suck at, and then try to figure out how to make a living doing that. Don’t be scared. We’re all going to die, it’s just a question of when and where so be brave! You’ll never regret trying to fulfill your dream.”
I love this woman. Seriously. She’s a ball-buster with a sense of humour inviting other women to step up to the plate, take control and live awesome lives – not that they deserve but that they’ve earned.