What does it take to write a great memoir? A good story line? A dynamic vocabulary? Creative writing talent?
Perhaps it’s all three. But perhaps it’s none of the above. Perhaps it’s just the ability to be honest with yourself so you can be honest with your reader.
That’s the kind of tone in Sophia Amoruso’s #GirlBoss.
While the language is primitive, the writing far from creative - the ability for Amoruso to get real with life by getting real with herself creates a natural ability to connect with all kinds of readers, not just Millennials. (Though I’m sure the majority of the girls who read this book are definitely in that category.) Don’t let the pretty-in-pink cover fool you.
While I originally thought this book a nice PR plight (she does dedicate the book to her customers) from an incredibly lucky, successful woman who, of course, grew up in California, the way in which Amoruso has total disregard for the standard corporate language, corporate identity and overall business mindset makes me want to keep reading.
Perhaps it is because she announces she is stepping down as CEO from Nasty Gal just as I was in the middle of the book - on video where she also announces a third store opening soon, but didn’t announce it at the same time.
From dumpster diving to VC pitching, this chick has lived a life from one extreme to the next, which is why I think her acute bluntness works.
The fact that hearing "no" time and again didn’t stop her from pursuing her career really resonated with me. More than that, the negativity she continued to receive from others didn’t affect what she thought, not only about herself, but about her brand.
In a world where everyone is fighting to make it to the top - especially women - it can get pretty nasty. (Pardon the pun.) Still, the ones who can learn from tough situations, rise to the top, think differently and define success for themselves - not let others dictate success to them - these are the ones who define a #GirlBoss.
Amoruso’s unapologetic opinion about women in business is attractive. Each chapter describes a personal experience and concludes a personal opinion about what happens when you do what you want and when you do what you’ve always dreamed of.
It’s an easy read. More importantly, it will get you thinking about how your past affects your present and how your present creates your future.
I will conclude with a few of quotes that I highlighted in my copy of #GirlBoss.
What I know now is that nothing is universally boring - what’s boring to you could be totally engaging to someone else.
When you approach everything as if it’s a big, fun experiment, then it’s not that big of a deal if things don’t work out. IF the plan changes, than can be event better. There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure...start looking now - they are everywhere.
Breaking the rules just for fun is too easy - the real challenge lies in perfecting the art of knowing which rules to accept and which to rewrite.
When you take care of the little things, you’ll be pleasantly surprised to find out that the big things often happen much more easily.
When your time spend making money is significantly greater than your time spent spending money, you will be amazed at how much you can save without even really thinking about it.
The advantage of being naive is being able to believe in oneself when no one else will.