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#GIRLBOSS: How to Write Your Own Rules While Turning Heads and Turning Profits | [Sophia Amoruso]

#GIRLBOSS: How to Write Your Own Rules While Turning Heads and Turning Profits

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.
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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. OK? Cool. Then let’s do this.”

©2014 Sophia Amoruso (P)2014 Penguin Audio

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    Jasmine 10-27-14
    Jasmine 10-27-14 Member Since 2011
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    "#BossBook!"

    This was by far so much better than I anticipated. I never intended on listening to #GirlBoss because I couldn't get past how cheesy the title was, but Goodreads offered this audiobook for free. So hey, who can say no to free? At only a little over 4 hours long, I expected some boring tale of how some rich girl stayed rich. Well, don't judge a book by it's cover because if that's the kind of book you're looking for...keep looking!

    I've never heard of NastyGal or Sophia Amoruso, so I was pleasantly surprised to hear she was just like me - a regular girl. She managed through hard work, diligence, and (she does not believe in luck) a persistent drive, to create a million dollar company - all before the age of 30!

    Amoruso's candid advice of how to become a girlboss was not intimidating, unlike other self-help books that can be overwhelming. I think a big part of that was due to the fact that she is just like the average Jane - trying to make it and get by; but she did much more than that. She became it.

    I'm definitely encouraged to become a girlboss after reading this. It is more than inspiring - it is encouraging and I feel as if my dreams are within my reach after listening to this book. The narrator also helped in this sentiment - because she sounded like a girl next door. I promise you will finish this book feeling like "If Sophia can do it, I know I can!".

    5 of 5 people found this review helpful
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    Margaret United States 06-30-14
    Margaret United States 06-30-14 Member Since 2010
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    "Red Bull to Sandberg's Skinny Vanilla Latte"

    This book is the Lean In for the Millenial Generation - fresh, bright, gritty, pragmatic, and fun. No less important than Lean In, and I bet Amouruso and Sandberg aren't too far apart in age - but worlds apart in perspective. Work ethic is the same. Women working their asses off, getting shit done.

    Better narrator than Lean In, as well. No whining.

    7 of 8 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 06-02-14
    Wendy 06-02-14 Member Since 2014
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    "Excellent Read"
    If you could sum up #GIRLBOSS in three words, what would they be?

    Great Plucking Read or Listen in this case.


    What other book might you compare #GIRLBOSS to and why?

    I have a read a 101 other business books and this is the only one that I thought was great from beginning to end. Others may strike a cord of brilliance here or there but rarely from start to finish. As a #girlboss of a fashion brand this book is a very relatable home run.


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    akilah 09-09-14
    akilah 09-09-14
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    "Great book for women ready to kick ass"
    Would you listen to #GIRLBOSS again? Why?

    Yes, this book is motivating & inspiring ...who doesn't need that


    What was one of the most memorable moments of #GIRLBOSS?

    This 50 dollars mean more to me than you..... This moment showed the author had guts before she had a dime


    What does Sara Jes Austell bring to the story that you wouldn’t experience if you just read the book?

    Great tone, she made the book feel like you were hearing a story from your girlfriend over lunch!


    Was there a moment in the book that particularly moved you?

    There were many moments that moved me.... Sorry I can't pick just one but overall the book just shows there is more than one way to become a boss


    Any additional comments?

    Great read for young women trying to figure it out

    2 of 3 people found this review helpful
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    Carmen 03-26-15
    Carmen 03-26-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great for Strong Women!!"

    I enjoyed her honesty and how raw she is! It's empowering to hear her struggles and mistakes and have her feel proud of them because they got her to where she is today! A must read!!

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    Julie Wrightsman chicago, IL USA 03-25-15
    Julie Wrightsman chicago, IL USA 03-25-15 Member Since 2013

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    "47 YO entrepreneur, I loved it!"

    Even though this book really wasn't written for me per se, I absolutely loved it. Being a business owner myself I could relate to so many of Sophia's experiences. But, I think I also learned a few things and much of her advice is always worth reiterating. Sometimes you can feel chewed up and spit out but Sophia reminds us to keep at it and look good while your doing it! Stay true to yourself. My 3 twenty something daughters will all be receiving a copy of this book.

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    Samantha Reese 03-19-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it!"

    I'm starting this book over, that's how much I love it! Every female entrepreneur should have this book.

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    heather 03-17-15
    heather 03-17-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Loved it."

    Funny and insightful. It was just right.

    Lots of great quotes and things to live by.

    "There's no karmic law that dictates your business will succeed if others fail. Wish them well and get on with it "

    Enjoy!

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    Darcie V 03-14-15
    Darcie V 03-14-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Magic is real!"

    This book has many great pointers on life. It's allowed me to reconnect with my eccentric personality.
    Congratulations on your success Sophia! Thank you for sharing with the world.

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    Yo 03-13-15
    Yo 03-13-15 Member Since 2014
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    "Clear generous share with basic ideas."

    This is a very generous book. Fearless, wild, strong character, wise, self awareness, work ethic... This is an amazing book. I believe it will help different people in different levels. It is an amazing hint for me. It's a book definitely worth to read.

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