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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!".

    4 of 4 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.

    6 of 7 people found this review helpful
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    Wendy 06-02-14
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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 Member Since 2014
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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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    Abby 02-27-15
    Abby 02-27-15 Member Since 2014
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    "#GirlPower"

    Great book for women of any age, especially those starting out in their careers or recently looking for a little extra inspiration in their workday!

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    xao vang 02-22-15
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    "This is a great book to read!!!"

    Loved it? Struggled to finish?
    I found this book helpful. It is very interesting book. I'd recommend this book to any Gal who wants to start their own business.

    Most memorable moment?
    When she gives people motivation to do better for themselves. Great advices.

    Narrator?
    She's good. She makes it seem so real as if it was Sophia was telling her own stories.

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    frequent_traveler 02-21-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Easy reading"

    Very easy reading. Inspiring. More for teenagers. But I got some good info from it. It's okay. For young-ins.

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    Mairi MacDonald 02-20-15
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    "Fantastic!"

    As a business owner preparing to launch I got some great take away pieces of advice. Also think it's a great book for early 20's starting out. It's a success stories with lots of details.


    Loved the way it was presented.

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    "Very cool"

    Exceptional story told by a real live person in a way that is interesting and informative.

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    Melissa 02-10-15
    Melissa 02-10-15 Member Since 2015
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    "Great read, to the point"

    Enjoyed hearing this inspiring story of a girl using her creativity to seek resources and begin a start up business. Love Sofia's the sense of humor.

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