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
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.
1st. I loved it ! The reader was great, I could actually listen to her without falling asleep (which I tend to do when the voice is boring or there are no voice inflections). Awesome.
Work your ass of for what you want! Start your own business if you don't fit in and/or don't like to have a boss.
It is a book that got me hooked from the beginning till the end...and that ...it's really challenging when it comes to me. It is simple, straightforward and very powerful. You have the impression that Sophia is talking to you.
Plus...it is full of stories that you can re-tell. I love stories and I really think that most of all...those are the things that I'll remember.
Thanks for this book
Great Plucking Read or Listen in this case.
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.
Raw, humorous, humorous, and most of all - inspiring! As I went through the book, a bunch of light bulbs began to ding and ping in my head!
Yes, it has a lot of great nuggets of information and it's written in a raw kind of truth that is refreshing and inspiring. I'm probably older than the author (or perhaps the same age) and I was still impressed with her insight.
Yes, this book is motivating & inspiring ...who doesn't need that
This 50 dollars mean more to me than you..... This moment showed the author had guts before she had a dime
Great tone, she made the book feel like you were hearing a story from your girlfriend over lunch!
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
Great read for young women trying to figure it out
Yay super fun read especially on a flight from LA to NY.
Main character as book is about her duh.
Fun narrator, well if you're a young lady, maybe older men wouldn't like it.
I think that they are both equally great. I liked the audiobook version, because I could listen to it anywhere, even at work.
Sophia is such a doll.
I haven't. I think she's great.
I love how motivated and inspired I was after reading this book.
Probably. Since it's not really a fiction story you don't have to worry about anyone acting badly. It was light enough for me to listen to without any issue but I don't know how much of a page-turner it would be.
I didn't really have a reaction to the ending. It pretty much ends exactly as you'd expect.
Nothing really. This book does tell an inspiring story...but didn't really open my eyes to any new information that I could use as motivation.
I have not had the print, but this audio version has made me put it on my Christmas list. And this is the only Christmas gift I am giving.
Sophia, herself! Her story was not just a good read, but a challenge to make one succeed. Self sacrifice, efficiency, unlikely opportunities, and risk taking. Formulas for success. And the hitch hiking back rubbing partner she took on mid way! LMBO!
Her voice was soothing. Allowed the words to be heard they way Sophia would have said them to you if she was sitting in front of you at a book club meeting in the suburbs. LOL
The beginning, the middle, the end. No particular chapter moved me. The book was simply awe inspiring from the preface to last page.
Good Head Sophia. This book should be on high school and middle school curriculum nation wide.
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