Girl Boss Book Review

My second book review! Yay, just a little over a month since my last one which was The Power of Habit if you haven't seen that yet. Now this book is not as explicitly "educational" as that one; it's more a biography/story of how Sophia Amoruso built her widely popular company NastyGal.com from a vintage eBay store. Which unfortunately as I finished reading this has recently filed for bankruptcy and Sophia Amoruso announced her departure from the company. But by no means does this lessen the value of her book and story. You really have to read it yourself to get into the details and all the mini lessons she teaches. 

This book is honestly one of those that make you want to get out (maybe not literally) and do something! One of the things that spoke to me the most, (and for the life of me I can't find anymore in the book to reference) was this part where she talked about the 1%. How wanting to be a part of the 1% has this connotation of being a part of the mega rich in the world, but another way to look at it is to try and be the 1% of whatever you do. Do what you like to do to the best of your ability and strive to be part of that 1%. To be honest, I like this so much that I kind of want to get it tattooed on my hand (but we will see about that ^^;). 

Anyways, I think the reason that I can relate to this so much is that a lot of focus, while you're in school and in life, is about making money. To some degree, I believed up until maybe my second-year university that it was my purpose in life. However, I soon started questioning if I that's what I really wanted to do? Buy all the material things I want? Or was it society that conditioned me? Or to satisfy my parents? Or just for other people in general? So since I started realizing that a high paying job or physical things don't really make me happy, money has stopped motivating me as much. Don't get me wrong, there are of course things I still want, and there's nothing wrong with being motivated by money. Just for me, I come to a realization money is not what drives me to do what I do. I realized I'm more motivated by creation and progress. I chase the feeling of happiness I get knowing I'm moving forward and doing exactly what I want to do.

Back to the book, so although I'm not going to summarize her story, I have found this book especially quotable so here are some lines from the book that may or may not make sense out of context, but stood out to me. :)

You shouldn’t idolize anyone. And I’m telling you again, don’t idolize me. I don’t know shit. And neither do your parents. But if I can pull any of this off, so can you. Take that and run with it.


(This, I think is one of the most important points of this book. She told her story to show how everyone can do things differently, and that you should do what is right for you, motivates you and works best for you. She reiterates again and again about how things are "usually" done and how she and other #girlbosses have done differently. Don't limit yourself just because you can't do it like other people!)

I didn’t find Nasty Gal. I created it.
There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure
I may not have gone where I intended to go, but I think have ended up where I needed to be
— Douglas Adams
If you’re frustrated because you’re not getting what you want, stop for a second: Have you actually flat-out asked for it? If you haven’t, stop complaining. You can’t expect the world to read your mind. You have to put it out there, and sometimes putting it out there is as simple as just saying “Hey, can I have that?”
Treat your mind like your money; Don’t waste it
It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things
— Leonardo da Vinci
As hard as it is, stop caring so much about what other people think. Find a way to hear what you want. Recognize what is your dream. And then put everything you have into that: your work, the relationships you surround yourself with, the food you put in your body. Everything you have control over in your world should feed that dream and make you feel like a #GIRLBOSS!
— Christene Barberich
All humans are entrepreneurs not because they should start companies but because the will to create is encoded in human DNA
— Reid Hoffman
Curiosity about life in all of its aspects, I think, is still the secret of great creative people
— Leo Burnett
When you don’t dress like everyone else, you don’t have to think like everyone else
— Iris Apfel
You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create
...difficult doesn’t mean impossible, and out of the bajillions of things in this universe that you can’t control, what you can control is how hard you try, and if or when to pack it in
Compete with yourself, not with others. Judge yourself on what is your personal best and you’ll accomplish more than you could ever have imagined
The more you experiment, take risks, and make mistakes, the better you’ll know yourself, the better you’ll know the world, and the more focused you’ll be
And once you’ve found success, don’t stop. It’s not about being insatiable; it’s about not resting on your laurels.