Book Review of Girl Boss by Sophia Amoruso
Three of My Favorite Quotes from Girl Boss...
"Unless you're the child of a Billionaire, work is something you have to do, so make it something you enjoy." Page 62
"Forcing me to figure out how to provide for myself was probably one of he best things my parents did for me." Page 108
"It is she who listens to the rest of the world who fails and it is she who has enough confidence to define success and failure for herself who succeeds." Page 139
Sophia Amoruso gives candid insight and reflection on her journey from a broke, directionless twenty-two year old to becoming the founder, CEO and creative director of a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees. She's a self-proclaimed "outsider" with an inspirational story about what happens when you take charge of your life, play to your strengths, find a way to do what you love, follow your gut and know which rules to follow and which to break.
Sophia Amoruso is oh so Bossy! She recognized her power, created her lane, then paid cash for the Porsche she drives in it. Well, there were many steps in between (shoplifting, hitchhiking, and even socking a chick in the nose), which she details and declares that "The straight and narrow is not the only path to success." Ha!! No high horse or rich parents got her to her success. She worked, learned as much as possible and made good decisions.
The core of her messaging that resonates most with me comes in Chapter 6, titled "Hocus-pocus: The Power of Magical Thinking". In the chapter she quotes novelist, Roald Dahl, "Those who don't believe in magic will never find it" and goes on to define magical thinking as "the alchemy that you can use to visualize and project yourself into the professional and personal life you want." Amoruso details the intentional ways she infuses reminders of her claimed success into her life so that her desires are embedded into her subconscious. She says, "Taking the time to think about what you rally want and doing something about it...embeds these wishes into your subconscious, and then your subconscious makes it happen, even when the conscious part of your brain is busy doing something else." I nearly hit the roof with a holler of Hallelujah when I read this. The excitement you get when you someone finds the perfect words to express some profound wisdom you know is true. As throughout the book, she's raw, real and sarcastically hilarious as she shares the experiences she's had and the lessons she's learned. Her final advice of the chapter: "Focus on the positive things in your life and you'll be shocked at how many more positive things that happening. But before you start to think you just got lucky, remember that it's magic, and you made it yourself." Of course, I want to add some God, Universe and Divine Order in there, but after all, we are each our own cup of God.
I highly recommend this read for you, your little cousin, your aunt that needs a second wind after being worn down by her day job...or any other woman that wants to awaken her inner Girl Boss!