The founder of Nasty Gal offers a sassy and irreverent manifesto for ambitious young women
At seventeen, Sophia Amoruso decided to forgo continuing education to pursue a life of hitchhiking, dumpster diving, and petty thievery. Now, at twenty-nine, she is the Founder, CEO, and Creative Director of Nasty Gal, a $100+ million e-tailer that draws A-list publicity and rabid fans for its leading-edge fashion and provocative online persona. Her story is extraordinary—and only part of the appeal of #GIRLBOSS.
This aspirational book doesn’t patronize young women the way many business experts do. Amoruso shows readers how to channel their passion and hard work, while keeping their insecurities from getting in the way. She offers straight talk about making your voice heard and doing meaningful work.
She’s proof that you can be a huge success without giving up your spirit of adventure or distinctive style. As she 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.”
I don’t read business books for tips. I read them because I’m interested in the behind-the-scenes stuff! I like stories about people starting up businesses that take off like a rocket. Especially when they have such a great back ground as SA has! She was a freegan/gutter punk/anarchist shoplifter in her youth and now she’s running a huge business and buying expensive cars.
The thing that’s most confusing about business is that a lot of time success comes from a combination of talent and luck. Being the right place at the right time and having the courage to go for it (whatever IT is) can reap huge rewards! SA’s businesses started just as online stores were starting to become big; she had a talent for finding interesting vintage pieces and putting them into outfits. And she had the courage to ride the wave when it came and expanded from an ebay store to something even more fabulous.
It’s a great story, and SA’s voice in #GIRLBOSS is friendly and humorous. It’s a light, funny memoir with some weird motivational stuff mixed in.1 If you like those kinds of books, I recommend picking up #GIRLBOSS.
Read: November 2, 2014
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