“A #GIRLBOSS is someone who’s in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.” BAM! And those are the words straight from Sophia Amoruso, the ultimate #GIRLBOSS & #BADAZZ if you’d ask me.
I know I am really late on the bandwagon here with reading this book, but better late than never, am I right or am I right! This book has my mind going 100 mph, with all the Goals I want to Make into Successes. And I believe that was Sophia’s intent – to raise up an army of all the #GIRLBOSSES of the world. Now this book is a bit of a different read from “Lean In” & “You Can You Will”, both books I have read. What can I say I love books that are going to take me higher; empower me to be better. Sophia’s story does not originate from being popular, or from being the head of her class, nor working at a fancy smanzy fashion corp. Her story originates from just using her inner creativity and a yearn to do what she wants on her time, as she states in her book “It taught me that when I do things because I want to do them, and not because I have to, I can accomplish a lot.” If there was any face tagged to those inspirational quotes like just go for it – it would be Sophia’s #selfie. And might I say she’s super flawless in person and is quite transparent as she engages with her fans. I met her at the #FunFearlesLife Cosmo event (pictures below). She said she loved my style – I think I was high on life for about an hour after that, Ha!
This book lit a fire under my ass to say the least. It was always in my career plan to open up my own little boutique, and it still is. But now that the monster of the DOT COM is gaining as much momentum as brick and mortars, I can start small just as Sophia did. So therefore I will be opening an online shop on ebay just to sell my clothing and then as it picks up, my children’s clothing. I have such abundance and some things I only wore once and got over it, but that doesn’t mean it won’t look fab on you! Info to come soon on that. Below are the pointers from the #GIRLBOSS herself.
- Be your own idol – The energy you’ll expend focusing no someone else’s life is better spent working on your own.
- Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities.
- It takes a special kind of stubbornness to succeed as an entrepreneur. And anyway, you don’t get what you don’t ask for. Be quick at moving from failures. Take nothing at face value. Fight for your ideas. There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.
- You don’t get what you don’t ask for.
- You get back what you put out, so you might as well think positively, focus on visualizing what you want instead of getting distracted by what you don’t want, and send the universe your good intentions so that it can send them right back.
- _magical thinking is the alchemy that you can use to visualize and project yourself into the professional and personal life that you want.
- You can’t convince someone else that you’re amazing and terrific if you don’t actually think you are.
- This isn’t the false confidence that comes from getting a bunch of “likes” on your Instagram selfies, but a deep-down unshakeable self-confidence that persists even when things aren’t going all that great.
- Surround yourself with people who are engaged, honest, and confident enough on their own quest to support you on yours.
- What all of these jobs taught me is that you have to be willing to tolerate some shit you don’t like –at least for a while. This is what my parents’ generation would call “character building”, but I prefer to call it “#GIRLBOSS training.” But no matter what the details of the situation, how much you learn from it’s entirely up to you.
- _you’ll soon find that the more you know what you want, the less you’re willing to put up with what you don’t. One of the best things about life – a reason not to go blindly after one goal and one goal only – is that sometimes you will take you to something that is way cooler than anything you would have consciously set out to do in the first place.
- Don’t get so focused on one particular opportunity that you’re blind to other ones that come up.
- The first piece of advice I can give you is to learn to separate your money from your emotions as much as you possibly can.
- Spend money because it’s an investment in your own well-being, not because you’re bored and have nothing else to do.
- Money looks better in the bank than on your feet
- _money spells freedom.
- If you learn to control your finances, you won’t find yourself stuck in jobs, places or relationships that you hate just because you can’t afford to go elsewhere.
- _so start making smart decisions now to avoid paying for stupid ones later.
- Take care of the small things so that the big things can happen much more easily.
- Do not spend more money than you have.
- Another big no-no is increasing your spending as soon as your income increases.
- #GIRLBOSS, when your time spent making money is significantly greater than your time spent spending money, you will be amazed at how much you can save without even really thinking about it.
- You can’t act like you’ve arrived when you’re only just receiving the invitation.
- Treat your savings account like just another bill. It has to be paid every month, or there are consequences.
- There is no dignity quite impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means. – Calvin Coolidge
Starting Her Business & Keeping Her Business
- Free Tools: Google, You tube and Looking at similar businesses. LinkedIn has made it easier than ever before to connect with people who can help you get ahead. Also, know how to get free marketing. Enter Social Media
- Howard Stevenson’s – entrepreneurship is the pursuit of opportunity without regard to resources currently controlled.
- Nasty Gal vintage was about more than just selling stuff, but this proved it: What we were really doing was helping girls to look and feel awesome before they left the house.
- Know your customer and go my with your instinct, treat customers like they are your friends.
- What made me more successful wasn’t necessarily what I sold, but how I sold it. I cared as much about the process as I did about the results.
- The better approach is to tweak and grow, tweak and grow. I call it the incremental potential.
Rule # 1 – Just do a good job. Through the styling, photography, and the voice of the brand, Nasty Gal was an exciting place to shop but if our customers weren’t equally as stoked when they are holding one of our products in their hands, then that excitement lived and died on the internet.
Rule # 2 – Keep your promises. Customers become not only loyal, but also evangelical. It was the kind of natural word of mouth that can’t be bought.
Rule # 3 – Give your customers something to share – I work hard to create the best and most compelling images, words and content for our customers.
It’s the GENERATION OF THE #GIRLBOSS, let’s do it!