Like most other reviewers, this is a book you can finish in days. Unless you have trouble finding time to read or hate reading. Then, maybe, I dunno, you probably don’t read blogs either.
Sophia Amoruso, founder and owner of Nastygal.com, writes with refreshing ease, neither assaulting the reader with self-help mantras nor harshly condemning the choices previous generations have made by going to Ivy League schools and working for a Fortune 500 company. She does however, explain, how and why hustling can be profitable and rewarding. Not hustling in the negative sense, like being a drug dealer or other illegitimate activities but hustling as in owning your own side business.
Her advice, life stories, and bon mots come from her position at the top, becoming wildly successful in the span of 7-8 years, busting her ass and never slowing down, all before turning 30. She appeals to the reader like an extremely successful older sister. Despite being a few years older, I could really relate to Sophia. While her advice seems tailored for young women, “girls”, in their twenties, I think older women can also respond to her importance on hard work, no fear, and learning things for yourself. Young women seem to want to advance due to outside influences to either please their parents or keep up with classmates. Older women with work experience under their belt have seen opportunities pass them by and are more primed to create more opportunities for themselves.
While I have not read Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In, I had just finished Dave Ramsey’s The Total Money Makeover just prior to reading #GIRLBOSS. Amoruso espouses many of the same money management tips, such as the golden rule “Cash is King” and the blessing that is starting a company without loans. Both Amoruso and Ramsey explain the ability to build wealth either for yourself or your company once you are debt free. Both stress the importance of having a good team, especially if you are not good at numbers. You don’t have to struggle to do everything yourself. Surround yourself with people you trust and that have a way of making sure you perfectly understand the process.
Here are my five favorite takeaways from #GIRLBOSS;
- 1. As a leader if you do not understand something, speak up and ask questions. Do not be embarrassed, it is essential you understand because you are responsible for all the people working for you.
- 2. Listen, observe and form relationships with your customer base. Be observant, see what people respond to and always find free marketing.
- 3. Work hard and don’t ever say “that’s not my job”. Those that aren’t above doing whatever task falls into their lap will advance and prove they are an asset.
- 4. If success happens, there will be many others looking to tear you down. Do not try to fight back or get involved. Focus on making your brand a head and shoulders above the rest.
- 5. Money looks better in the bank. Do not spend everything. Money in the bank will give you more clout and can save your company when bad or tight times may come your way.
Readers, what are your thoughts? Are you interested in reading this book? Are you looking to handle your career “LIKE A BAWSE”?