#Girlboss ペーパーバック – 2015/8/6
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In this New York Times bestselling sensation, founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal Sophia Amoruso shares her story and inspires women everywhere to join the #GIRLBOSS movement.
'#GIRLBOSS is more than a book . . . #GIRLBOSS is a movement' Lena Dunham
'A millennial alternative to Lean In' New York Magazine
'A compellingly motivational read' The Telegraph
'The book you need in your life' Marie Claire
*Winner of the 2014 Goodreads Choice Award for Best Business Book*
In the space of ten years, Sophia Amoruso has gone from high-school dropout to founder and Executive Chairman of Nasty Gal, one of the fastest-growing retailers in the world.
Sophia's never been a typical executive, or a typical anything, and she's written #GIRLBOSS for other girls like her: outsiders (and insiders) seeking a unique path to success.
Filled with brazen wake-up calls, cunning and frank observations, and behind-the-scenes stories from Nasty Gal's meteoric rise, #GIRLBOSS covers a lot of ground. It proves that success doesn't come from where you went to college or how popular you were in school. Success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.
Inspiring, motivating and empowering, #GIRLBOSS will give you the kick up the ass you need to reach your potential.
#GIRLBOSS is more than a book and Sophia Amoruso is more than a purveyor of (fine and fly) garments. #GIRLBOSS is a movement - a philosophy for making your work life as fun, fresh and raunchy as your personal adventures. Sophia encourages us to own the qualities we've previously been ashamed of (bossiness, crudeness, petty thievery) in order to become the masters of our own destiny, financially independent and radically ourselves. I'm so in (Lena Dunham)
A great book about starting a business from scratch. I [love] her story of ambition and hard work! Check it out (Reese Witherspoon)
The Cinderella of tech (New York Times)
Bold and honest... #Girlboss is a gift (Forbes)
Starkly brilliant (Huffington Post)
A millennial alternative to Lean In (The Cut New York Magazine)
The book you need in your life ... a simultaneously funny, warm, inspiring and straight-talking guide on how to go about getting shit done (Marie Claire)
A compellingly motivational read (The Telegraph)
Deeply personal and filled with brazen, hilarious moments and cunning and frank observations, don't be surprised if you laugh out loud (SheerLuxe)
Amoruso's voice is accessible and charmingly self-deprecating without losing the effortless cool that characterizes her clothes...Being anti-establishment is teh old cool. The new cool is playing by your own rules and still winning by their standards (New York Times Book Review)
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I wish I had known her company was being sued for wrongful termination of several ill and pregnant employees. Amongst other complaints and her own recent failures. I've read half of this book and for the first time in my life from purchasing a book I want to return it. She says in the beginning that it is not meant to inspire. What??? So I then assumed it was to merely entertain. But after reading how she scammed and stole and she basically brags about it. I'm having a hard time relating or let alone enjoying a book about a woman who grew up upper middle class, is now one of the wealthiest women in the world, and basically has never had much of a moral compass. This is what I've taken away from the first 5 chapters. Pass.
Unfortunately, it did not come with a paid return label and the shipping would cost almost as much as the book. Lesson learned.
I started reading it once before thinking it would be a self help book teaching me how to run my business and giving me pointers. Boy was I wrong.
At the time, it wasn't the book I was looking for so I put it back on my shelf and moved on.
Then a few weeks ago I found the show Girl Boss on Netflix and ended up binge watching it for 2 days straight. I was curious when I noticed it say it was "loosely" based on the book. So I pulled it back off my shelf and started reading it again.
First, when they said "loosely," they meant it.
Having said that I have to tell you, I ended up binge reading the book in the same manner as the show. I looked forward to nothing more in the morning then waking up, pouring my morning coffee, and diving into #GIRLBOSS while the house was still quiet.
Sophia tells the story of how she built her business from an eBay store she opened while she was bored, then grew it into the mega business it is today. The fact that she did it all using street smarts, her own intuition, and little to no educational background in business is amazing.
Her vibrant, take no crap attitude comes through this book in full force. Add a little humor and it made for a very fun read. It is easy to see how she got where she is so fast.
Although this is not a book on how you can start your own business, she gives some pretty solid advice on things to do, and not to do in the business world, through her own experiences. The excerpts from other business women were also a nice touch.
I will definitely be incorporating some of what I learned here into running my own business. It was the right kick in the butt I needed to keep me going. If that's what your looking for and you love a person with some attitude in her personality, this might be the book for you.
+ This book is incredibly compelling. I finished the entire thing on one 4-hour flight on 3 hours of sleep. She (or her ghostwriter) is a great storyteller.
+ It truly is inspiring to read about a type of success not born of traditional privilege or ambition - I hope this book gets a lot of other young women out there to kick-start their dreams.
+ I really appreciate that she didn't focus on gender at all - this wasn't a "girl power!" book so much as it was an "entrepreneur power!" book written by a girl.
The less good:
+ I had never heard of Nasty Gal before I picked this up. Never mind that I'm a fashion-oriented mid-20s female - I'll assume this is on me. Sophia seems to think her company is God's gift to Earth - I found her completely presumptuous both in her evaluation of her own brand equity, and hyperbolic in her descriptions of Nasty Gal as a "huge, explosive success" (I live and work in Silicon Valley, where nonprofits get $20M in funding annually easy and companies grow from 1 to 350 employees in two years - let's have a sense of scale here.)
+ There was a consistent thread of put-downs and humblebrags in here, which happen to be two stylistic choices I absolutely deplore. Sophia claims to have done poorly in school because of the rigid system and been fired from jobs because she didn't care enough to try (essentially excusing herself from blame). She disses investors/VC culture, MySpace (the original foundation for her business), "boring" people with 9-to-5s, eBay, and several poor unnamed employees of hers. I get it - she loves herself. I just pray to God that no young woman reading this ever thinks it's ok to be this self-righteous.
+ She never once thanks anyone. She had some nice words about some coworkers, but she never acknowledges the support her family gave her even as she was essentially a parenting failure, never thanks her customers for driving awareness of her brand, never admits that some of her colleagues are at least part of the reason behind her company's success.
+ She plays the victim so much but never acknowledges any real failures (and now, hiring someone you thought was right for the role and then having to fire them isn't a failure - it's a rhetorical device used to assert your authority in this book.) She whines about "catty" retailers and petty competitors and never once steps down from her high horse to admit to the very real failures that affect every new business (like screwing up orders, dissatisfied customers, mis-spending capital, etc.)
In sum, I hope I never get stuck in an elevator with Sophia, but I'm glad my flight went by quickly.