If there is one book that has been on everyone’s reading list at one point or another, it’s #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal. There are many great lessons throughout the book, but I immediately loved it because on the first page I opened to, Sophia quoted Wreck-It-Ralph–it could only get better from there, right? Right.
It’s been a while since I read the book the first time, but it’s such a good book it deserves to be revisited every now and again. Some of the lessons she learned resonated deeply with me and others I couldn’t really relate to, even in parallel. Even still, there is not a wasted word in this book.
I personally believe there are messages for everyone in this book, no matter what phase of your career you’re in. Below are four key lessons that I carry with me nearly 18 months after reading this book:
1. Being a #GIRLBOSS takes hard work… a lot of hard work.
Nothing in life worth having comes easy and embracing your inner #GIRLBOSS is one of those things. Becoming a #GIRLBOSS isn’t a promotion, it’s an attitude and a way of life. You wake up everyday with the intention of giving it your all.
No job is too small, too dirty, too hard, or too tedious – a real #GIRLBOSS is willing to do it all, whenever she has to.
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2. There is no road to success.
There is no road to success. Success is not a destination, it’s the name of the road you’re on. We need to let go of the idea of working hard for a few years and then reaping the benefits of that work. Setting a goal and reaching it is great, but once you’re at the top, it takes even more work to stay there.
And here’s another thing about the road named success – it’s not a paved road. There is no smooth sailing across the mountains and the valleys. Your road is going to have ups and downs, you might even have to pull over and reconvene and decide if you’re still going in the right direction.
3. Hands-on learning is the best kind of learning.
Many times throughout her career trajectory, you will see that Sophia didn’t always know what she was doing but she did it anyway. In my opinion that is the best way to learn.
Get hands-on and dive right into whatever it is your contemplating. Sure, you are going to fail, but that’s okay because without failure, you’ll never understand what it means to get something right. Life is mediocre without failure.
4. You’ve got to be your own biggest cheerleader.
We all have support systems and people who care and are rooting for us, but at the end of the day you are responsible for you.
No one else is going to understand exactly what you’re going through or truly comprehend your vision. In the tough moments, you need to root for yourself.
Overall I really enjoyed this book. It was a fun, relatable read that both motivated and comforted me. I don’t have it all together and that’s okay because nobody truly does, but that’s just part of being a #GIRLBOSS.
What did you think about #GIRLBOSS?
Parts of this article appeared in my first review here.
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