If there is one book that has been on everyone’s reading list lately, it’s #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal. Now, I have to admit that I’ve never shopped at Nasty Gal before and hadn’t even visited the site before I picked up this book. What I’m trying to say is that I didn’t pick #GIRLBOSS as our Book of the Month for June because I love to shop there or because it’s been everyone’s favorite book. I picked it because on the first page I opened to, Sophia quoted Wreck-It-Ralph. And that happened to be in the first chapter, so it could only get better from there, right? Right.
I devoured #GIRLBOSS in one afternoon. One Lush bath bomb, several cups of tea, and 239 pages later and I was ready to buy this book for all of my friends for Christmas. Except it’s not Christmas and I can’t really afford to do that so I just settled for sending some texts along the lines of “You need to read #GIRLBOSS right meow.”
Some of the lessons she learned resonated deeply with me and others I couldn’t really relate to, even in parallel (e.x., I’ve never hitchhiked and probably never will and I have nothing to really compare it to). Even still, there is not a wasted word in this book.
My two biggest takeaways from#GIRLBOSS:
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.
2. The successful road is unpaved.
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 successful road – 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.
I really, 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.
What did you think about #GIRLBOSS? How can you be a #GIRLBOSS in your own life?