When you come across a memorable book, it is definitely worth mentioning. When you come across an inspiring book, it is borderline rude to keep it to yourself. If there is one thing we are not it is rude, which is why this month’s book of choice is brought to you by Sophia Amoruso, the creator and CEO of Nasty Gal, whose book “#GirlBoss” has us inspired to upgrade our hustle and chase our dreams.

 

“Fortune favors the bold who get shit done.”

 

A little background on Amoruso: She was an angsty teen who didn’t seem to fit in at school, and wasn’t set on any of her jobs. The one thing that did hold her attention was vintage clothing. Amoruso started selling the vintage pieces she found on eBay, and soon her small account became more and more popular. She had found a niche and was in such high demand that she had no choice but to hire an assistant, rent out an office, and begin selling her clothing on a bigger sale. Fast forward eight years and the Ebay account name “Nasty Gal” has become a full-fledged business with a net worth of over $250 million.

 

“A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”

 

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Without giving away the entire book, the moral is that Rome was not built in a day. Amoruso worked hard for those eight years running on minimal sleep, opting out of many social gatherings, and dedicating herself completely to the company she was creating.

 

“The more you experiment, take risks and make mistakes, the better you’ll know yourself, the better you’ll know the world and the more focused you’ll be.”

 

Amoruso was able to take something she was passionate about, turn it into a unique product that no one had created before, and begin attracting a very specific niche. What is inspiring about her story is that she wasn’t born into wealth and she didn’t go to school to become a CEO. Her story is one of a completely self-made woman who is truly living the American dream.

 

“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action.”

 

In her book, Amoruso emphasizes the point that anyone with determination can achieve the same amount of success as she has. Of course, not everyone will have the same exact path, and neither should they, but there are challenges and lessons that everyone can learn from.

 

“The energy you’ll expend focusing on someone else’s life is better spent working on your own. Just be your own idol.”

 

What are your favorite quotes from #GIRLBOSS and how have you incorporated them in your life? Comment below or tweet me @LydiaYekalam