If you know me at all, you know I love to read. Even with as little time as I have, I’ll sneak moments here and there to escape into my story of the moment. I take my Kindle pretty much everywhere. In fact you might catch me reading while in line at the grocery store, or pumping gas, or during TV commercials, or wherever else I might have even a few free moments.
So when anyone says, “I don’t have time to read”, I kind of giggle a bit because they probably do, they just don’t realize it. Actually, I think one of the best times to read is right before bed. It’s my favorite time, snuggling next to Kevin with Quinely at our feet. I think it’s the loveliest way to end the day, especially if the book is really good…which is always the hope, right? Although the trouble I often have is finding that good book. I always check reviews, choosing books with at least three stars and from as many reviewers as possible. But more often than not I end up closing a book before I finish because, well…a lot of them are, (in my opinion), just not good.
But if I had someone I trusted who could tell me what to read next, sharing their thoughts about why they liked it…how brilliant would that be? Then I thought, hey…why don’t I be that for you, to share here when I find a read I think you should definitely enjoy. Sound good?
I just finished reading #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, Founder and CEO of Nasty Gal. Before picking up this book I heard it described as a modern day, true life Cinderella story. But after getting to know this bad-ass chick through her story, (as some of her employees affectionately call her), I can almost see her cringing at the idea of being compared to Cinderella. Same goes for when people describe her as an overnight success. Nothing could be further from the truth. She got where she is through a lot of hard work, blood, sweat and tears, as well as a tenacious belief in what she is doing. Any luck that came her way was luck she made for herself. No glass slippers or princes were involved.
In this book, Sophia details her directionless life before starting Nasty Gal Vintage on eBay with zero dollars and zero help. Her story continues through Nasty Gal’s meteoric rise to eight years later where she is now the founder, CEO, and creative director of a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees.
Sophia’s no-BS attitude was a delight to read as it reinforced so many values I hold strong – work hard, believe in what you’re doing and go after what you want, and that is what you will receive.
With so many influences constantly trying to knock the entrepreneur down, Sophia encourages you to tune out all the negative and push past any self doubt with such statements as, “A #GIRLBOSS is in charge of her life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.” and “Someone has to succeed, it might as well be you.”
This book is the ultimate cheerleader for pretty much anyone from the new or established business owner to anyone who has ever felt awkward and/or out of place.
The inspiring truth and oh-so valuable takeaway from reading this book is, if one woman with no money can create a $100 million plus empire on her own with zero debt in under eight years, the possibilities ARE truly as big as you can dream them to be.
I definitely recommend reading this book. And if you’ve already read it, I’d love to hear your thoughts.
Be sure to check back soon as I’ll have another book review in a few weeks.
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