I recently got round to reading Sophia Amoruso’s #GIRLBOSS. It’s a book which details her journey from aimless delinquent to the founder and CEO of multi-million dollar retailer Nasty Gal. When the book was first published in 2014, the business was just seven years old, and she hadn’t even turned 30. Inspirational to say the least. In Sophia’s words: ‘Life is short. Don’t be lazy’. Here are six standout snippets. 

The journey to your dream job

“Most people don’t land their dream job right out of the gate, which means we all have to start somewhere. You’ll appreciate your amazing career so much more when you look back at your not-so-amazing jobs in the past, and hopefully realise that you learned something from all of them.”

The reality of entrepreneurship

“If you start a business, expect that you’re probably going to be broke for a long time. If you’re not broke, consider yourself broke, because as we discussed earlier it is shortsighted to pay yourself a big salary too early.”

Putting in work

“In an ideal world you’d never have to do things that are below your position, but this isn’t an ideal world and it’s never going to be. You have to understand that even a creative job isn’t just about being creative, but about doing the work that needs to be done. The #GIRLBOSS who is willing to do a job that is below her-and above-is the one who stands out.”

Saving money

“Treat your savings account just like another bill. It has to be paid every month, or there are consequences. If you have direct deposit, have a portion of your paycheck automatically diverted into a savings account. Once it’s there, forget about it. You never saw it anyway.”

Climbing the career ladder

“You do not automatically deserve a raise just because you’ve been somewhere for a certain amount of time. But if you can articulate the reasons why you deserve a pay increase, then schedule time to meet with your boss and let her know in advance what you want to talk about.”

Being fearless 

“Your challenge as a #GIRLBOSS is to dive headfirst into things without being too attached to the results. When your goal is to gain experience, perspective, and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility. Failure is your invention.”

Find out more about the #GIRLBOSS movement here. LLY

Posted by:Carly Lewis-Oduntan

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