Nov 5, 2016

#GIRLBOSS, by Sophia Amoruso

When Sophia Amoruso was 22 years old, she had no high school or college degree, a history of shoplifting, and no job. 8 years later, she was running a $100 million business. #GIRLBOSS is both the story of how this incredible transition occurred and Amorusa's advice to young women (and men) looking to effect a spectacular life transformation of their own. The rags-to-riches montage is far from new, and her advice is pretty commonsense and basic. The contents aren't really all that special; the real value of this book lies not in what is being said, but how Amorusa is saying it.

Business classes are boring, and the usual narrative demands diplomas and degrees and due diligence. Amorusa didn't really reject these tenants so much as acknowledge that this tried and true method doesn't work for everyone. The business environment is changing, drastically and quickly, and the prospect of creating your own job that plays to your strengths is becoming more common. Amorusa is highly creative with an interest in visuals, so she paired that skill set with some serious gumption and willingness to learn on the fly and parlayed it into a multi-million dollar company. Her message, replete with swearing and self-deprecating asides, is to be yourself, but be the best self you possibly can be. Figure out what you're good at and like doing, and you'll be a lot more willing to put in the immense amount of work required to turn that into a kick ass job. It's commonsense, yes, but run through a millennial filter and made more accessible to my generation. She's a remarkable woman who wants to see other women succeed. I hope her book has lit a fire under some people's butts to go out and make a difference in their lives.

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