I just finished Sophia Amoruso's great new book, #GIRLBOSS. If you don't know the epic story of Sophia, she is the CEO and creative director of Nasty Gal. She spent her teens hitchhiking, committing petty theft, and dumpster diving. By twenty-two, she had resigned herself to employment, but was still broke, directionless, and working a mediocre day job she’d taken for the health insurance.
It was there that Sophia decided to start selling vintage clothes on eBay. Eight years later, she is the founder, CEO, and creative director of a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with more than 350 employees. Sophia's advice throughout the book is not the typical advice that is doled out to my generation.
Instead of focusing on how women need to take a stand, she offers sage advice that seems obvious but way too many people I know ignore. Tips like why saving money, regardless of how much, enables you to maintain your own and your business's independence. Sophia recounts a time when she found two Chanel jackets at a thrift shop. Even though she ended up selling them for $1500 apiece, she still bargained down their selling price from $9 to $7. She encourages her readers (aka #girlbosses) to promise to never be boring. Being stuck in a career that you are not passionate about in unacceptable. I agree.
Once of the best parts of being in San Francisco, is that we often get cool events to roll through town. Last Friday, Sophia held a book signing at Books Inc. I was so excited to meet her and have her sign my copy of #GIRLBOSS. If you haven't picked up your copy, I highly recommend. I'd love to chat with you about it.