An inspirational rag to riches story. Find your place in the world, and own it like a #Girlboss.
WHAT IS IT ABOUT?
#Girlboss is a book by Sophia Amoruso, the founder, and owner of Nasty Gal Vintage. When she was 23 years old, she started an online eBay store. She sold vintage clothing that she bought from thrift stores. Her eBay store became such a hit, that she decided to start her own website. Her company quickly became a huge hit, and she had to upgrade her storage areas and her staff. She pretty much had to figure out everything about the business world as she went.
Sophia admits in her book that she has always struggled to stay committed to anything. First, she struggled in school. She went to a lot of different schools. The doctors diagnosed her with ADD and depression. After that, she got homeschooling. Then she tried and failed, to keep a steady job. She lived a nomadic lifestyle and turned to dumpster diving and stealing for a living. Her wake-up call came after she got caught stealing.
Amoruso’s last job before she became successful, was in an art university’s lobby. She sat there checking student IDs. This job was so boring that she ended up playing around on the internet a lot. This is how she stumbled on the idea of selling vintage clothes on eBay. She did not expect it to be such a huge success, but it was. She started to work on the eBay shop full-time. For the first time, she experienced financial freedom.
WHAT I THOUGHT:
This story doesn’t have such a fairytale ending in real life as it had in the book. In 2016, the company filed for bankruptcy, and she had to sell the company. The business got sold for $20 million. which is still pretty great for a company that one woman started on eBay. #Girlboss is full of great advice for everybody that needs inspiration or life tips. I loved the way that it reads in a super informal way. I enjoyed reading this book, and I highly recommend it.