So, I was cutting up my old magazines t’other night (as you do) and I found an article in Company about Sophia Amoruso, founder and CEO of Nasty Gal. It was all about how she came to be where she is today and at the bottom of the page was a little box saying that her book was going to be published on whichever day it was… in the past, so I went on Amazon and bought it!
A spur of the moment thought that I really wanted to read it and feel inspired enough to do something more with my life and to be a #GIRLBOSS!
Starting out as a college drop-out, selling her vintage finds on eBay and working up through the world of fashion to be the founder and owner of a huge online clothing store; Amoruso is an inspiration to every girl and woman.
So, what’s in the book?
One of the first things I want to mention are the quotes throughout the book. Some of these are really well chosen and do stir moments of “Oh my gosh, that is so true!”
Within each chapter is a little mini bio for different #GIRLBOSSes who’ve made it big through effort and perseverance. I love how these other ladies have been featured in the book, so that you get an insight into different people’s lives and all of the possibilities that are actually out there to be found. Every #GIRLBOSS is just a normal person, who happened to realise what their passion was and make damn sure that this passion would become their life. I know my dream is to find my passion and make it work for me… but that’s the part I’m struggling with…
There are 11 chapters, each with their own theme and a cute little illustration next to each title page.
This book isn’t a step by step guide on how to become a #GIRLBOSS, but it sows the seeds for thought and ideas; inspires you to come up with your own method. With plenty of little motivational quotes from various people, it is a great book to bring that buzz of excitement about the possibilities that life does hold. I definitely recommend reading it, as it is so interesting to get an insight into the life of someone who has become successful off their own back and it is quite a thin book, so it doesn’t take too long to read. I am currently re-reading it and highlighting bits I like and popping colourful page markers in so I can go back to it, pick a marker and be inspired whenever I need it!
Here’s a quick quote from near the end of the book that I think is pretty awesome:
My own tips for discovering your passion:
A good thing to do if you’re puzzled about the future, is to create a list of things you love and things you love to do. Then go through this list and rate each one for how excited it makes you feel, how frequently you do it and rate your talent/specialism of it; 1 being the least and 10 the most. Even without the ratings, getting your brain to think of all of the things you love is the perfect starting point.
Another option is just to try as many things as possible! You could end up finding you have a talent for something completely new that you otherwise would have never thought of.
As a creative person, I love nothing more than when I am making something, whether that be a drawing, customising some shoes, painting, making jewellery, writing a book… anything that lets my creativeness flow. I’m just yet to find out which I love the most!
Do you guys have any cool success stories or tips on what you’ve done to find your passion? Has anyone read this book too and felt inspired? Let me know ^_^