Let me make one thing clear: while I’m a creative, I have no desire to be an entrepreneur. Sophia’s quips and stories about her business growing were interesting to read, but I don’t aspire to build a clothing empire or even own a juice shop. However, since she’s a badass lady, a lot of Sophia Amoruso’s tips and tricks apply to any woman who wants to take control of her life. So while the podcast and book are better for you marketing majors out there looking for your big break, I’d recommend it for any 20-something trying to make it through proverbial pressure that creates a diamond.
THE PODCAST, #GIRLBOSS Radio
Each episode starts with a #girlbossmoment, a time when Amoruso shares listeners’ moments during the week when they felt the most in control of their life. This could include quitting a job (like me!) or taking time for self care. Then, Amoruso brings on a guest. Most of the guests are business owners and entrepreneurs (such as Glossier’s Emily Weiss and Poo~Pourri founder Suzy Batiz), but she also talks to nonprofit geniuses and cultural phenomenons. She always asks them what their first job was out of high school or college. Every guest I’ve heard so far has had a very unglamorous first job, which makes me feel way better about my life. I always learn a lot about ambition and drive and getting my hands dirty, and I’ve heard of so many cool ladies for the first time whose brands I’ll now support. The podcast is great, and it’s a good length.
THE BOOK, #GIRLBOSS
Which came first, the book or the podcast? In this case, the book, and I hear rumors that there is a Netflix Original TV show in the works! In the book, Amoruso details the misfortunes and hard work that led to her clothing empire, Nasty Gal. Personally, I’m a little bitter that they don’t carry plus sizes; it’s always hard for me to get behind clothing lines that ignore a significant part of the population. So her journey to success as an entrepreneur was possibly good for something to talk about over dinner.
My favorite part about the book was Amoruso’s general advice on being a badass lady. Since I’m currently trying to train my brain in therapy, I loved the quote, “Magical thinking is the alchemy that you can use to visualize and project yourself into the professional and personal life you want…. I’m talking about visualization that works when we actually get off our asses and do stuff. Fortune favors the bold who get shit done.” Easier said than done of course, but it’s something I’ve been working on for months that is finally working, so it was affirming to see her put it in words,
To wrap it up, my #girlbossmoment of the week is starting my new job tomorrow! I’m super nervous and questioning every decision I’ve every made, but as Amoruso says in her book, “Fortune favors action.” So I’m making moves.