I have a thing for women who are smart, fearless, and don’t take themselves too seriously (but expect everyone else to). My list of woman crushes include Tina Fey, Sara Blakely (Founder of Spanx), Anna Kendrick, and now Sophia Amoruso.
Sophia is the CEO of a clothing company called Nasty Gal that she built from the ground up into a $100 million dollar company. Oh, did I mention she never went to college and just hit the ripe old age of 30? In her new book #GIRLBOSS she recounts her journey of starting Nasty Gal with zero capital, growing a loyal customer base through MySpace and how she used her unique business sense to create a successful Ebay store that eventually became the Nasty Girl empire we know today. She also shares a lot of really great “get your shit together” life advice that is applicable to ambitious women everywhere. A lot of her observations/recommendations feel like they were pulled right out of my own head. A few of my favorite highlights are below, but for all the goodness go buy the book!
“The shitty jobs made the good ones more meaningful”
Think about your first job ever – it was probably pretty shitty. Mine was working at some teen clothing store in the mall. I hated folding clothes, I hated people that shoplifted, and I hated working Friday nights. Later I realized this job taught me customer service skills (read as how to deal with annoying people) and that I never want to work Sundays again, ever.
“If you’re frustrated because you’re not getting what you want, stop for a second: Have you flat out asked for it? If you haven’t stop complaining.”
Yes, yes, and yes. I have yet to meet a human being that can read minds (dogs are a totally different story) so if you don’t ask for what you want, how is anyone else supposed to know what you need? This goes for friends, spouses, employers, and airline gate agents (hello first class upgrade!). What is the worst that happens? Someone tells you no. What happens if you never ask? Likely nothing. So speak up!
“Soon you’ll see fortune favors the bold who get shit done.”
This is so easy: Strive to be the best at whatever job you do, let your success be your noise, sign up to take on new projects, pitch your great ideas, and don’t ever say “it’s not my job.” People will notice, if you can tell a good joke it probably helps too – people like to laugh.
What is the best advice for success you have heard?