Looking at the cover, you’d think #GIRLBOSS is all about, well, being a boss. After all, there’s Nasty Gal’s CEO, Sophia Amoruso, looking tall and proud. Nasty Gal has come a long way since its Ebay days and you’d think this book tells you how to make a business as big as that. Or perhaps tips on rocking a Nasty Gal-ish look. Actually, it won’t tell you any of those. This book is neither a business book nor a styling guide. (Though, according to Amoruso, the styling guide might be on the way.)
While this can be read by anyone, teenagers and young adults may be the ones who can relate to this the most. If the hashtag in the title isn’t a hint, Amoruso speaks the language of the millennials in the entirety of the book. If you’re closer to her age or older, you might find her tips a little too common. Meaning, either you’ve learned it through experience or you’ve read it somewhere before. But it’s not to say that there’s nothing new this book has to offer. It’s the small points here and there that I find interesting.
Nasty Gal is not just a store. It is also a go-to place for styling tips of their customers. For a nasty gal, dressing up is something you do to yourself and not because you want to snag a guy. When I started putting on face powders and caring for my clothes in high school, my mom would ask me if there’s someone at school whom I’m trying to impress. I was shocked because, while I did have crushes, they were never my motivation to prettify myself. And even now that I’m older, the comment “You’re blooming. Are you seeing someone?” never ceases to irk me. While meant as a compliment, I can’t help but be annoyed at those comments. You dress up, no matter how simple it may be, because you want to feel good about yourself. It’s another form of taking care of yourself. You do it BY yourself, FOR yourself, and not for anyone else. Shouldn’t you be proud of that?
When I first read the title, I thought it would tell you the experiences of being a female boss in a big business or how to lead and manage people. But Amoruso shows that being a boss doesn’t only mean being the highest ranking employee in the company. Or in her case, it doesn’t end in the office. Being a girl boss is about owning your life like a boss. That is the whole point of the book. Sophia emphasizes the right kind of attitude to be your own boss. So what if you’re just an employee? You can still do and enjoy your work the way you want it. Mindset also matters. A lot.
She doesn’t forget the other boring stuff too, namely hardwork and persistence. Oftentimes, in today’s world where almost everything is just a click away, people tend to forget that not all things are readily available for them. They have to work real hard. Sure, it’s not the fancy way of living but had Amoruso stopped her auctions when no one bid on her items, Nasty Gal wouldn’t have grown into a company now.
One of the things that millennials lack these days is financial awareness. They go YOLO mode and throw their hard-earned money in the dust, all the while their bank accounts weep in silence.
Being broke gets old.
This is a timely and valuable thing Amoruso said in her book. In today’s culture where posting pics and statuses of your new gadget is a norm, don’t make living paycheck to paycheck a norm too. Because of Amoruso’s financial intelligence, she is able to increase her asset. But that is not to say that she avoids buying things for herself. Thing is, if she had let herself act as a one day millionaire when her business was starting up, she wouldn’t have accumulated $10000000000000 in her bank.
The latter part of the book focuses on the job hunting. This section comes as a surprise to me since I was thinking that this is more of a self-help than anything-related to business type of book. But I guess the job hunting dos and don’ts is also a form of self-help. There’s also a bit of what if you’re on the other side of the interviewing table. This is the part where I began questioning again what this book is all about. Is it a guide to awesome life in general? Guide to an awesome business life? Tips for employment? Being a boss? The book tries to cover as much as possible that it begins to lose sight of what it really wants to be. Well, at least, I can say that I’m glad there aren’t many business jargons thrown in the book.