Why you should read #GIRLBOSS

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If you haven’t read or discovered the book #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso, Founder & CEO of Nasty Gal, then I’m excited to share it with you. I don’t typically write book reviews but this one is a must read for any girl (or guy) on a mission to creating a life you love.

“An advantage of being naive is being able to believe in oneself when no one else will.”

Sophia Amoruso’s book is a refreshing look into the life of someone who built something out of nothing. She wasn’t privileged in any way and had nothing or no-one to lean on but her own intuition. I loved how she revealed every amazing, awkward and sad part of her life with pride as it made her the person she is today.

“No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be. You is who you is, so get used to it.”

The book was so inspiring and fun to read that I got 30% of the way through in a few hours and that’s new for me. I tend to get most of my reading done on the train but one random morning I decided to start reading it and couldn’t stop. It even pushed me to be productive that morning, which is why I eventually I put it down to get to work.

“You combine hard work, creativity, and self-determination, and things start to happen”

The biggest takeaway for me was that no matter who you are and what you want out of life, anyone can be a #GIRLBOSS. Not only in the sense of owning your own company but simply owning your career and life. As long as you believe in yourself and what you stand for, play to your strengths and work on your weaknesses, stop complaining and start fixing and most importantly, just be you, anything is possible.

In a now famous commencement speech at Stanford University, Steve Jobs urged the graduating class to “stay hungry. Stay foolish.” Never let go of your appetite to go after new ideas, new experiences, and new adventures. Compete with yourself, not with others. Judge yourself on what is your personal best and you’ll accomplish more than you could ever have imagined. Life stops for no one, so keep moving. Stay awake and stay alive.

Instead of another self help book claiming to know all the tips and tricks on “how to be successful”, she tells us the story of how she built her company debt-free, down to every last weird detail. It inspired me and I hope it inspires you too.

Keep being you,
– Kim Goulbourne

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