Founder and CEO of Nasty Gal. Full-time #GIRLBOSS.
1. “I have three pieces of advice I want you to remember: Don’t ever grow up. Don’t become a bore. Don’t let the Man get to you.”
According to the first page of her first book, #GIRLBOSS, the first thing Sophia Amoruso sold online wasn’t fashion – it was a stolen book.
Eight years after she started selling vintage clothing on eBay, she is the founder, CEO and Creative Director of a $100 million plus online fashion retailer with over 350 employees.
Beyond being an epic explanation of how she made it to where she is today, #GIRLBOSS is a collection of life, career and business advice, any girl (or guy) should be taking notes from.
2. 1. If you want it, you’ve got to work for it.
“A #GIRLBOSS is someone who’s in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it.”
“Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action.”
3. 2. Ban boredom.
“What I know now is that nothing is universally boring – what’s boring to you could be totally engaging to someone else. If you’re bored and hating it, it’s a big sign that you’re most likely just in the wrong place.”
4. 3. Suck it up, sometimes.
“…You have to be willing to tolerate some shit you don’t like – at least for a while. This is what my parent’s generation would call “character building,” but I prefer top call it ‘#GIRLBOSS training’.”
5. 4. Manage your money. And manage it damn well.
“If you’re tempted to buy something, just imagine that those new shoes were actually made out of crisp $20 bills. Do those $20 bills look good getting dirty on the sidewalk? No, they do not. That’s because money looks better in the bank than on your feet.”
6. 5. Don’t get all emotional on your boss.
“…Learn to separate your money from your emotions as much as you possibly can.”
“It also quite literally pays to be as unemotional as possible when you’re asking for a raise. First, be really honest with yourself and make sure that you do deserve the raise that you’re asking for. You do not automatically deserve a raise just because you’ve been somewhere for a certain amount of time.”
7. 6. Forget the concept of “luck”.
“Luck tells us that we don’t control our own fate, and that our path to success or failure is written by someone, or something, entirely outside ourselves. Luck lets us believe that whatever happens, whether good or bad, it’s not to our credit or our fault.”
8. 7. Switch up your passwords, pronto.
“I treat my internet passwords as modern day sigils, embedding them with wishes or promises to me, or even financial goals for the company… That way, every time I go to log in anywhere, I’m subtly reminding myself of what I’m working for.”
9. 8. Don’t be afraid to follow-up.
“Although playing hard to get might be cute in the dating world, it won’t fly with potential employers. That don’t have the time to court you, so you had better romance the hell out of them.”
10. 9. Tell them why they need you – not why you need them.
“I don’t care what a job will do for you and your personal development. I know that sounds harsh, but I don’t know you, so the fact you want to work for my company does not automatically mean that I have an interest in helping you grow your career. I have a business that is growing by the day, so I want to know what you can do for me.”
11. 10. Be a good person.
“Be a nice person at work. It doesn’t matter how talented you are; if you’re a total terror to work with, no one will want to keep you around. And the worst kind of mean is selective mean – people who are nice to their boss and superiors, but completely rude to their peers or subordinates.”
Need more #GIRLBOSS advice in a high dose? You’ll find it, right here.