I was drawn to this book partly because of the title – hey, I’m a girl boss! – and partly because I’d heard about the author, Sophia Amoruso, and about how she was the founder and CEO of the fashion business, Nasty Gal. This book was an absolute rollercoaster of a read. Amoruso seems to have lived a million lifestyles; dropping out of high school, working various odd jobs such as at Subway, in a bookstore and a record shop, a stint of dumpster-diving and shoplifting – before opening an online eBay store, which became the springboard for Nasty Gal. While I’m inclined to prefer to see myself as ‘boss’ as opposed to ‘girl boss’, I can’t fault Amoruso for her fascinating and unique business acumen – one that was not gained in the traditional way of school, college or university.
As she so aptly puts it; “Success is about trusting your instincts and following your gut, knowing which rules to follow and which to break.”