Friday, July 11, 2014

#GIRLBOSS

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Just like every other blogger on this side of the world, I picked up my own copy of #GIRLBOSS by: Sophia Amoruso...and let me try to tell you how much of an investment it has been.  

First of all, what an incredibly genius marketing strategy to put a hash-tag in not only the title, but one that repeated throughout the pages, so that ending up to Twitterland was inevitable.  The simple, yet repetitive placement of that well-known social media trademark got the word out at light speed. And of course, when people (including me) realized the quality of the content absolutely lived up to the hype, they instantly resorted to Twitter/Blogs to talk about it publicly.  Genius.  

A couple of years ago, I purchased Kelley Cutrone's Normal Gets You Nowhere and I immediately became a complete stan after reading it.  Although this book was structured a bit differently, it's comparable to the message I was also able extract from Ms. Sophia's work. These are women who took life into their own hands and was able to steer themselves to major successes, despite the road being  a jaded, unconventional path.  In Sophia's case, she was able to craft an incredibly inspirational memoir of a girl, who, through much trial and error along with self-taught skills, found her passion and turned it into a multi-million dollar business, simply by consistently committing to doing the work she believed in.

"Who cares if a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it? The tree still falls. If you believe that what you're doing will have positive results, it will-even if it's not immediately obvious."

What I loved the most about #GIRLBOSS, other than Ms. Amoruso's cut throat approach, was how closely I related to her. There is an uncanny resemblance between her crazy misadventures to my own. As I traveled down memory lane to the time I decided to hitchhike to North Carolina with 2 strangers...or move to Rhode Island on impulse with my cousin and her girlfriend in the midst of all their drama...or even the most recent event with my living situation in California (a story that I don't have the courage to talk about in full openly yet),  I just saw myself reflected at different points of her life and the timing that I started reading this book amazes me; it just fits. And that fit was the what stood out the most. 

Another aspect that caught my attention was how she discussed her choice to not do the school thing without bashing those who do decide to go to school and finish.  A lot of times, people who drop-out and do well tend to go into a rant of sorts about why college is just a bad idea...and vise versa. Instead of doing that, she commended people for having the attributes, such as discipline, patience, so forth to finish. That was probably the most seemingly insignificantly awesome part of the entire book; to take responsibility for her journey without tearing down someone else's. Because of that, she was could connect to a variety of audiences, rather than only one group of people to understand where she was coming from.
"Your challenge as a #GirlBoss is to dive headfirst into things without being too attached to the results. When your goal is to gain experience, perspective, and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility. Failure is your invention.."

The book is full of refreshing perspectives and insights. Combining the voices of notable names in the fashion industry, it covered everything from how to develop a #GIRLBOSS mentality to get what you want out of life to the importance of budgeting and finance management. It's full of information and funny life stories constructed to help the reader find something to spark that inner magic, and a certain level of confidence, to make a positive impact in the world. A few valuable life lessons, such as owning your style and turning negatives into positives, reoccurred throughout the book.  To me, it painted a picture of allowing; allowing the universe to work. Knowing that your path is your own and making peace with whatever decisions, big or small, that you have to make as a person and as a boss, alleviates the unnecessary stress about where you're headed-as long as you keep going and keep striving for greatness. Last but not least, it's about redefining failure and opportunity and stopping at nothing until both have proven to be profitable.
"One of the best things about life-a reason to not go blindly after one goal and one goal only-is that sometimes it will take you to something that is way cooler than anything you would have consciously set out to do in the first place." 

Basically, whether your dreams are to become a CEO of a thriving company or to start your own business, #GIRLBOSS definitely needs to be staple element of your coffee table collection.

- ♥ Chymere Anais

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  1. I find it amazing how no matter how different everyone's story is, if you read this book, you find yourself relating to it!

    Great post! :)

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