I found myself sitting around at home, on sick leave. There was one thing my doctor, my mother, my friends and pretty much every friendly soul around me advised me to keep clear off: thinking. “Don’t overthink things to much, just rest.” “Whatever you do, don’t think too much.” “Just keep it cool, no thinking about the future or making any plans, you’re not ready for that yet.”
Obviously, the one thing I did do – all day, all night – was think. About the future. My future. And what it was going to take to climb out of the black hole I had fallen into. I felt an overwhelming urge to come up with a survival strategy (you know, Darwinism and such). So I started compiling a reading list of books and started reading them like a maniac, in search of some guidance.
Up first: #GIRLBOSS, by Sophia Amoruso, school drop out turned CEO of the multi million dollar fashion empire Nasty Gal. I was late to the party, as this book was originally published in 2014 and it had been lingering on my to read list on goodreads ever since. However, I knew I was going to have to change things around BIG TIME and I knew that the key was in mixing up my professional life.
OK, so the good stuff first. Sophia Amoruso is funny, self-deprecating and, well, funny. If you know your a’s from your z’s, you’ll have read it in the blink of an eye. Also, there is something incredibly inspiring in a true American Dream story. I mean, Amoruso went from shoplifting and hanging out in thrift stores to CEO of a major fashion company. Without ever finishing school.
It’s a fun, feel good kind of read.
It starts with the title. Imagine a book being called #GUYBOSS. Or #MANBOSS. #DUDEBOSS. Whatever. You get the picture. This is ridiculous! I want to be a #BOSS. Full stop. Clearly Sophia could have put a little more thought in the title (also, what is that hashtag about, lady?).
But most of all, don’t expect to find any solid business advice or any life lessons in general. If you take out all the jokes, personal anecdotes and Nasty Gal promo talk, the book becomes flimsy as hell. Entertaining as it is, some of the advice might as well been written by the copywriter of the fortune cookie company. “Don’t grow up.” “Don’t become a bore”. “We have spell check for a reason”. How is that useful advice for anyone?
The – not so – ugly: three take aways from #GIRLBOSS
So what do I take away from all this? Well, in the meantime I have founded my own copywriting company so clearly I am my own
#GIRLBOSS now and I am taking on board three pieces of advice from Ms. Amoruso.
PS There is a #GIRLBOSS podcast, but I’m hesitant to listen. Has anyone given it a go yet? What did you think?