Funny fact, there is one book on my bookshelf that catches every of my guests’ attention. Obviously, a brilliant marketing…something I acknowledged the moment I read the name of the book for a first time, but the great thing is that this book has way more to offer than just a catchy name and а beautiful cover. The book I am talking about is called #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso. I remember the first time I saw the author. I was an intern in a big company, where I did not have much to do at the very beginning, so I used my spare time to browse through my favourite business websites…also I had to look smart, so I could not open my Facebook. There was an article about the Forbe’s 30 under 30 and on one of the slides, here she was Sophia Amoruso. There was something in that girl that I liked instantly, besides the awesome name, of course; she had a very fierce look in her eyes. A year after I initially saw Sophia, I found out that she was about to release a book back in 2014. When I heard the name of the book, I knew I have to own it. The title matched the feeling I got about her personality when I saw her picture for a first time…she really seemed like the ultimate #GIRLBOSS. So I completely understand the reactions of my guests because my curiosity at the time built up quickly and my impulse to buy it followed immediately after that.
Even though judging by the cover, it is definitely directed towards the female demographics, I still recommend it to anyone. It is a very motivational, encouraging and entertaining read. In fact, I laughed out loud when I read it on multiple occasions. This chick just has a very distinguished sense of humor. As usual, I will not spoil it for you, but the book is about Sophia’s personal story and how she ended up as a CEO of Nasty Gal. Going through her life, the least you will expect is for such a rebellious and lost soul to become the head of $100-million-plus business, but it happened. It is a story that might not be easy to replicate, but it definitely gives you a food for thought that “Impossible is nothing.” as the legendary Muhammad Ali once said. Everybody who knows me well enough, knows that I lean towards anything that falls outside the ordinary; I like and I embrace anything that belongs to that category. Maybe that is why I like Sophia’s persona from the pages; she is an embodiment of difference.
I found similar stories fascinating and useful for two reasons. First, when you read someone’s success story, it provides you an example that with the right mindset and lots of work actually anything is possible. Some people might argue that luck is also part of success, but in my opinion, luck translates to being in the right place, at the right time, meeting the right people and this comes from a proper mindset. When you have programmed yourself that you will be successful and you will put all the work needed in order to make your vision happen, then you attract those “lucky” situations and you happen to be often in the right place, at the right time, meeting the right people. If this is your definition of luck, then I agree. Second, these types of books might not always give you all the answers, but even if there is one good advice in them, then it is worth reading it. It is somebody else’s experience in there…successes and mistakes, all you need to do is to observe and learn. You do not need to go through all the same trouble all over again, somebody already walked that path. This can save you sometimes years of trial and error. Books that reflect successful people’s stories might give you direction, ideas, transformation and even your Aha! moment which leads you to the next point of your journey faster. Even having an idea what those people’s habits are can lead you far. After observing many successful people, I am sure that you will start noticing some patterns in their behaviour because often those people think and act alike.
If you are in a mood of an easy read, then this is a good one for you. Give it a try and let me know what your thoughts are.
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