In 2006, 22-year-old Sophia Amoruso was working behind the front desk at the , she launched an eBay site under the name “Nasty Gal Vintage.”
Sophia Amoruso shares her riveting story of how she became the founder and CEO of her fashion company, Nasty Gal. At the age of 22, Amoruso had been in and out of several jobs and was working behind the front desk at an art institute located in San Francisco. In order to fill her boredom while on the job, she began to sell vintage clothing on eBay under the name “Nasty Gal Vintage.” Eight years later, Amoruso owns a $100 million company, manages over 300 employees and is the best-selling author of the book, #GIRLBOSS. #GIRLBOSS aims to encourage 20somethings to take charge of their life as nothing in life comes to those who sit patiently waiting for fortunes to be thrusted upon them. If you haven’t read the book already, we hope our life lessons that we learned from the book will inspire you to read Amoruso’s book and to become your very own #GIRLBOSS!
1. “The #GIRLBOSS who is willing to do a job that is below her and above – is the one who stands out.’
There are times where you will be forced to do a job that you don’t want to do. Just because that duty may not be in your job description, doesn’t mean you should glower and complain – suck it up and get the job done to help your team.
2. “Work is something we all have to do. So hell, make it something you enjoy, because bored is not a #GIRLBOSS’s natural state. At all.”
Amoruso mentions the endless of amount of jobs that she went through before she turned 22 – a sandwich artist at Subway, selling designer shoes, working at a sunglass kiosk. No matter how successful you are, you should never be condescending towards people who are in lower ranks than you.
3. “True success lies is knowing your weaknesses and playing to your strengths.” Amoruso’s strong suits were in knowing what she was and wasn’t good at. One of her strengths that she mentioned was trying to stay engaged.
4. “You don’t get what you don’t ask for.”
Amoruso encourages fellow #GIRLBOSSES to be assertive with they want. If you are confident in your work, then express it. People aren’t mindreaders, if you want something done – tell them.
5. “Dive head first into things.” It’s important to indulge in your passions and go into things wholeheartedly. If you half-ass your work, you’re going to get half-assed results. While Amoruso may not have intended for Nasty Gal Vintage to be a multi-millionaire company, she poured all of her efforts into making the eBay company memorable. She made the extra effort to make Nasty Gal Vintage appealing to her customers through recruiting her friends as models, styling vintage pieces together creating an impromptu lookbook for buyers, interacting with her customers via Myspace and taking extra care for her packages.
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