I liked the idea but had no idea what it meant until a few weeks later, when I stumbled across Sophia Amoruso’s instant classic by the same name.
The book is one part motivational wisdom from Sophia Amoruso, the rockstar CEO of Nasty Gal, and one part backstory of how she got Nasty Gal started.
Intrigued, I purchased the book.
The minute I opened it, I started highlighting sentences like I was preparing for a final exam. Though I’m not starting my own retail company, many of the principles apply in whatever field you happen to be in. It’s all about working hard and achieving your goals.
The book is full of gems like:
“Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race … toward the extraordinary life that you’ve always dreamed of, or still haven’t had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way.”
“I entered adulthood believing that capitalism was a scam, but I’ve instead found that it’s a kind of alchemy. You combine hard work, creativity, and self-determination, and things start to happen.”
“When you approach everything as if it’s a big, fun experiment, then it’s not that big of a deal if things don’t work out.”
“When I’m not working, I’m still working. I’m always observing, I’m taking photos of patterns and colors I see on the streets, I’m jotting down ideas, I’m meeting new people, connecting the dots, researching my craft. … I’m working on my craft and my business not because I feel obligated, but because I love it.”
“Money looks better in the bank than on your feet.”
I liked the book so much I went and checked out Nasty Gal, a site I haven’t spent much time on in the past.
Here are the items I’m currently lusting after:
Top Left: Metal Future Dress
Bottom Middle: Helena Quinn Elaina T-Back Silk Dress
Top Middle: Fujifilm Instax Mini 8 Instant Camera – White
Top Right: Carissa Floppy Hat