Ooh my weekend consisted of binge-watching the latest series on Netflix, Girlboss, all about Sophia Amoruso’s rags-to-riches life (with a little embellishment along the way).
The inspiring story covers how the 23 year old (called Sophia Marlowe in the show) created Nasty Gal, an online fashion store, and how she becomes a millionaire. We’re all familiar with her story (and I highly recommend reading the book first, which is written by Amoruso herself, if you live under a rock and haven’t already).
I know, I know, Amoruso’s copping a lot of feminism flack about it. People are arguing that her self-empowerment makes her more like a “brat” and Nasty Gal has certainly had their fair share of legal battles (arguably a sign of success a cynical PR mind might say).
Setting aside the fact the TV series doesn’t uncover what happens after Amoruso launches Nasty Gal and the whirlwind journey including bankruptcy (which yes, is disappointing it’s left out, it feels like the TV show’s a bit late to the party but it is clearly a piece of entertainment), it’s still an awe inspiring story. This young woman has a dream and she chases it. Real hard. Later in life she might have some [huge] challenges but she’s still a major success story.
As I was watching the series it made me truly realise how this young women does it. How she achieves her big dream, her life goal.
It’s because she doesn’t care.
She’s decided she doesn’t want the rat race lifestyle where she’s stuck in a boring job. Instead, she wants to create something big and live out her passions. And whilst she might have come from absolutely nothing, she has one huge advantage over the rest of us.
She’s not tied down by money.
She’s looked at the world around her and decided she doesn’t want to work for someone else and have a normal salary to live mediocrely. She’d rather take on the world, try her absolute best to make something of her life and do it her way.
We all go about life chasing the dollars. A salary provides that craved security we need. A financially stable career path. But not Amoruso. She doesn’t give two f***s what anyone else thinks of her lifestyle choices.
She doesn’t let the fear of failure – or money – hold her back nor does she play it safe. If she can make the pennies doing what she loves, awesome. If not, she’ll just keep trying until she gets there.
Ultimately, she doesn’t have anything to lose. But then she has everything to lose. It’s her life. It’s personal. She has to make it work and succeed. It’s her purpose.
It’s clear Amoruso believes in herself all the way. She’ll stop at nothing to achieve her dreams. She won’t let other people put her down. She doesn’t take No for an answer. Ever. That attitude of not giving a f*** helps her to get ahead.
There’s a lot we can learn from this girl boss. Are you up for the entrepreneurial journey?
Fingers crossed there’s a Season Two, where they can dig deeper into Amoruso’s story.