Even if it is just for reassurance that people don’t go to university and still come out alive..
I like to read books without knowing anything about them, just that people have read it and they liked it. #GIRLBOSS is a book that takes pride of place in many a flatly, or in the background of a lipstick shot on a bloggers dressing table. This book was popping up everywhere, so i bought it with the basic knowledge that it was about a “business woman” and people liked it. If you’re not like me and you actually want to know what you’re buying when you buy a book, then read on to see what i think about the movement that is #GIRLBOSS and why everyone should read it (particularly bloggers).
Before this I could never imagine actually getting through a book that centred around the creation of a business, but #GIRLBOSS is different; while you are essentially learning about the creation of Nasty Gal in the first half of the book, it’s the anecdotes that make this different to your standard success story.
Basically #GIRLBOSS is #NOTBORING. In a word where the majority of business owners are privately educated males, hearing stories about a female business owner who previously spent part of her life basically living in an anarchist commune of shoplifters, it’s no wonder this has been turned into a netflicks series. It’s the type of thing that could’ve only been written for TV, except this time, it’s actually real.
You know what type of content does well now a days? Things that are #RELATABLE. Parts of #GIRLBOSS are like the book version of a blogger meme, or any meme that resembles a time where you’re so focused on what you’re doing, that you haven’t looked up from your laptop and washing your hair has taken a backseat. The stories of Sophia running her Ebay store surrounded by mess and only really getting dressed when it’s completely necessary, can resonate with a lot of bloggers. C’mon it’s a well known fact that a large percentage of blogging is done while in pyjamas, and it makes me feel slightly better that sometimes it takes me 2 weeks to throw away the jiffy bag that the latest PR package came in. Sometimes whatever you’re working on feels a little bit like it has taken over, sometimes it actually does, know when to let it and know when to take a break.
Even though being surrounded by packaging and photography props might sound counterproductive, you never know when you’re going to take the best photo or think of the best idea, so grab the creativity when it comes along but don’t try to force it if it’s not there.
I imagine #GIRLBOSS has had a largely female readership, as a girl it was seriously motivating to read a scenario where the boss was automatically referred to as a woman. It kinda reminds me of when my RE teacher told a classroom full of girls in a catholic school, that she never referred to God as having a gender.
#LIFELESSONS or.. #BLOGGINGLESSONS
There’s a line in the book which i can’t remember now and can’t find, (great blog post Maria well done) but it something that as a blogger i feel is really relevant. In some respects (not all) the Ebay community sounds similar to the blogging world, it’s more than easy to find yourself bogged down and comparing yourself to other bloggers. But like Ebay sellers and bloggers alike, once you stop comparing yourself to others that’s the only time you’ll start actually moving forward and start to progress in your own right.
I picked up on another similarity between Ebay and blogging and that’s customer service, at this point you’re probably thinking i’ve gone mad but let me explain. I don’t mean customers, i mean readers. Like Sophia put replying to customers at the the top of her list, replying to readers should be pretty high up on any bloggers list too. It really puts me off someone if I’m reading their blog and every comment has gone unanswered, i know it can be hard to keep up but after noticing how it looks from an outside perspective it’s now one of my top priorities.
Also i’ve noticed whenever talking to other bloggers it’s something they notice too, often if i bring up a name it’ll be met by “omg she’s even verified but she still manages to acknowledge every message she gets”, nobody wants the reputation of thinking they’re too important to answer a nice message – get replying to those comments!
I feel like the whole book it a bit of a life lesson, but one of the best chapters in my opinion is “shitty jobs saved my life”. After working in retail for over a year, i came to the conclusion that everyone should work in retail at least once; there’s nothing like working with the public that makes you consider your actions more in daily life outside of work.
No other job can teach you more about how hard working you are than retail can, like Sophia became obsessed with creating the perfect tuna sub, i became obsessed with maintaining makeup stands. It shows you no matter how mundane a task can be, only the ones who want so much more will take that one task as seriously as a CEO would take an investment meeting. Also it gave me reassurance that the times i cleaned sick off the floor, wiped dust off shelves and never once uttered the words “that’s not my job”, was the right thing to do.
After i read the book, i read the back and it’s right – #GIRLBOSS has given me the kick up the ass to reach my potential, and it might just do the same for you.
Have you read #GIRLBOSS? – Maria x
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