I’m a little behind with the release of Nasty Girl founder and CEO Sophia Amoruso’s book but in celebration of her first store opening in LA after becoming a online retail cult, I wanted to hear dig into her thinking and tips. I was not disappointed and here are a few of my favorite from her bestseller.
1. Every job happens for a reason
“The shitty jobs made the good ones more meaningful. Most people don’t land their dream job right out of the gate, which means we all have to start somewhere. You’ll appreciate your amazing career so much more when you look back at your not-so-amazing jobs in the past, and hopefully realize that you learned something from all of them.”
2. Let go of what doesn’t serve you
“School wasn’t my jam, and the whole philosophy behind this book is that true success lies in knowing your weaknesses and playing to your strengths. In short, when you suck at something and don’t want it anyway, cut your losses and move on.”
3. Save, Save, Save
“If you learn to control your finances, you won’t find yourself stuck in jobs, places, or relationships that you hate just because you can’t afford to go elsewhere…money looks better in the bank than on your feet.”
4. If you want, ask for it
“If you’re frustrated because you’re not getting what you want, stop for a second: Have you actually flat-out asked for it? If you haven’t, stop complaining. You can’t expect the world to read your mind. You have to put it out there, and sometimes putting it out there is as simple as just saying, ‘Hey, can I have that?’”
5. Being Kind Pays
“…the worst kind of mean is selective mean—people who are nice to their boss and superiors, but completely rude to their peers or subordinates. If you are a habitual bitch to the front desk girl, the security guard, or even the Starbucks staff downstairs, the news will eventually make its way up the chain, and the top of the chain ain’t gonna like it.”
6. Dress for the job you want, not for the job you have
“I do think that you should put effort into what you wear. Clothing is ultimately the suit of armor in which we battle the world. When you choose your clothing right, it feels good. And there’s nothing shallow about feeling good.”
7. ‘That’s not my job’ is not OK
“You want to know what four words I probably hate the most? ‘That’s not my job.’ Nasty Gal is not a place where these four words fly. At the end of the day, we’re all here for one reason and one reason only—to make the company succeed.”
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