I finally got a chance to catch up on my reading to finish Sophia Amoruso’s #Girlboss and the founder and CEO of Nasty Gal dropped some serious gems to her readers who were looking for a prosperous future becoming their own boss. I admire her openness and willingness to share her story but I respected more her brass to tell it like it is. EVerything she had to say was integral to becoming a well rounded successful individual but there were some pieces of advice that leapt from the pages at me and I thought I would share them with you.
“When your time spent making money is significantly greater than your time spent spending money, you will be amazed at how much you can save without even really thinking about it.”
1. Do The Dirty Work
There’s a lot of sleepless nights, cranky mornings and wigged out afternoons that come with running any type of company or business. Sophia was the one working woman machine who was the model, photographer, editor, sales expert and ceo of her growing brand and vintage clothing company. She didn’t shy away from the early mornings or grueling hours and she learned how to give some of her best work through her earlier challenges. Give yourself some time to impress you. Be ready to tackle the tasks at hand when getting your business off the ground and work hard at your goals. Success doesn’t usually come without the blood, sweat and tears of a hard worker, so be prepared to fight for your vision in order to help portray the best of yourself.
2. Small Milestones Can Add up to a Giant Enterprise
There are so many times in the past when I have looked over tiny milestones because they weren’t the larger ones I wanted to accomplish. Sophia reminds us to appreciate the small accomplishments. Understand the work to step over that hurdle and savor it before you move on to something else. On this journey of expanding your creativity with a business, there isn’t much time spent on appreciating the smaller milestones but they are the stepping stones to the larger successes. They are the small time wins that give way to the big time enterprises so learn to enjoy every small moment as its own defining one.
3. Treat Your Mind Like Your Money- Don’t Waste it
Then the church said Amen. Live within your means and understand your worth; financially and mentally. You are responsible for your health and well being so take care of yourself. Take care of your mind as you would your money because neither should be wasted.
Take control of your life and create a balance that feeds into your life financially while fostering growth mentally. Learn new things, meet new people and open up to new ideas. Be mindful of how important your time is and careful of who you deem worthy to spend it with. Accept the truth that not everyone deserves to be in your space and not everything warrants for your attention. Be careful of negativity and when your mind is working, let it work in favor of you. Lead your mind to valuable thoughts and take care of your business.
There’s a #Girlboss in every single woman. Doesn’t matter if you even consider yourself a #girlboss, just know that you are. Women are increasingly becoming the face of new businesses and it’s exciting to see how many of us have taken control while letting our dreams run wild.
Remember where your passion came from and pay attention to your growth. Words can only guide you to the right thoughts so now it’s time for you to take action and take control.
Are you ready to be a #Girlboss? What would you add to this short list of advice for women becoming wanting to become their own bosses?