When we were first talking about launching Motherly, we were looking for inspiration anywhere we could find it.
The New York Times? Check. House Beautiful magazine? Double check.
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Once an underemployed twentysomething living at her parents house, Sophia chased her dream to found an online clothing company now worth somewhere around $250 million dollars.
How do you like them vintage boots?
We absolutely loved her own-it attitude—and her modern guide to business.
If you're a nurse thinking of taking on a new initiative at the hospital, or a teacher stepping up to new responsibilities in your department—or a business lady thinking of stepping out on your own, #GIRLBOSS is full of modern mantras you won't be able to help but want to shout at the top of your lungs.
Whatever your calling, you'll adore her vintage rags-to-riches story, full of inspiring ideas for taking control of your career.
Here are 5 lessons we learned from #GIRLBOSS:
"When you believe in yourself, other people believe in you, too"
Sophia gives this anecdote:
“My mom says that when I was five, I got a red string and ran across the playground with it trailing after me. All of the other kids asked what it was, and I told them that it was a kite. Soon everyone had red strings, and we all ran together, our kites high in the sky."
Moral of the story: For others to believe in you, you first have to believe in yourself.
Now go fly that crazy kite like only you can.
When the going gets tough, keep on going
“If you believe that what you're doing will have positive results, it will—even if it's not immediately obvious," Sophia writes.
“I responded to every single comment that anyone left on my page. It just seemed like the polite thing to do. Many companies were spending millions of dollars trying to nail social media, but I just went with my instincts and treated my customers like they were my friends. Even with no manager watching to give me a gold start, it was important to do my best. Who cares if a tree falls in a forest and no one hears it? The tree still falls.
So get that grad degree you're dreaming about—even if you're not sure yet exactly where it will take you yet.
Launch that product line—as long as you're learning along the way, you'll end up ahead, even if the business doesn't ultimately succeed.
Persistence really is the thing that leads to success in so many projects in life.
Don't be afraid to keep on keeping on.
Always be a work in progress
“I never assumed that I'd just done my best job the first time around. Your challenge as a #GIRLBOSS is to dive head first into things without being too attached to the results. When your goal is to gain experience, perspective and knowledge, failure is no longer a possibility. . .it's actually quite empowering."
"You belong where you want to belong"
Think you don't have the credentials to launch into a new industry ?
Worried you don't speak the lingo of other, more experienced people on the path you're going down?
Use that to your advantage.
“There's a certain freedom to being an outsider. You do what you want, say what you want, and move on when you've worn out your welcome," she writes in a passage explaining what it's like to find herself working as a CEO—a role she never prepared herself for and one that required a ton of on-the-job learning. “No matter where you are in life, you'll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you."
If a #GIRLBOSS isn't afraid of asking “dumb questions" then we're all about it, too.
Unlock what motivates you
And chase it.
“I think that part of the reason Nasty Gal has been so successful is because my goals were never financial ones. I believed in what I was doing, and fortunately other people believed in it as well. I cared as much about the process as I did about the results. No decision was too small. Whether it was the word choice in a product description or the expression on a model's face, I treated everything with the utmost care. At the time this was just because, like I said before, I'm the kind of person who pays attention to something as small as a crooked shipping label. In hindsight, I see that it's those small things that can make or break a business."
Like a #GIRLBOSS.