Sophia Amoruso, founder of Nasty Gal, has released memoir-like business guide titled "Girl Boss" chronicling her successes and failures.
Amoruso spoke about her past with the Huffington Post, revealing why she decided to open up about her journey. Amoruso started an eBay store at 22-years-old. Eight years later, she became the CEO of NastyGal, an online clothing retailer that brings in over $100 million in sales. Check out the best snippets of her interview below. You can purchase "Girl Boss" at a bookstore near you.
Why Amoruso decided to pen a business guide:
"I've read business books, and business magazines, and 10 years ago if you had told me 'Hey, you should read this business book,' I would have been like, 'that's boring.' But I actually find it pretty fascinating. There are so many parts of business that you can apply to real life. And I wanted to share that learning with girls, so I think #GIRLBOSS is a little bit of a gateway drug to the world of business books. It's also a memoir and a life bible. The world tells you: go to high school, get good grades. Go to college, get good grades. Start your first job and then you'll get a better job. And that works for many, many people -- but none of it worked for me.'
How Amoruso views on success:
"You know, success is a scary concept, because it assumes something kind of final. In the grand scheme of life, I don't think there is some ultimate success. As a business we've learned not to go into things and do them for the sake of doing them, but to say 'What do we want? What results do we actually want from this?" And to look back and say, "Did we do what we planned to do?' That's one version of success. I think we're all capable of creating successes in our life every day, and I think that's a much healthier approach to your life and your career. If something doesn't work out and you learn from it, you've still been successful."
Advice Amoruso would give to her young self:
"I think I paid attention to everything that I needed to and could, at the start. I can be pretty reactive, and I've learned over time to be less reactive, to stop and think before I make decisions. When a company becomes a lot larger, the big decisions that you're making sometimes have a lot of money at stake and a lot of people's careers at stake. So it's a totally different process now, and there's been a learning curve to that for me. So I would say, "calm down," maybe. Just a little bit. I'm still working on that."