I am a “read the book first” kind of person. If I can avoid it, I will always devour the original before I see the film. But that doesn’t always end up happening.
In this case, I watched #GIRLBOSS, the Netflix series, before I read the book of the same name by Sophia Amoruso. And even though both are based on Amoruso’s rags to riches story as the founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal, the name is where the similarities end. Hollywood has taken some serious creative license on Amoruso’s life.
I won’t get into too many details about those differences because I feel every woman, or more exactly, every GIRLBOSS, should read the book and watch the series. In which order it doesn’t really matter. One is a tome of advice and humor, the other is more a catalogue of successes and hilarious mishaps of a seriously snarky young woman. But they have the same message that I believe is summed up in a single quote near the end of the book.
“Confidence is more attractive than anything you could put on your body.”
― Sophia Amoruso,
Coming from a woman who runs a major fashion powerhouse, that is saying something. After all, she’s made her millions by selling clothes. But I get what she’s saying. To Amoruso, she’s not merely selling clothes, she’s also selling confidence. To her, it doesn’t matter how well something is made or if it’s your perfect color. If you don’t have confidence, nothing’s going to look good on you. She explains the importance of confidence a little earlier in her book, showing that it was her belief in herself, rather than relying on her education or prior experience, that got her to where she is today.
“If you believe something, other people will believe it, too. You can’t convince someone else—whether it’s a potential employer, a loan officer at the car dealership, or someone you’ve been crushing on—that you’re amazing and terrific if you don’t actually think you are. This isn’t the false confidence that comes from getting a bunch of “likes” on your Instagram selfies, but a deep-down, unshakeable self-confidence that persists even when things aren’t going all that great.”
On Monday I start a new chapter in my career and I could not have read this book at a better time. It’s always nerve-wracking when you begin something new, especially a new job. But I know that with a healthy dose of confidence, and a killer outfit, I can do anything.
After all, as Amoruso says, “bad bitches are taking over the world.”
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