Saturday, June 16, 2018

#GIRLBOSS-Book Review

''This book will teach you how to learn from your own mistakes and from other people’s (like mine). It will teach you when to quit and when to ask for more. It will teach you to ask questions and take nothing at face value, to know when to follow the rules and when to rewrite them. It will help you to identify your weaknesses and play to your strengths. It will show you that there’s a certain amount of irony to life.'-#GIRLBOSS.

Remember that new year's resolution I made to read two books a month well so far 50% achieved. Which tells me it is only realistically possible for me to read one book a month. Also this year I am making a conscious decision to read books written by female authors.This because I feel that we have different struggles and men are so very privileged by the societal and cultural norms(in my culture men are kings). Very few men would understand why Shonda Rhimes talks about the need and usefulness of a help at home to make sure you don't loose it by having too many balls in the air or why in Lean In the issues of women underestimating their abilities,blaming themselves for failure and not seeing themselves in leadership positions is talked about.

Enough about my book reading goals now lets talk about book five of the year which is Sophia Amoruso's #GIRLBOSS.It is a book that aims to teach girls/women how to be girl bosses in whatever fields they are in.Sophia tells the story of how she built her multi-billionare dollar business from scratch by doing what she loves(sell of vintage clothes),lessons she learnt as her company grew and what she wishes she knew when she was younger.She invites different girl bosses to tell their stories and experiences in some of the chapters.

I honestly think this book would make a wonderful gift for any young lady just out of college or in her last year of school.Its so full of life lessons and an easy read.So if you have such a person in your life don't say I didn't inform you about this good gift idea 😊.

Here are the top 5 lessons I picked from the book.

Hardwork and patience

''To be, in a word, unborable. . . . It is the key to modern life. If you are immune to boredom, there is literally nothing you cannot accomplish''-David Foster Wallace

Sophia tells the story of how she had to do jobs she didn't like just to pay bills and she even took one job because it had medical insurance and she needed a surgery.How she was at every vintage sale earlier than other buyers,how she curated her eBay page to ensure the pictures were excellent and how she spent time marketing her company using Myspace.All this to make sure she was winning at her business which before all the success was a lot of struggle.

Sometimes Most times life doesn't give you what you want on a platter.The perfect analogy to explain this is you pray for cake and you get eggs,flour,sugar,oil and baking powder.A lot of people would think that their prayer wasn't answered.The lesson here is be patient and power through all your 'boring' jobs/tasks and soon enough it will all pay off.


'When I’m not working, I’m still working. I’m always observing, I’m taking photos of patterns and colors I see on the streets, I’m jotting down ideas, I’m meeting new people, connecting the dots, researching my craft, trying out new products, giving my friends manicures, working on my website, updating my social media accounts, working on my own products, on collaborative projects, putting together inspiration boards or sketching new ideas. I’m working on my craft and my business not because I feel obligated, but because I love it.''-#GIRLBOSS.

If you want to be the best at what you do you have to stay hungry and this book emphasis this The way to beat the competition is to become the master of what you do,humility,honesty, politeness and always keeping in mind where you came from.Passion and a little good manners go a long way in helping one achieve their dreams.

Live within your means

'There is no dignity quite so impressive, and no independence quite so important, as living within your means'-Calvin Coolidge.

This books talks a lot about money specifically how to make it but what I love the most is that it also speaks about saving money and why it's important to not keep up with anyone.A lesson I believe is invaluable to everyone and especially the young-ins who are more likely to spend as a result of peer pressure.


' I treat my Internet passwords as modern-day sigils, embedding them with wishes or promises to me, or even financial goals for the company. (Hey, I never made any claims to be normal here.) That way, every time I go to log in anywhere, I’m subtly reminding myself of what I’m working for. This kind of intention setting has worked for me. Dozens of times a day, as I tap out a few strokes on the keyboard, I’m reminding myself of the bigger picture. This ensures that when I’m bogged down with day-to-day bureaucracy and details, I don’t lose sight of what I really want.'-#GIRLBOSS.

How many times do you log in onto something during the day? I am guessing many times and what passwords do you use? if you are like me its a standard one for all the sites and platforms and it is not anything special.Now imagine if your passwords were your goals.To log in to your email the password is Alhamdullilah,to log in to blogger it is-don't waste time......................wouldn't this be useful in reminding you of things that are important to you.I am applying this and hopefully it acts as a constant reminder of what is important to me.You should do it too 😊. 

Love your self

It sounds incredibly platitudinal, but no one will ever be able to love you if you don’t love yourself. What’s beautiful about it is that if you love yourself enough, you don’t need the validation from anyone else.

We live in a world where people crave validation from other people.You are as good as the number of likes on your IG posts or views on your posts or followers you have.This book encourages you to love yourself,follow your passion,put in the work needed and to be patient while waiting for the success.

What books are you reading? How are your reading goals so far? I would love to know.

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