#Girlboss? This one’s for you…

Sophia Amoruso Nasty Galaxy GirlBoss creator

#Girlboss? This one’s for you…

Today we attended Brisbane’s Business Chicks event to hear from Sophia Amoruso, founder of the Nasty Gal online shopping platform and leader of the #GirlBoss movement. I thought I’d share some learnings with you from her presentation.

Everything is easy when you sleep through it

Sophia was talking about how she first began Nasty Gal. She took a job simply for health cover, and started the then-eBay based site while bored at work. It was hard work, and she had to do lots of research on things like search engine optimisation, eCommerce, and branding, but she leapt at the challenge. It was that or face the the boredom of her current job. It’s time to wake up and challenge yourself. If you’re asleep at the helm of your business and operating on routine, why not explore a new project, or diversify your business with a new service offering?

Learn what is right by doing what is wrong

This doesn’t sound like the best advice for someone running a business, but I took a lot from it. Sophia’s referencing the start of her career, where she made some mistakes and bad decisions in order to get ahead. She said she’s glad she got this type of behaviour out of her system while she was just starting out, as it’s made her appreciate the hard work that goes into everything she does now.

For me, this is a little bit like the saying “learn to fail, and fail fast” in that it sounds counterproductive. Why would you want to fail? Why would you want to do something the wrong way? Well, every time you do something wrong, you have an opportunity to learn. Whether it’s overcoming a big mistake, learning to rise above some bad press, or finding the silver lining in a bad situation, there’s always a chance to educate yourself. Which leads into…

Learn what is right by doing what is wrong

A New York Times bestseller, Sophia’s book #GirlBoss is being turned into a 13-episode series on Netflix. It’s a huge achievement for the 32-year-old, and many of us would think that’s the pinnacle of success. Not Sophia. Instead, she says that she’s finding even new ways to learn and develop herself. By co-producing the series with Charlize Theron, Sophia is learning a whole range of new skills, like casting talent, writing for television, and of course, how to produce a TV show. When asked what the coolest part of this process was, she casually replied that it was the chance to take on a new skill, saying she saw the show as an opportunity to connect herself to a whole other world.

Now, you’ll have to excuse me, because after that last mic drop, I’m fangirling over Sophia more than ever! If you ever get the chance to see her speak, I’d highly recommend it. I’m a huge fan of her podcast, GirlBoss Radio, where she offers other great advice like the bits I’ve taken away today.

This post was written by MEA’s Marketing Projects Advisor, Rachelle Forbes. We welcome and encourage guest posts from anyone in the Women in Contracting community. If you have a story to submit, please email us today.

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