Lately I have been feeling very unimpressed with how studious I have not been. My lack of progress in furthering my career is discouraging. But I have not had the motivation to change any of that either – which only perpetuates how unimpressed with myself I get.
When I saw someone in my Journalism class with #GirlBoss next to her, I knew I had to get my hands on it. I had heard it was a good book and with such a provocative title, I strongly felt that would be the push I needed. Thanks, Khinali, for lending this gem to me.
Were I any more apathetic about fashion and style, I would be incapable of any human emotion. I had no idea who Sophia Amoruso is, but I am so sorry it took me so long to find out. She seems like the kind of avant-garde cool kid I would never have the courage to pursue a friendship with, but would always admire from afar.
On any other occasion, the laid-back language the book was written in would not have appealed to me. However, in #GirlBoss it was necessary – it felt like a friend was talking to me, and to me only. It was as though she was saying, “Kayleigh, you worry too much and it’s counterproductive – let me help you.”
Amoruso’s journey from thrift shop scavenger to a successful vixen of the business world was a beautiful story to be taken along with. Everyone I know that is ambitious knows that success comes with hours of grafting. But everyone I know expects their hard work to have a direct impact on their dream destination. Amoruso made the “unsuccessful” hard work benefit her, and that is something that really struck me. My parents have discouraged me from taking up odd jobs while I am studying, suggesting I focus all my efforts on a career as a journalist. Thinking about how I am going to find opportunities to get me to the position I consider to epitomise success stresses me out. I wonder about securing internships and how I will be able to prove myself and climb my way up. So sometimes, instead of trying anything, I watch an episode of Modern Family to calm myself down. Amoruso’s recollection of humble jobs at sandwich shops and shoe shops – and how she used these experiences those positions to increase her value as a business owner – was a good reminder that no experience needs to be a wasteful one.
I especially appreciated her point on paying attention to the details, how much they matter and, when you focus on them, you will never find time to be bored. I find myself so bored and uninspired far too often. It is equally as stifling as it is pathetic. When I read the chapter on how meticulous she was in creating her online business – how much care she put into it – I was deeply moved by her passion and how pure her intentions for it was. I thought about how many projects I have started with much enthusiasm and how many of them are in desperate need to be moulded into something excellent.
Reading #GirlBoss was the swift kick in the ass I needed. I saw how much work my LinkedIn account needed to be fixed. It gave me every tool I needed to think about how to be more employable. It gave me the motivation to look for opportunities and create them myself.
Any girl who would describe herself as ambitious but who does not know how to fix her malnourished resume would be doing herself a massive favour by reading this. Thanks for being so honest, Sophia.
[Featured image source: Fortune Dot Com]