YOUR CHALLENGE AS A #GIRLBOSS IS TO DIVE HEADFIRST INTO THINGS WITHOUT BEING TOO ATTACHED TO THE RESULTS. WHEN YOUR GOAL IS TO GAIN EXPERIENCE, PERSPECTIVE, AND KNOWLEDGE, FAILURE IS NO LONGER A POSSIBILITY. FAILURE IS YOUR INVENTION. I BELIEVE THAT THERE IS A SILVER LINING IN EVERYTHING, AND ONCE YOU BEGIN TO SEE IT, YOU’LL NEED SUNGLASSES TO COMBAT THE GLARE.
Sophia Amoroso, Founder of Nasty Gal and Author of #Girlboss, played a pretty significant role in the development my personal style and voice. For those of you who aren’t familiar with Sophia, she got an unconventional start in e-commerce selling stolen books from Barnes & Noble on Ebay. From there she started selling vintage clothes on Ebay, and clearly having great taste, she grew a following and Nasty Gal was born. Nasty Gal became a multimillion dollar online clothing store, up to $500 million at one point, until filing for bankruptcy at the beginning of 2017.
It’s no question that Sophia is a total badass. She worked unbelievably hard to build Nasty Gal from literally nothing as a college dropout at the age of 22. Not only that, she is also a two time published author, founder of Girlboss Radio, and has a TV show airing on Netflix this year. Through all of this she’s built an army of loyal #girlboss supporters. Myself included.
She received copious amounts of negative publicity when “the Girlboss filed for bankruptcy.” The company sold to a British e-commerce brand and is no longer come March 2017; her business failed just like hundreds and thousands of businesses and ideas do every single day. Unfortunately for Sophia, she endured failure in the spotlight.
I amend her for her grace and composure through it all. From what I could gather through interviews and social media, she’s handled it like a total…well, Girlboss. She let her followers know she was fine by joking about it over social media, being honest about what happened, and even sharing the intimate details of her personal life on top of it all.
Her honesty and humility is what I love most. Not to mention she worked hard to pursue other sources of revenue so that when one failed, she had something to fall back on.
She an inspiration to me to keep hustling and to be honest and open when failure hits. Whether that means your 20 million dollar company goes bankrupt or your dog walking business struggles. Failure is inevitable because we are human. It’s all about how we react and bounce back, and Sophia is a role model for how every woman should approach and respond to failure.
Thanks for reading, Girlbosses. Talk tomorrow!
Feb 21, 2017