Most empowering quotes from the book #GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso

Espree Devora
3 min readJul 29, 2016


#GIRLBOSS written by Sophia Amoruso is a no BS straight up business/self help/memoir about how a dumpster diving chic girl into vintage grew a multi million dollar fashion brand. It channels your inner boss and boosts confidence in oneself.

Quotes from #GIRLBOSS

“I may not of gone where I intended to go, but I think I’ve ended up where I needed to be” — Douglas Adams

“Life is short. Don’t be lazy”

“Just be your own idol”

“You don’t get what you don’t ask for”

P.1 “Nasty Gal would have surely failed had it been my goal to grow a business to the size that I have today.”

P.2 “When you begin with the finish line in mind, you miss all the fun stuff along the way.The better approach is to tweak & grow”

“When you believe in yourself, other people will believe in you too”

“It takes a special kind of stubbornness to succeed as an entrepreneur”

“If you believe that what you’re doing will have positive results, it will — even if it’s not immediately obvious”

“My customers told me what they wanted , and I always knew that if I listened to them, we’d both do okay.”

“If it sold, we learned. If it didn’t, we learned. And we kept on learning”

“Be yourself; everyone else is taken.” -Oscar Wilde

“There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure”

“When you approach everything as if it’s a big fun experiment, then it’s not a big deal if things don’t work out.”

“True success lies in knowing your weaknesses and playing to your strengths”

“When your time spent making money is significantly greater than your time spent spending money, you can save without thinking about it”

“Focus on the positive things in your life and you’ll be shocked at how many more positive things start happening”

“Constantly tweak & move on…if something didn’t work… I just tried something else.”

“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”

“It is she who has enough confidence to define success and failure for herself who succeeds.”

“When you accept yourself, it’s surprising how much other people will accept you too”

“Customer service was my number one priority”

“Rather than dictating what I thought my customers should buy and wear, I listened instead”

“Rather than force my idea of what Nasty Gal should be on my customers, I let them tell me along the way.”

“One key to running a successful business is to know how to get free marketing. Rule number one? Thats simple. Just do a good job.”

“…Nasty Gal is a feeling. It’s that feeling that unifies our customers and makes us about so much more than just selling clothes”

“Dream big all you want, but know that the first step toward those dreams is probably going to be a small one”

“We keep customers at the center of everything we do. Without customers, we have nothing”

“In order to aide money “Your ability to execute has to be just as strong, if not stronger, than your idea”

“Venture capitalists want to invest in businesses that ‘arent for sale’”

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