Quotations: #Girlboss By Sophia Amoruso



"The concept of success is really weird. Is success building a beloved brand and business? Or is it how you handle yourself when it gets hard? Is success being in the right place at the right time - with the right voice, skill set, team, and drive to cobble it all together? Or is success figuring out how to tame the behemoth once it sprouts legs and sharp teeth?" 

"The older I get, the less confident I become. There's simply more to lose." 

"Sometimes people want to drag you into the past, are unwilling to change, and stand in judgment of the decisions you make when they have even less information than you do." 

"But here's the thing: Everyone, at the end of the day, really needs to be led."

"Success is about playing to your strengths." 

"There's a sense of pride that you can feel when you're closer to the results of your work. That's the beauty of a small business." 

"You shouldn't idolize anyone. And I'm telling you again, don't idolize me. I don't know shit. And neither do your parents. But if I can pull any of this off, so can you. Take that and run with it." 


"I never intended to be a role model, but there are parts of my story, and the lessons I've learned from it, that I want to share."

"Don't ever grow up,
Don't become a bore. 
Don't ever let the man get to you."


"Life is short. Don't be lazy." 

"A #Girlboss is someone who's in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. As a #Girlboss, you take control and accept responsibility. You're a fighter - you know when to throw punches and when to roll with them. Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always, on your own terms. You know where you're going, but can't do it without having some fun along the way. You value honesty over perfection. You ask questions. You take your life seriously, but you don't take yourself too seriously. You're going to take over the world, and change it in the process. You're a badass." - page 11

"Abandon anything about your life and habits that might be holding you back. Learn to create your own opportunities. Know that there is no finish line; fortune favors action. Race balls-out toward the extraordinary life that you've always dreamed of, or still haven't had time to dream up. And prepare to have a hell of a lot of fun along the way." - page 15

"For me to fully appreciate thing I must first reject them." - page 16

"You don't have to choose between smart and sexy. You can have both. You are both." - page 17

"You don't get taken seriously by asking someone to take you seriously. You've got to show up and own it. If this is a man's world, who cares? I'm still really glad to be in a girl in it." - page 17

"You combine hard work, creativity, and self-determination, and things start to happen." - page 17

"When you believe in yourself, other people will believe in you too." - page 18


"There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure."


"When you have an attention span the length of an eyelash, it doesn't take long to learn what you like and what you don't." - page 62

"What I know now is that nothing is universally boring - what's boring to you could be totally engaging to someone else. If you're bored and hating it, it's a big sign that you've most likely just in the wrong place." - page 70

"I want what I want when and where I want it." -page 75

"If you suck at school, don't let let it kill your spirit. It does not mean that you are stupid or worthless, or that you are never going to succeed at anything. It just means that your talents lie elsewhere, so take the opportunity to seek out what you are good at, and find a place where you can flourish. Once you do, you're going to kill it." - page 81


"Compromise is just a part of life." - page 108

"Life is written, like a great big experiment." - page 110


"Money spells freedom." - page 119

"If you learn to control your finances, you won't find yourself stuck in jobs, places or relationships that you hate just because you can't afford to go elsewhere." - page 120

"Learning how to manage your money is one of the most important things you'll ever do. Being in a good spot financially can open up so many doors. Being in a bad spot can slam them in your face. And being broke gets old, so start making smart decisions now to avoid paying for stupid ones later." - page 120

"When you take care of the little things, you'll be pleasantly surprised to find out that the big things often happen much more easily." - page 122

"Get them before they get you: Pay up and pay on time." - page 123

"Do not spend more money than you have." - page 124

"Set things for more than you pay for them, and save more than you spend." - page 129

"Treat your savings account like just another bill. It has to be paid every month or there are consequences." - page 129

"Money looks better in the bank than on your feet." - page 130

"You don't get what you don't ask for." - page 131

"If you're frustrated because you're not getting what you want, stop for a second. Have you actually flat-out asked for it? If you haven't, stop complaining." - page 131

"Sometimes it pays to spend a little more than you bargained for on real quality." - page 133

"Spend money because it's an investment in your own well-being, not because you're bored and have nothing else to do." - page 133

"The common way is not always the best way." - page 134


"You get back what you put out, so you might as well think positively, focus on visualizing what you want instead of getting distracted by what you don't want, and send the universe your good intentions so that it can send them right back." - page 140

"Each time you make a good decision or do something nice or take care of yourself, each time you show up to work and work hard and do your best at everything, you can do, you've been plating seeds for a life that you can only hope will grow beyond your wildest dreams. Take care of little things - even the little things that you hate - and treat them as promises to your own future." - page 142

"Keep reminding yourself over and over that this is what you want, and you'll soon find that the more you know what you want, the less you're willing to put up with what you don't." - page 145

"One of the best things about life - a reason not to go blindly after one goal and one goal only - is that sometimes it will take you to something that is way cooler than anything you would have consciously set out to do in the first place." - page 145

"While I truly believe that you must have intentions to fulfill your dreams, I also think you have to leave room for the universe to have its way and play around a bit." - page 146

"If something's not working out, but you keep hammering at it in the exact same way, go after something else, for a while. That's not giving up, that's just letting the universe have its way." - page 147

"When you think about people, you give them power." - page 148

"I don't want to spend time thinking about things that I don't want to have a place in my life. You have to kick people out of your head as forcefully as you'd kick someone out of your house if you didn't want them to be there." - page 151

"Focus on the positive things in your life and you'll be shocked at how many more positive things start happening. But before you start to think you just got lucky, remember that it's magic, and you made it yourself." - page 152


"As a kid you're not self-aware enough to understand why you're different, you just know that you are." - page 158

"I spent way too much time thinking about what other people thought about me, and what I could possibly do to make them like me more." - page 159

"I'll admit that sometimes feeling bad feels good." - page 162

"I don't believe we're all fit for the time we're assigned. It's a weird world we live in, and until time travel exists we've all got to make the most of where we land." - page 163

"Failure is your invention." - page 164

"There's a certain freedom to being an outsider. You do what you want, say what you want, and move on when you've worn out your welcome." - page 165

"I stopped feeling as if I didn't belong anywhere, and realized that i belonged anywhere I wanted to be." - page 167

"No matter where you are in life, you'll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think about you. The earlier in your life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be. You is who you is, so get used to it." - page 168

"When you accept yourself, it's surprising how much other people will accept you, too." - page 168

"Embrace all the things that make you different." - page 170

"Alter your clothes all you want, but don't you dare alter your inner freak - she's got your back as much as I do." - page 170

"Remember #GirlBoss: It's not cool to get drunk on your own success." - page 172


"Knowing when to speak up and when to shut up will get you very far not only in business, but in life." - page 191

"Own up to your mistakes and apologize for them. Everyone will make a mistake at some point, and the sooner you can admit where you went wrong, the sooner you can start to fix it." - page 196

"Be honest with yourself about yourself and your abilities." - page 196

"Your boss is not your friend and if you're the boss, your employees aren't your friends." - page 197

"Everyone should be given the opportunity to improve." - page 204


"Human nature tells us to want what we can't have." - page 231


"Anything you do can be creative." - page 249

"That also highlights the difference between fashion and style: You can have a ton of money and buy yourself all the designer goods you can stuff into the trunk of your Mercedes Benz, but no amount of money can buy your style." - page 269

"Being mean won't make you cool, being rich won't make you cool, and having the right clothes, while it may help won't make you cool. It's cool to be kind. It's cool to be weird. It's cool to be honest and to be secure with yourself." - page 270

"Confidence is more attractive than anything you could put on your body." - page 273


"Someone has to succeed, so it might as well be you." - page 284

"You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create." - page 285

"What you can control is how hard you try, and if or when to pack it in." - page 286

"So when life hits you with something unexpected, you have to be prepared to hit right back - and leave your own smear in the process." - page 286

"Compete with yourself, not with others. Judge yourself on what is your personal best and you'll accomplish more than you could ever have imagine. Life stops for no one, so keep moving. Stay awake and stay alive. There's no Auto Correct in life - think before texting the universe. Breaking the rules just for fun is too easy - the real challenge lies in perfecting the art of knowing which rules to accept and which to rewrite. The more you experiment, take risks, and make mistakes, the better you'll know yourself, the better you'll know the world, and the more focused you'll be." - page 287

"And once you've found success, don't stop." - page 287

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