I’m currently completing the third internship of my university degree. As graduation inches closer (though still a year away), I can’t help but plan for my future. This is the time to choose my path, make connections, apply to jobs, and prove myself. What better starting point than getting advice from two female successes/#GIRLBOSSES: Sophia Amoruso of Nasty Gal and Aliza Licht of DKNY. Continue reading for my thoughts on their books and few takeaways of advice.
Note: the takeaways are just previews of the incredible amount of advice these books give. These are simply some tips from the pages I happened to dog-ear. I hope it gives you a good enough glimpse into what you can learn from these women.
#GIRLBOSS by Sophia Amoruso
Sophia Amoruso didn’t start off as a business-driven individual; from dropping out of high school, to dumpster diving, to hitchhiking. It was when she found her passion for vintage clothing and the ability to sell on eBay, that she began what is now Nasty Gal – a $100 million company. She put everything into her eBay store and, to even her surprise, it grew exponentially over the years. This isn’t a girl who had fortune handed to her, this is a #GIRLBOSS who worked her ass off. As she’s proved from her successful business, “fortune favours the bold who get shit done”.
A Few Takeaways
On those who fear working hard: “It takes a lot of hard work to [be successful], and then once you arrive, it takes even more hard work to stay there”!
On the 2 keys to a successful business: “knowing your customer and knowing how to get free marketing” (i.e. treating customers like they are your friends)
On the frustration of not getting what you want: “Have you actually flat-out asked for it? If you haven’t, stop complaining. You can’t expect people to read your mind.”
On being 1 in 400 Trillion: “This takes into account the chance of your parents meeting out of all the people on the planet, the chance of them reproducing, the chance of being born at the exact moment you were, [and so on … point being,] we should take the sheer improbability of our own existence as a kick in the butt to get out of bed in the morning.”
Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht
Aliza was on the path to med school when she stopped, evaluated her life, and realised she wasn’t living her dream. Her passion lied in the world of fashion, something she never thought could be a career. With no magazine or fashion experience, she worked her way up to being SVP of global communications at Donna Karan International and the brains behind the DKNY PR Girl Twitter account (with a following of over half a million). She writes many easy-to-follow lists for tips on resumes, cover letters, interviews, dealing with office politics, networking, etc! I plan on referring back to this book for years to come; it’s definitely a career guidebook.
A Few Takeaways
On getting experience when you have no experience: “Dig deep and find the contact that is closest to what you ultimately want to do” and “set up [informational] interviews with as many different people as you can” – I personally recommend that one as well; it’s how I broke into the world of marketing agencies.
On timing for promotions: “the best time to ask for a promotion is two to three months before your company’s annual review period. Don’t wait for the review process because that’s when everyone else will be asking for a promotion. You want to get in there first.” Though asking for a promotion is far in my future (I’m still a student/intern), I dog-eared this page for when I need it!
On being social media savvy: “As an individual, your followers also want to gain something for following you. If you have great advice or a good fashion eye in this case, why not recommend something?”
On style: “it’s one factor in creating your personal brand … your style needs to empower you to take on the word each day … [giving you] the energy and confidence to tackle whatever comes [your] way.”
Like I said there are more tips than you could have asked for in these books. I don’t want to give all the good stuff away! They will motivate you to take charge of your life and make your career dreams come true. Do yourself (and your career) a favour, head over to the bookstore, purchase these books, and start reading!
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