A few years ago, while working a 9-5 job and running my blog (formerly called GracieCarroll.com which has since been re-branded to this site, Edit Seven), I decided to launch a new site with an e-commerce focus, on top of everything I was already juggling. Around the same time that I was working towards bringing my newest business to life, a book called #GIRLBOSS was released by Sophia Amoruso. Now well known for her media company that’s aptly called Girlboss, back then Sophia’s name was all the rage for the explosive growth of her online fashion retail business, Nasty Gal. This was the success story that every fashion girl dreamed of and it gave hope to anyone (including myself) who was a small fish that aspired to become a big badass shark. Sophia’s book became my Bible; I was so inspired by her story, and it helped me believe that I was heading in the right direction with the business I was building.
Although our careers are obviously on very different scales, it is kind of ironic that e-tail didn’t work out too great for either of us and we’re now both focused on our media ventures. Ya live and ya learn, right?
Recently in Toronto, the Edit Seven team was invited to a beautyBOUTIQUE BY Shopper’s Drug Mart event that featured the appearance of the one and only Girlboss Founder and CEO in the flesh. I couldn’t easily pin point how the two brands were related, but it didn’t matter, I RSVP’d immediately. As is the nature with most of these types of events, I expected to see Sophia on a stage, answering Q&As or, if we were lucky, a keynote speech that discussed her rollercoaster career. Then, I found myself sat right next to her, alongside a very intimate group of three other bloggers, with 15 minutes to ask her anything we wanted.
2 gals in their dresses. It me with Sophia Amoruso!
An unexpected interview opportunity with Sophia had me breaking into a sweat. I mean, this was my chance to ask the woman who inspired part of my career anything I wanted! Was I going to use the opportunity to ask her about what summer bronzer to use? No. I wanted to know about business things!
I had pushed for answers on expanding a small business and how to raise money for the first time, but let’s be honest: a 15-minute window in a group interview setting isn’t exactly where you’re going to get the answers you really want. So here I’m sharing the answers from the last question I was able squeeze in before our 15 minutes were up. Since Sophia’s #GIRLBOSS book has inspired so many of us and our careers, I asked her about the business books that have inspired her.
Keep reading for three of her top book recommendations that you should probably add to your reading list immediately.
The Richest Man in Babylon
In language as simple as that found in the Bible, these fascinating and informative stories set you on a sure path to prosperity and its accompanying joys. This is the book that holds the secrets to keeping your money—and making more. May they prove for you, as they have proven for millions of others, a sure key to gratifying financial progress.
The Richest Man in Babylon, $9.93 online at Indigo
The Hard Thing About Hard Things
Ben Horowitz, cofounder of Andreessen Horowitz and one of Silicon Valley’s most respected and experienced entrepreneurs, offers essential advice on building and running a startup—practical wisdom for managing the toughest problems business school doesn’t cover, based on his popular ben’s blog.
The Hard Thing About Hard Things, $32.93 online at Indigo
The Untethered Soul
What would it be like to free yourself from limitations and soar beyond your boundaries? What can you do each day to discover inner peace and serenity? The Untethered Soul offers simple yet profound answers to these questions.Whether this is your first exploration of inner space, or you’ve devoted your life to the inward journey, this book will transform your relationship with yourself and the world around you.
The Untethered Soul, $22.01 online at Indigo
(Story by Editor-in-Chief, Gracie Carroll)