Updated: May 21, 2022
This is a book review for the book Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso.
If you haven't seen the popular spinoff show, Sophia Amoruso is the founder and executive chairman of Nasty Gal, and "Girlboss" is her story. As a Reiki Master always looking for books to read, I've discovered a lot of power in reading the stories of entrepreneurs in today's age. With the world quickly becoming more digital by the moment, the model for how to run a successful Reiki practice is shifting. Learning from other businesses and the experiences of other people is, well, inspiring.
Amoruso was not the star student of her high school who ended up at an Ivy League college. She was a hitchhiker, shoplifter, and dumpster diver with a creative eye and a clever mind wired for survival. The most interesting thing about this book is that she doesn't have some master plan about business that drives her safely to the finish. She makes mistakes, she experiences a lot of failure, and in that process, she highlights the grit and hope needed for real success.
We're entering a new generation of business where the newest templates for successful business are coming out in autobiographies, and being taught outside of the academic world. Amoruso's voice is young, feminine, and strong as she plays to the rebels, the outsiders, and the creatives who are looking for affirmation that success can really happen without selling our souls.
When I was in my 20s doing costume design in Los Angeles, I felt the energy of the glamorous hustle, and that ultimately led me to create businesses I loved, including a metaphysical website. I learned a lot from packing boxes, learning to code, and hunting esoteric antiques--so reading Girlboss, I felt how resonant and true an experience it could be. It is, in fact, the story of many Los Angeles creatives, and it's more possible and common than people realize. The world is vast outside of the 40 hour employed work week, and you start to get a glimpse of that here.
When you're a Reiki practitioner, you are also a business owner. It's something that can be easy to forget, but remembering that fact is how you will ultimately create stability and success in your practice. I can't say that this book is a necessity for Reiki practitioners by any means, but I enjoyed it heartily, and feel that the more we expose ourselves to the life journey of others, the more we accumulate wisdom and perspective.
If you read this book, send me a message and let me know what you think!
DAILEY LITTLE is a healing practitioner, transformational life coach, ordained Priestess, and teacher who founded Healing Heart Reiki to help others navigate life with joy. She offers private sessions, and teaches classes in healing and mindset from a magical peaceful corner of the world in Northern California. For more info see: www.SantaRosaReiki.com