This book is such an inspirational anthem to do your thing. It’s a bad girl gone good by working hard, breaking some few choice rules, and being creative. It is refreshing to hear someone who admits she came from a stance that capitalism is bad and full of greed and came to believe that it is more nuanced than that.
Throughout the book, she sprinkles some good common sense business tips. She provides a lot of good advice regarding money, especially regarding credit cards, savings, and investing yourself. She realizes that having money gives you the freedom to do what you want to do and not be stuck in a job or bad relationship. Save at least 10%, always pay back your credit cards in timely manner and don’t increase your spending when your income increases.
Besides money talk, there are a couple of inspirational talks about being yourself. Here’s a couple of choice quotes that I love:
“Why fit in when you were born to stand out?” Dr. Seuss
“Life isn’t about finding yourself. Life is about creating yourself.” George Bernard Shaw
“You Belong Wherever You Want to Belong” – p 99, eBook version.
“No matter where you are in life, you’ll save a lot of time by not worrying too much about what other people think of you. The earlier in life that you can learn that, the easier the rest of it will be. You is who you is, so get used to it.” p 100, eBook version.
There’s a chapter on hiring, staying employed and firing that is mostly about doing the best work you can and working hard (the staying employed part).
There is also a chapter on creativity and how it informs everything she does. Even when she worked at Subway, she tried to apply some creativity.
The closing chapter discusses taking a chance on yourself. If you listen to others, your dreams most likely won’t come true. Stay curious, take risks, and give it your best.
“You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create.” P 165 of eBook.