20 things I've learned from Sophia Amoruso

  1. Running your own company meant that every single day, if not every hour, there was some sort of new challenge to tackle, a new problem to solve, and there was no time to linger on anything.
  2. True success lies in knowing your weaknesses and playing to your strengths.
  3. Figure out what you love doing and don’t suck at, then try to figure out how to make a living doing that! Don’t be scared. We’re all going to die, it’s just a question of when and how.
  4. Don’t get caught up in hanging out. Celebrate when there’s something to celebrate. Take pride in what you do. Don’t do sloppy work. Be the best. Have something original and special to offer that makes people’s lives better.
  5. Money spells freedom. 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.
  6. 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.
  7. When your time spent making money is significantly greater than your time spent spending money, you will be amazed at how much you can save without even really thinking about it.
  8. Treat your savings account like just another bill. It has to be paid every month, or there are consequences. It’s an emergency fund only (and vacations are not emergencies).
  9. Spend money because it’s an investment in your own well-being, not because you’re bored and have nothing else to do.
  10. Naturally, every business comes with competitors, but it is entirely up to you to decide how much time you spend thinking about them.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
  13. If you start a business, expect that you’re probably going to be broke for a long time. If you’re not broke, consider yourself broke, because it is shortsighted to pay yourself a big salary too early.
  14. Listen. It’s one of the greatest gifts you could give to yourself.
  15. Create your own job. Become the master of what you do. Fully immerse yourself in your culture. Be humble: You are never above having to pack boxes. Never forget where you came from. And always be polite. Good old-fashioned manners can get you very far.
  16. Having good style takes thought, creativity, confidence, self-awareness, even sometimes a little bit of work.
  17. Life stops for no one, so keep moving. Stay awake and stay alive. There’s no AutoCorrect in life—think before texting the universe.
  18. You should get dressed for your life. Don’t care if the only place you have to go is the post office: Get dressed.
  19. You create the world, blink by blink. It is entirely yours to discover and yours to create.
  20. Never let go of your appetite to go after new ideas, new experiences, and new adventures. Compete with yourself, not with others.