Sophia Amoruso on Living Deliberately

Shortcuts rarely take us where we want to go. For Sophia Amoruso, founder and executive chairman of fashion retailer Nasty Gal and author of #GIRLBOSS and Nasty Galaxy, shortcuts led to dead-end jobs and dumpster diving. Through failure, she learned to take control of her life and live each day deliberately. SUCCESS Editor-in-Chief Josh Ellis chats with Amoruso about the importance of taking risks, playing to your strengths and failing a little every day.

This interview appears on the SUCCESS Talks Collection October 2016 edition.



  • How this modern-day entrepreneur’s path to building her brand was anything but typical and required her to take risks and shift perceptions.
  • Why staying humble and remembering your roots will keep your grounded after achieving success.
  • Innovation comes in many forms. Find something you’re passionate about and chase it for the sake of the passion rather than money.
  • Why it’s important to play to your strengths to avoid the loneliness of leadership.


Favorite Quote From This Episode: 

“Being a girl boss is not about being the boss of other people. You can be the boss of other people, but it’s really about waking up every day and living your life deliberately.” — Sophia Amoruso


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