The keys to being a successful femtrepreneur

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Earlier this year, I read #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso for some feminine inspiration. In case you don’t know who Sophia Amoruso is, Amoruso is an American businesswoman who started the multi-million dollar fashion company, Nasty Gal, at age 23 from her laptop. After trying her hand at multiple jobs but not finding much luck, she decided to make her own. 

I’m currently 23 and I’ll be the first one to admit, I’m still a bit lost and can’t even imagine owning a company at this point in my life. But the #1 step to being a Girlboss Femtreprenuer is showing up.

When I think of a Girlboss Femtrepeneur, I imagine a strong, independent professional woman who embodies motivation and change. Also, has great fashion taste and intimidates you a little. I’d like I’m on my way there… (but then again my friends would laugh if my name was in the same sentence as intimidating). My Bumble profile reads, “I will never put you before my career or dog”.

So, what makes a successful Femtreprenuer? 

“A #GIRLBOSS is someone who’s in charge of her own life. She gets what she wants because she works for it. As a #GIRLBOSS, you take control and accept responsibility. You’re a fighter – you know when to throw punches and when to roll with them. Sometimes you break the rules, sometimes you follow them, but always on your own terms. You know where you’re going but can’t do it without having some fun along the way. You value honesty over perfection. You ask questions. You take life seriously, but you don’t take yourself too seriously. You’re going to take over the world, and change it in the process. You’re a badass.”

― Sophia Amoruso

Make yourself a priority

As a Femtreprenuer, you need to learn to put yourself first. It’s not selfish or heartless but what you deserve! I’ve put my own goals and happiness on the backburner for others so many times when instead I should have been at the top of my to-do list from the start. Life isn’t about pleasing others, rather finding your own growth and success. Plus, the more you care about yourself, the more you can care for others.

I feel like 2017 was the year of ‘self-care’. There have been numerous articles, videos, and various content about the importance of being good to yourself. Sleep well, eat well, live well, etc. You need to take care of your physical self for your mental self to be at peak. (As the contrary.) Like my grandmother always told me, you cannot pour from an empty cup.

And when you finally start seeing your worth, you’ll find it harder to stay content. The rest will follow.

Related: Remember To Practice Self Care This Winter

 

Surround yourself with positivity

Do not expect positive change in your life if you surround yourself with negative people. Femtrepenuers pick their inner circle carefully. You should create a squad full of individuals who inspire you and lift you up. Leave toxic people behind in 2018. Your environment will influence your experience. 

The biggest set-back is when women treat other women like competition. It is already difficult enough for a woman to succeed in the business world… we should be empowering one another! Stand with other women, not against them.

Be Confident

Personally, I need to work on this. I’m a timid person and very rarely speak up. Confidence is so important to your success! Confidence isn’t just about the way you look but you also need to be confident in your ideas, speech, and relationships. To be a girl boss, you first gotta believe you ARE a girl boss! Live the life you’ve imagined and it will become real. 

Like I said previously, you need to know your worth and from there you’ll be confident in your decisions. Even if you’re unsure about something –if you act confident, others will trust you and follow. 

You’ll also be less afraid to leave your comfort zone. When you’re afraid, confidence will exclaim… who cares what they think? So what if I fail?

“It’s cool to be kind. It’s cool to be weird. It’s cool to be honest and to be secure with yourself.”
― Sophia Amoruso

Stay focused

This may seem like a harsh reality but the woman you’re becoming will come at a cost. Whether that’s friends, money, unexpected life changes, etc. You will have to make sacrifices. But if you believe in yourself, you know the sacrifices will be worth it.

Along the way, don’t worry about others think of your journey. People’s opinions are just roadblocks. Stay focused on the destination! (Don’t let yourself get distracted by cute stinky boys, online bullies, or all play and no work.)

Remember that not everyone deserves your attention, energy, and time! 

Hustle

Good things come to those who… hustle!! You should be waking up every day ready to take over the world. All the sacrifices you’ve made won’t matter unless you reach your goals! 

I think it’s funny when people say how “lucky” someone is to be so successful. They weren’t lucky, they worked hard to be where they are! A true Femtrepenuer gives it her all. Through the roadblocks, failures, and trials, she’ll turn them into opportunities to grow and be better. Even when she’s exhausted, feeling defeated, or overworked, she’ll keep moving forward. There’s no other direction.

Sophia Amoruso worked every damn day in her 20’s. Before there were fashion buyers, retail workers, photographers, and models, there was only her. 

“There are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure.”
― Sophia Amoruso

What do you think makes a girl boss?

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17 Comments

  1. Malikka

    Great advice! Walking in this new career path has led me to seek positivity and hold myself accountable. Thanks for sharing!

    01 . Feb . 2018
  2. Akaleistar

    Reading #Girlboss gave me a lot to think about 🙂

    01 . Feb . 2018
  3. adriana

    Love this! It’s so easy to get distracted -staying focused and hustling are so important!

    01 . Feb . 2018
  4. Rachel R Ritlop

    ahhh i love this post so much!! Confidence and positivity are super key! I think a big thing that TRULY makes a girl boss though is lifting other women up! That’s a true sign of confidence in yourself IMO!

    01 . Feb . 2018
  5. Annaliese

    This month I’ve been trying to stay very focused on some long term professional goals. It can be disheartening when they don’t come to fruition right away, but a girl boss keeps at it!! This post is so motivating!

    xoxo A
    http://www.southernbelleintraining.com

    01 . Feb . 2018
  6. Laila

    I still need to master the art of the hustle! I feel like I could get much more done if I really budgeted my time well and committed to the things I’m working on!

    01 . Feb . 2018
  7. the sophia diaries

    i appreciate the positivity in this post, especially because it’s a lot of things most fempretuneurs do not state explicitly at times 🙂

    01 . Feb . 2018
  8. McKenna Bleu

    Ahhh I’ve been wanting to read the Girlboss book. It’s been hard to stay focused lately. Loved reading your post.

    02 . Feb . 2018
  9. Nichole

    Great tips! Especially the first key point of putting yourself first. It’s so important to realize that we are worth it, and deserve to go after our goals! Thanks for sharing this.

    02 . Feb . 2018
  10. Paige

    Your pictures are just beautiful! Love that coat.

    xoxo, Paige

    02 . Feb . 2018
  11. Deborah

    Great post! I need to work on my confidence too!

    02 . Feb . 2018
  12. Ccameron - Diary of a Southern Millennial

    Such great advice! Clearly I need to read this book haha!

    02 . Feb . 2018
  13. Lecy | A Simpler Grace

    These are great tips! Making yourself a priority is absolutely necessary.

    02 . Feb . 2018
  14. Audrey Marie

    I loved reading Girl Boss! The book is so inspirational and really kicked my butt into high gear.

    03 . Feb . 2018
  15. nicholle

    Positivity has been the biggest game changer for me. I feel so much happier and have gotten so much more stuff done in life!!
    -Nicholle
    http://www.nichollesophia.com

    04 . Feb . 2018
  16. Christina @ Hugs and Lattes

    All of these are so vital in becoming a girl boss. If you’re not positive, you won’t be focused and confident!

    05 . Feb . 2018
  17. Logan@ Signed, Logan

    I LOVE this! For me, a girlboss is someone who is constantly self-motivating to do better and be better, in addition to all of this! But staying positive is probably the most important thing, I always say that 90% of your ability to do something is your attitude!

    Logan | Signed, Logan
    signedlogan.com

    07 . Feb . 2018

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