Nasty Gal founder Sophia Amoruso made the term Girlboss famous in her best-selling book, #GIRLBOSS. But what defines a Girlboss in 2020? Well, in our eyes, a Girlboss is a woman that’s kind, independent, wise, inspirational, confident, hard-working, and motivated. Basically, she is determined to absolutely smash it in all aspects of life. But let’s be honest, unleashing your inner girl boss ain’t easy and sometimes you may need a little guidance along the way. So, we are here to help!
It’s time to follow our 13 step guide to becoming the Girlboss you’ve always wanted to be.
1. YOU DO YOU
The first step to becoming a Girlboss is by putting yourself first. Always go with your gut and do what’s right for you. As Beyonce once said, “if there is one thing I am willing to bet on, it’s myself”. It’s great to have idols along the way, but if you change who you really are to fit in, then you are going to become miserable. Remember what differentiates you from the competition is usually … you! So, go out there and be unapologetically yourself. Other peoples opinions don’t pay the bills after all.
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2. HEALTHY DOSES
Hey guess what!? You can be both competitive and generous. However, that doesn’t mean becoming trapped in a viscous never ending spiral of comparing yourself to others and trying to one-up on everyone to get to the top. Or, on the other end of the spectrum, being far too generous that you forget your own goals. Being both driven and generous in healthy doses is a killer combo to becoming a Girlboss.
3. DON’T ALWAYS WEAR ROSE TINTED GLASSES
Life isn’t one continuous Instagram feed,with a side plate of #livingmybestlife and a heavy serving of after effects. Sometimes things may take a turn for the worst and you can’t cover it up with a great caption and a black and white filter. Understand that when things are bad, work harder for a better result. Also realise that the people’s lives you are comparing to yours may also not be all rosie. Smoke and mirrors won’t fool anyone.
4. JEALOUSY IS UGLY
Another woman’s success takes nothing away from you. Celebrate others achievements. As Girlbosses, let’s stick together to champion each other’s successes and empower those around us. Because, who runs the world? …
5. DON’T BE AFRAID TO LET YOUR GEEK FLAG FLY
Be proud of your intelligence and how hard you work. Being smart is sexy – own it. Your haters wont be laughing when your hard work pays off and you’re their Girlboss!
6. STOP LOOKING FOR COMPLIMENTS
Stop looking for approval and doubting yourself. Your ideas, instincts and personal experience are enough.
7. GOOD THINGS COME TO THOSE WHO HUSTLE
Life is short. Don’t be lazy. Do everything with 100% effort and get $h!+ done! But do it well with efficiency. Wake up early, prep for the day ahead and then hustle hard.
It’s simple; if you respect yourself, then others will respect you. Dress appropriately for everything you do, don’t undermine yourself and never give up. Remember R*E*S*P*E*C*T, take care of TCB.
9. DRESS TO IMPRESS
Every girl feels most confident when they’re wearing a killer outfit they love and feel comfortable in, so dress to impress.
11. REMEMBER YOU HAVE BIGGER FISH TO FRY
Stay focused on your big goals and not so much on the little hiccups along the way. Whatever it is, dust yourself off and try again. We have no time to dwell on the minor things in life! A Girlboss knows when to throw punches and when to roll with them.
12. SET GOALS AND DREAM BIG
This doesn’t need much explaining, but every Girlboss has goals for themselves – short term and long term. Without them, it’s hard to move forward.
13. FAKE IT UNTIL YOU MAKE IT HONEY
This doesn’t literally mean be fake, but it means that, even when you don’t exactly have it all together just yet, act like you do. Faking it ‘till you make it is simple. Everyone has impostor syndrome, not just you! So, time to stroll into the office tomorrow with coffee in one hand and confidence in the other.
Text by Peigi Mackillop
Cover image via Mashable