Rebel Book Club x #GirlBoss x 7 startup lessons from 3 awesome female founders

In case you missed it, here is what happened at RBC in November.

> November 2016: Rebel Book #19

> Book: #GirlBoss by Sophia Amaruso

> Meetup: Qubit, Covent Garden

> Panel: Pippa Murray of Pip and Nut, Gabriela Hersham of Huckletree and Margot Radicati di Brozolo of Your Mind

> Fuel: ‘Boss It Up’ by Mix and Muddle. Vodka, Byrrh (gentian) liqueur, Ginger Syrup, Lime Juice & Soda. Garnished with a sprig of Rosemary.

What our panel and members had to say about being a #Girlboss

1. Most of our female members found this book to be shallow, self-promoting and more targeted towards younger audience. On the flip side, a lot of the guys actually found this book to beyond their expectations, provides a good insight to the fashion industry and an enjoyable, fun sassy read. While it can seem rather superficial, there are great … if you read between the lines.

2. Not a #Girlboss. Our panel of women entrepreneurs and majority of the ladies in the room hated the term #Girlboss. Pippa said it’s hard to take the term seriously and she does not like the stigma associated with it. Gabriela especially doesn’t like the word ‘boss’. She does not see herself as anyone’s boss and she’s not a girl either. Margot thinks it creates unnecessary pressure.

3. Flying solo vs. Having a Co-Founder. If you want or need to have a co-founder, Gabriela stressed the importance of having a co-founder that is actively participating in the business. She found that having someone to bounce off ideas with on a day to day basis completely changed her life as they were both experiencing the business within the same context.

4. Don’t be stressed about what everyone else is doing and pay attention to what you are feeling. Dig a little deeper to how you feel and why you feel that way. Often this can be your source of creative inspiration or can lead you to your light bulb moment.

5. Don’t implement every idea you have no matter how cool they seem. Make sure you have the resources and talent to manage ideas you implement. The last thing you want is to kick off a cool idea but then fail to follow through or sustain the quality level which will then disappoint your customers/drive your customers away.

6. See a Therapist. Being a leader means there’s constant stress and pressure from all angles. Check in with yourself and see a therapist. You don’t have to have issues to see a Therapist. You can unlock parts of yourself you didn’t know about by chatting to someone who is objective and can ask you the right questions. Like yoga or meditation, seeing a therapist will help you to be conscious about your thoughts and actions, giving you better clarity to tackle that next deal!

7. Be one step ahead and hustle! A huge part of Pip’s success is having a product that is bang on trend and catching it before wave. She also hustled her way to get the product on shelves.

Whether it’s walking the streets or pushing for those big meetings, she worked, worked, worked.

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Why I joined?
I love books, especially non fiction books and Rebel offered monthly non-fiction titles along with a great community. I expected the books to be good and they have been. I thought the community aspect would be good but my fellow Rebels and the Meetups have really surpassed my expectations, especially with the quality of the speakers and our discussion groups.
Key insight from #Girlboss?
I felt the book was about trusting your self and being empowered. Sophia Amuroso said her gender was not something she felt had to be overcome, it was more about trying to be the best at every task. I also tweeted the following quote from the book.
‘It had long since come to my attention that people of accomplishment rarely sat back and let things happen to them. They went out and happened to things’. — Leonardo da Vinci
This book was not the most challenging read, and the title and cover were probably a little patronising, but the message of the book was ultimately quite inspiring and rather up lifting.
Best RBC read?
Black Box Thinking — Constantly look, learn and criticise. It was a practical lesson about taming the ego and not being dangerously attached to hierarchy and traditions etc in the service of constantly improving yourself and what you do.
All time most impactful read?
Non-Fiction. This was difficult, but I’d say it has to be ‘Up from Slavery’, the Autobiography of Booker T. Washington. He was born a slave in Civil war America and rose to great heights. This for me is such a great lesson on the power of positivity and hard work regardless of circumstance. He really bootstrapped his way to the top, from night school to Presidential advisor, this man was a great example of the human capacity for action and ingenuity. At times the book is a little too apologetic, but it has to be viewed through the lens of the time in which it was written.
Fiction. I would say ‘Invisible Man’ by Ralph Ellison. It’s a real little adventure. The end of the book and how things unfold for the protagonist really surprised me. I won’t give anything away.

Next month: December 2016

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Meetup: 13 December, 2016