I've been wondering for a while now if the CEO role is one that I want - and the one that I'm best at.
It's important that people are open. Some people say, 'I'm going to be a doctor,' and they're a really good doctor. But for the rest of us, it's a big question mark. Just giving yourself a break, letting yourself try new things, and when something doesn't work out, moving along... it's all we can really do.
It was my full intent as a teenager to smash capitalism and eat dumpster food.
There are a lot of parents who've come to me and said about their daughters, 'Oh my God, she's 21, she's totally flailing. Your story gives me hope.' I put my mom through that.
It is she who has enough confidence to define success and failure for herself who succeeds.
Don't act like you've arrived when you're just receiving the invitation.
Creativity and business acumen don't always go hand in hand.
It's the beauty of the Web. You can pretend to be anything you want. But people figure out pretty quick if you don't live up to it.
The modern girl is less concerned with everything being a brand name.
Getting fired was always a big deal to me. It's a bit like having someone break up with you.
Every other fashion brand out there - including those that I call 'competitors' - are run by mostly old white men, and the customer knows it.
'Have you ever considered changing the name Nasty Gal?' is probably the dumbest question I've ever heard.
I think it's important that everyone understands that there's no real prescription to having an awesome life.
My days of being the tardy employee at the record store gave me a cultural and musical understanding that was more unique than if I'd just listened to garbage-y pop on the radio my entire life.
Everyone is told to go to high school and get good grades and go to college and get good grades and then get a job and then get a better job. There's no one really telling a story about how they totally blew it, and they figured it out.
You can't convince someone else - whether it's a potential employer, a loan officer at the car dealership, or someone you've been crushing on - that you're amazing and terrific if you don't actually think you are.
I would say I'm a boss who's learning, and I hope people have the patience for the fact that I'm learning along the way because that's a tough thing.
A lot of people in my generation don't seem to get that you have to work your way up. I don't care if filing invoices is beneath you. If you don't do it, who do you think is going to? Your boss? Nope. That's why she hired you.
I don't lead with an iron fist. I don't yell at people. I have a way of making my opinion clear.
I think many people go to business school and learn ways to play it safe, ensuring that they avoid some of the pain that entrepreneurs endure while taking less calculated risks.
I learned the hard way that taking shortcuts and living for free is not really living free.
My favorite magazine is the 'Harvard Business Review.' If someone sat across from me in a restaurant and didn't know me, that might surprise them.
A big practice in chaos magic is the use of sigils, which are abstract words or symbols you create and embed with your wishes.
EBay gave me the framework to discover I was an e-commerce entrepreneur. I touched everything, from shipping to logistics.
I don't read fashion blogs all that much. I do read magazines, and I trust my friends' opinions, even though we all dress very differently.
It's amazing how directly you can connect with people via social media.
A lot of young people who I employ expect a raise after three months or expect not to have to put in more work than what's in their job description.
I've never worked in a retail store, but I did sell shoes at Gimme Shoes in San Francisco, a job I was fired from.
Lots of people are going to sell clothes online. But not a lot of people have built a brand, a living, breathing brand that people feel like they're part of.
I'm a capitalist, I'm a CEO, I run a big business, I'm an employer.
I wrote '#GIRLBOSS' while running a $100 million-plus revenue business.
Chaos magic is the idea that a particular set of beliefs serves as an active force in the world. In other words, we choose what and how we believe, and our beliefs are tools that we then use to make things happen... or not.
I'm not going to lie - it's insulting to be praised for being a 'woman' with 'no college degree.'
A great mantra to have, whether you're breaking up with your boyfriend or you lose your job, or something changes that you didn't anticipate - which is a fact of life, and very much a fact of running a business - is: 'I was OK before this, I will be OK after this.'
In an ideal world, you'd never have to do things that are below your position, but this isn't an ideal world, and it's never going to be.
When you owe money to people, you're always going to owe money to people, so you should take care of it as soon as possible. It doesn't go away just because you ignore it.
Sometimes in the world, there's such pressure to follow a certain path that we forget the importance of learning as we go.
At the bare minimum, you need to be in your position for a year before you ask for a raise or title change.