In this modern day of self entitlement with just about everyone working for themselves and creating their own success from bloggers to designers, and everything in between; there are a few individuals who still stand out and are at the top. I'm inspired by many and have been fortunate enough to meet several notable entrepreneurs that I owe a lot of respect. However, for those select few, there must be a particular reason why they have made it to that level. Someone in particular who I highly admire is Jenna Lyons - her brownstone in Park Slope was absolutely gorgeous, her stedfast rise to the top at J. Crew is incredible, and her style is right up my alley - btw, I'm totally obsessed with her leather pants that she wears so well, any outfit with those alone is an inspiration. Luckily, Lyons has clued us in to her means of success.
A friend of mine recently sent me this list, a short feature with Jenna Lyons that appears in the Spring 2014 issue of Porter, Net-A-Porter's new publication. Her life rules for success are a must share.
- I work on my instincts. At the end of the day, its all you have. If you don't trust yourself, no one else is going to, either.
- You can't fix yesterday. And don't beat yourself up about it-the only reason to beat yourself up is if you don't learn from it.
- Respect honesty and transparency. There is no room for people who can't give a clear and honest opinion.
- I feel like I'm learning-and making mistakes-all the time. But if I wasn't and suddenly felt stagnant, that would be the thing that would make me not want to work.
- When I was younger, I always wanted things to be easier-but I learned that there are always some things in flux and always changing. Then I realized that makes things far more interesting.
- Whatever doesn't kill you makes you stronger. There is no question. Its a cliche, but it's true.
- Never assume that just because we did it one way means that we can do it again the same next time.
- I realized early on that no matter what I am feeling and no matter what is happening to me, either personally or professionally, there is no place for that [in the workplace]. I am really good at compartmentalizing, probably to a fault. When you force yourself to do it, you realize that its not as hard as you think.
- I don't want to stay looking the same. Someone once said that they didn't recognize me because I wasn't wearing a red lip, so I thought, "Oh, I won't wear a red lip for a while."
- Giving feedback in the creative world is so delicate. I spend a lot of time picking my words carefully.
As always, thanks for reading.