Today we’re starting with something new and very special to us! We started CGD 7 months ago, and we think it would be fun to write more about our own experiences and really get to know each other. Us as a team but also you girls, our loyal readers who visit our site regularly. So from now on the CGD girls will write a weekly column sharing their experiences.
I really love reading personal stories and hope you girls will like this. Today, I’ll be sharing 7 important lessons I’ve learned the past year. Don’t forget to leave a comment below and tell me the most important lessons you’ve learned this year. I really would love to read your comments and learn from each others experiences! Also, if you would like to know more about the CGD girls or have any other topics, you would love to read on CGD leave a comment below!
1. Always believe in yourself.
Just graduated and full of dreams, I dreamed of moving to London to pursue a career in fashion. As naive as I was, I moved to London when I was 25 and thought it would be fairly easy to find a job. Not knowing that living in London is ridiculously expensive, and the competition in the fashion industry is HUGE! I got robbed the first day, my apartment was a scam and after this experience I wasn’t too sure about my decision of moving to London. The first months in this new city were challenging. I felt alone, had little money, didn’t know anyone and all I had was a dream of working in the fashion industry. Looking back, I think this was the most important lesson for me as a person. It made me stronger and I learned to fight for my dreams and what is really important in life. I didn’t want to give up and return back home failing. Instead I went through a difficult time and made it happen!
2. Motivate yourself
I needed motivation. I wanted to read stories from girls who went through a difficult time as well but are very successful now, how did they handle their insecurities and the many rejections? To my surprise there were many! Oprah, Sophia Amoruso and other influential women I look up to all had to fight for their success. This inspired me and gave me the courage to continue my journey. These women actually motivated me so much, I knew I wanted to create an online community where other girls could find daily motivation as well. An online blog with career motivation, lifestyle articles but also a bit about beauty and fashion.
3. Don’t take no for an answer!
As I said earlier, always believe in yourself and don’t take no for an answer. Things will not come easy and it’s up to you to make the impossible possible. When I started job hunting in London. I received many rejections and it made me insecure. Why was I not good enough? Why didn’t I get the opportunity to show my talents? Although my self esteem went down, it didn’t stop me. I kept on applying for jobs, rewriting my cover letter to almost stalking companies. (not sure if you should do that too). I decided to do internships to get more work experience as it would be better than doing nothing. I followed a course in Personal Styling to gain more skills and make myself more interesting for potential employers. Although, I had a degree in Business Administration and relevant work experience. It wasn’t enough. So I had a choice, accept that potential employers thought I was not good enough for the job and pack my bags and leave London or gain more skills, more work experience and get that job! After one year, I finally managed to get my dream job!
You are responsible for your own success never blame another person for your failures.
4. Your network is valuable.
Make sure to treat all people with respect and keep in touch. Add them on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter etc. One day you will need them or they will need you. That one PR person from your previous internship could help you with your job later in life. When we started CGD we needed help with the website, photographers, contributors and brands willing to work with us. That’s where your network could come in handy.
5. Be willing to work hard.
I’m going to be honest. This year was like a ride on a roller coaster. We started CGD in January this year and ever since I’ve been working really hard. My friends are telling me: ‘you’re always working, you need to enjoy life’. The thing is when your work is your passion, you won’t see it as a boring job.
6. You can’t do everything by yourself.
This is really important. I’m still learning how to work in a team and bring out the best in people. At CGD, we work with a team of 33 people. It’s important to admit your strengths and weaknesses. And no, that’s not a bad thing. Another person’s weakness can be your strength and knowing that could lead to a really strong team!
7. Be patient.
Hard work would not lead to immediate results. This is actually something I have to tell myself every day. I think I’m the most impatient person in the world and if it’s up to me everything happens now. I motivate myself by looking at other people who are where I want to be later in life. Did they become successful in just 2 years? If they were extremely lucky, yes, but it took most of them 5-10 years. Look at the bigger picture and be patient. Rome wasn’t built in one day.
Now, I would love to know your lessons! Let me know in the comments below. Oh and for the girls who don’t know it yet CGD is nominated for the Bloglovin’ Awards 2015 . It would mean the world to me and the rest of our team if you would vote for us!