Nothing is impossible, you only have to look at the incredible stories of these women to see that all you need is an idea, some inspiration, and the drive to push yourself to get things done. There are times, sure, when things get a little crazy, but if you really want to be successful you need to know how to stay cool and calm and push yourself to work harder. Take a leaf out of some of the most impressive self-made stories of the 21st century, figure out how you’re going to make it happen and…just do it.
That’s the secret to success; Dream it, plan it, do it. These women have done it, so you can definitely do it too.
Chairman, CEO, and Designer of Tory Burch
“I think you can have it all. You just have to know it’s going to work.”
Contrary to popular belief, work/life balance is possible. You just need to make a plan for it. Tory Burch has a number of roles for her company but also manages to make time for her family life. She does this by being realistic with herself and deciding what having it all looks like to her.
She wasn’t afraid to dedicate herself to a new venture because she knew how it would work, how having a business would slot into her life, and she stayed realistic with herself while she was working on it.
DIANE VON FURSTENBERG
Founder of DVF
“I wanted to be an independent woman, a woman who could pay for her bills, a woman who could run her own life–and I became that woman.”
Sometimes you need to remind yourself that there’s nothing standing in the way of the woman you want to become except your own mind. You can just turn around and become the kind of person that you want to be. Diane Von Furstenberg did that in an era where women weren’t even allowed to have credit cards, so if she did it, you can too.
Just show up, tell yourself that you’re already there and you’ll be the kind of woman you always wanted to be in no time.
Founder of Huda beauty
“If you have a great idea and don’t try and create something from it then I really believe you’re doing the world a disservice. If it fails, what’s the worst that can happen?”
When Huda started up making beauty vlogs, she already knew she wanted to take it to a new level and build a business with it. Many people doubted her abilities to actually develop products from a beauty vlog. Huda noticed a gap in the market, she had an idea, and she decided instead of just thinking that someone else must have done it, she would do it herself.
Huda’s personality and her vlog is the reason for the beauty products success, she followed her big idea and it paid off.
“When you have a passion for something then you tend not only to be better at it but you work harder at it too.”
Vera noticed that when she followed her passion she was better at it and worked harder for it. She didn’t lose motivation when she moved onto wedding dresses, despite other designers telling her it was never going to work. Vera’s designs changed the game, and her passion for bridal dresses was what drove her to keep going.
If you want to be successful at what you do, you need to keep the passion alive. Make a list of things you are passionate about and the reasons why you’re pursuing them. This will help you stay on track when you’re working hard.
“I don’t have to prove anything to anyone, I only have to follow my heart and concentrate on what I want to say to the world. I run my world.”
Beyonce is the poster child for unapologetically doing what you want. She started off as a child with a dream at singing competitions, and then grew into a woman who has learned from many mistakes and opportunities over the years. She is in charge of her own brand and doesn’t take no for an answer.
Without this drive to be successful, she would never push herself further, she would never accept opportunities, and she would let others dictate to her how she does things. She follows her heart always, has the confidence in herself and the power to execute what she wants. That’s why her videos, her songs, her messages are leagues above other singers.
Founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills
“I like to change challenges into great opportunities,”
Anastasia came to the US with a dream, and she followed it through. At the time, she knew eyebrows had more potential, but nobody else agreed with her. The bank wouldn’t even give her any capital until she managed to convince one person that she’d be making a lot of money and would keep her account with them – which she has, to this day. She believed 100% in the power of eyebrows, that women needed to know how to fill in their eyebrows themselves. She started with brown eye powder and aloe vera and went from there.
ABH is credited with making eyebrows what they are today, helping women embrace their natural eyebrows and learn what their shape should be. On top of that, their eyeshadow palettes and more regularly sell out. All because Anastasia took the challenge of being in a new country with a dream, and turned it into an opportunity.
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