The brains behind the brand that every girl desires, Francesca Amfitheatrof is best known for dominating the world of jewellery as design director of Tiffany and Co. As the first ever woman to hold the design director title, Amfirtheatrof doesn’t shy away from challenge, and is the perfect of example of how to take the reigns and bring the world of productivity and creativity together.
With over 20 years experience in art and design, a master’s degree from the Royal College of Art and a portfolio consisting of designing jewellery collections for Chanel and Fendi, Amfitheatrof has undeniable intelligence! Here are some inspiring lessons that we can learn from her.
“If things happen at the right moment in your life, it’s impossible to say no.”
Too often we become obsessed with mapping out our lives and strictly following the plans we have made for it. While it’s good to try and get ahead of the game, life is full of unexpected moments and Amfitheatrof perfectly frames the importance of taking each moment as it comes. Saying yes to what feels right is the key to happiness, and living in the moment every once in a while is where the best choices can take place.
“I always wanted to do everything,”
It’s easy to get accused of trying to take on too much, but following in the footsteps of Amfitheatrof teaches us that we should try for every opportunity that comes our way. Wanting to do as much as we can is something that we should all aspire to do.
“I worked out this great way to make my life as adventurous as when I was a kid,”
In the stresses of everyday life, it’s easy to just survive, and not truly live. When you’re young you have the world at your feet, but the more time you spend in the ‘real world’ the easier it becomes to lose your sense of adventure. Even someone with a career as demanding as Amfitheatrof’s manages to deal with her responsibilities with an adventurous mindset, and great success has come from her doing so.
“They’re not passively waiting for things to happen to them. They are making things happen.”
What stands out about a woman with such power and success is her go-getter attitude. One does not simply just become the art director of one of the most successful brands in existence; she had to make it happen. Just waiting for success to come your way is only going to make life pass you by, but never giving up, and putting 100% of yourself into everything is a sure fire way to get what you want.
“Relevance is the most important word to me, always. You have to be relevant,”
As the first female director being relevant is pretty much essential to surviving in Amfitheatrof’s world. Owning what you do and creating a name for yourself will only lead to great success, and making sure everyone knows who you are will be what makes your career go far. It’s easy to feel ordinary in a world of more than six billion people, but you have to find a way to stand out and be confident in everything that you do.