“Learn how to handle rejection, work hard, and function outside of your comfort zone. Success will be yours”
‘Six Steps for Success’ is a very strong title. I’m going to start this post by saying I don’t think I’m successful. I have a lot more to do and a lot more to achieve before I would ever consider myself ‘successful’ but the last few years have been good to me. In 2011, I started making hats for fun. Five years later, that ‘fun’ has turned into a business where I have my life long dream of owning my own boutique, running an Internet business and have 7 people working with me. I love everything about my job – What I do, where I go and who I work with.
I wanted to share some tips with you, to ensure you’re doing all you can to increase your chances of success. It’s not a magic formula, I’m not saying I do them all the time but when I do, they work for me.
1) Believe in yourself.
As I said, I started making hats for fun – I loved to sew, to be creative and to just do whatever I wanted. I could make any kind of hat I wanted whether it looked absolutely ridiculous or absolutely amazing. There were many hats thrown in the bin, pegged from a distance when things didn’t work but I always knew inside, I was capable of doing this. I knew how to sew, I knew I was creative, I knew I could do it.
2) Be willing to work hard.
This is a given, no matter what you do.
“Hard work does not necessarily guarantee success but no success is possible without hard work”
3) Dream Big
The world is your oyster. Set goals and dream big. Anything is possible.
I have dreams that I’m too embarrassed to say out loud. If I told you, you would honestly laugh. What matters is, they’re my dreams, my plan and something I’m working towards. Who knows what might happen.
(On a side note, I have been dreaming of a body like Beyonce for quite some time now and I’m afraid I’m giving up on that one.. It’s looking like it’s just not going to happen!)
‘Every great dream begins with a dreamer. Always remember, you have within you the strength, the patience and the passion to reach for the stars to change the world’
4) Do not be afraid of failure.
Everyday I come up with new ideas for my business and most of them fail. They can be small failures or big failures but all in all they’re failures. When I was planning my Boutique, I cannot tell you how many things went wrong.
It’s overwhelming, frustrating, and exhausting. I know, I’ve been there, but the more you move through tough periods, the faster you’ll grow, the harder you become and the more you achieve.
If you want the life of your dreams, make failure a part of your life. Embrace it. As my Mum says, ‘the more you fail, the more you succeed’.
5) A good rest is half the work.
When I started my business, I worked 7 days per week, literally every hour God gave me. Now I’m able to take one full day off per week and I honestly get more done in 6 days/week that I ever did in 7. Having a day off, relaxing your mind and body is so important.
“Rest when you’re weary. Refresh and renew yourself, your body, your mind, your spirit. Then get back to work”
6) It’s nice to be nice.
Greet everyone with a smile, be friendly and speak kindly. The way you act towards people is a reflection upon yourself. You never know, the person you’re speaking to, may just need your kindness to make their day better. Everyone has their own demons and is fighting their own fight. It doesn’t cost anything to be nice.
What would you say has the been the best advice you’ve ever had for and becoming more successful? It would be great to continue inspiring each other with more words of advice and inspiration!
Outfit details from this post:
Dress: Jennifer Wrynne Boutique, Powerscourt Townhouse Centre, Dublin 2
Hat: ‘Maria‘ hat from www.jenniferwrynne.com
Shoes: River Island
Hair: Sandra Wrynne, Peter Mark
Make-Up: Roisin Dolan