It’s a competitive field but there’s always room for newcomers to achieve success in design, modeling, trend forecasting, photography, and the countless other facets of fashion. If you find yourself looking to enter this field, here are 5 areas to focus on to find success.
Empathy—understanding and acting upon customer needs is the only way to stay relevant. Listen to the feedback and criticism of your customers and continue evolving your brand in ways that stay true to your purpose.
Determination—you have to be willing to put your whole heart and soul into it because if you don’t, someone else will. It will take long hours to accomplish something worthwhile. The hours will pass anyways. Never stop challenging yourself.
Grace—understand that there will be bumps in the road and that these are temporary. Success is not a linear path and some problems are wholly outside of your control.
Flexibility—if something isn’t working, don’t let your ego get in the way to avoid fixing it. Take control of a problem by understanding it, exploring solutions, and acting upon it in a timely manner.
Confidence—stand tall in the marketplace (both literally and figuratively). Put your whole heart behind your products and your mission, people are attracted to those who believe in themselves. And even if you have to put on a brave face and fake your confidence at the beginning, I promise it will eventually catch up and join you.