I know that the Henri Bendel Open See has just happened again and many new designers may have found new opportunities to work with the prestigious store and have a chance to work directly with the buyers or do trunk shows at the store. Though it isn’t the first thing I’m supposed to be talking about (sorry, Gift Fair, your time will come), I know many people will be looking around the internet anxiously for answers, so hopefully my experiences may help:
Don’t limit yourself. Many people limit themselves to what they think they can do. You can go as far as your mind lets you. What you believe, remember, you can achieve. –Mary Kay Ash
The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. – Nolan Bushnell
For all of its faults, it gives most hardworking people a chance to improve themselves economically, even as the deck is stacked in favor of the privileged few. Here are the choices most of us face in such a system: Get bitter or get busy. – Bill O’ Reilly
In 6th grade I moved to a new school district. I had previously been at a magnet school in the inner city of Pittsburgh, and my Mom and I had moved to the outer suburbs during that year. So I was suddenly the new girl in a higher echelon of income and different world of people. Being a naive 6th grader, I had just assumed that my vernacular from the inner city would be universal, and I would fit right in to the new school system. I was smart, a “gifted/scholar” student, and that was something that had given me an advantage in my previous classes. So when I met the popular girls at the new school, I just assumed that I would fit right in to their circle, being gifted and proud of it, though with a more…uh…urban language.
When it came time for my birthday I decided to have a big birthday celebration. I invited all of the popular girls and dragged my Mom around stores picking out decorations. My Mom, who maybe had a little more sense than I did, tried to tell me that maybe we should wait until people actually RSVPd to the party before we bought all of these things. I didn’t listen, I just assumed that these girls were my friends and we had all meshed together so well.
So of course, all of the popular girls RSVPd “no” with different reasons. I was crushed, and came to the harsh reality that everything I had thought was incorrect.
So why am I telling you this coming-of-age tale?
Just as a heads up, UnCommon Goods is having a great seminar tomorrow night about doing what you love and making it a sustainable enterprise. They have generously offered me a seat to come report on it so I will be in attendance. If you’re able to make it please feel free to say “hi!”
You can view the event details here. It looks like it’s sold out for now but they may make more room available shortly.
If you can’t make it, I will be reporting my findings here soon!
There is no royal, flower-strewn path to success. And if there is, I have not found it. For if I have accomplished anything in life, it is because I have been willing to work hard. – C.J. Walker