Posts in Business
3 Reasons why having a personal style is vital for your success

  personal style

by: Lizzy Jackson

I once read a very wise quote that stated "Your Style introduces you before you even speak." What we wear holds power. It tells the world who we are. It gives us confidence. It gives us a chance to express ourselves in a way words cannot. Anne Klein, Fashion designer and founder of the infamous Anne Klein Sportswear label, once said "Clothes aren't going to change the world, the women who wear them will." While fashion might be about labels and price tags, personal style is about expressing your truth to the world in a way that only you can do.

I fell in love with Fashion at a very young age, however, I didn't realize how deeply what I wore reflected what was going on in my internal world until much later in life. This is when I really discovered the value of finding your personal style and knowing how to implement that style into your daily wardrobe.

So what does all of this talk about personal style mean for you and your success as a creative, as an entrepreneur, as a brave business owner? Read on my friend.

  1. Knowing your personal style actually means buying less and buying with more intention. Let me explain here, once you have identified your personal style, your a lot less likely to buy those 'just because' pieces that are still sitting in the back of your closet with the tags on. When you go in to a store knowing what your personal style is, you can be more intentional with yours purchases and avoid buyers remorse. The goal is not to have more clothes, but to have clothes that perfectly depict who you are as a person. The clothes don't make you who you are, the clothes are a tool for you to express who you are.
  2. Knowing your personal style connects you to who you are. Your style can connect you with your heritage,  your lifestyle, your faith, your beliefs and your passions. It also gets us thinking about who we really are once all the labels are stripped away. I encourage everyone to strip away the labels of being parents, caretakers, and even the labels we might have from our careers and just think about who are you at the end of the day when no one else is around and what are you passionate about? What makes you tick? What sets your heart on fire like nothing else? Whatever that is, is what should be reflected in your outfit choices.
  3. Knowing your personal style gives you confidence. How we dress affects how we feel. When we dress in a way that is true to ourselves, we feel empowered. Don't strive to follow fashion trends, but strive to know your personal style and own it every single day. When we feel confident and empowered, it changes our body language and other people can see our confidence. Know who you are, know your personal style and rock it with confidence!
If we want to grow, we need to disrupt

grow Change and growth come from disruptions.  Commonality creates comfort but differences create growth.  Whether it's in our own personal journeys or in the business's that we lead significant change and growth cannot happen without disruptions.  The Humanities home in the Netherlands is a great example of how revolutionary thinking changed the conversation from death and sickness to youth and parties.  If we want to make life change or grow business to the next level we need to change the conversation and this change in conversation requires disruptors.

What kind of disruptors can you bring in to change the conversation in your life or business?

The Six Myths about Pursuing your Dreams

myths There are six significant myths regarding pursuing your dreams. Pursuing your dreams, doing your own thing, being your own boss....these phrases are hot right now and more and more of us are tossing off the status quo in search of a life that we hope aligns more with our passions, skill sets and dreams.  The problem is many of us believe the myths and find ourselves disoriented or discouraged once we pursue our dreams.  It's easy to feel like we've been ripped off once we buy into the pursuit of dreams and the results aren't what we hoped for.  So let's bust these myths!

  1. You have to quit your job.

    We've all envisioned it.  You walk into your bosses office, belt out "Take this job and shove it!"  As you turn around the soundtrack from Rocky plays, you load up your box of plants and personal belongings and everyone gives you High Fives as you walk out into your big adventure!  We have been told that pursuing your dreams is equal to quitting your job, this one is simply not true.

  2. You can finally focus 100% on your passions.

    They tell you that if you become an artist you can paint all day.  They say that you'll never have to do anything you don't enjoy again.  Well unless you're independently wealthy then you need to sell your art.  So you will quickly find yourself working on marketing, promotion, invoicing, legal, banking, networking, filling orders and the list goes on and on.  The truth is that until you can afford to hire a team (which brings with it hiring, training, additional legal and payroll paperwork) you are now a "one-man" show.  Everything will fall on your shoulders.  You may get to paint 10-20% of your time and all of the rest will working on tasks that you may have no idea how to do it.  So be careful with this one, it's also not true.

  3. You can't work for someone else.

    This is a major selling point for a lot of people. It is true that some jobs suck and some bosses suck.  But the reality is that you can work for someone else and pursue your dreams.  It's possible to pivot your role at your current job to allow you to integrate your passions into the role.  It's also possible to start pursuing your dreams as a project or side business.  The benefits of this approach is that it: 1. Allows you to build the business over time.  2. Removes the immediate financial pressure of having to meet your budget needs. 3. It keeps the dream fun for you.  This myth is definitely not true.

  4. You will get rich quick.

    This myth has been around for a long time.  We see the stories on Facebook, Instagram and in various interviews.  A person starts a business and makes their first million by the time they are 27.  We're all good people so if they can do it so can we. Right?  The truth is that those overnight success stories are rare and honestly rarely overnight.  Building a business of any type takes time and unfortunately many of them actually fail.  It is possible to be financially successful off any type of business but it takes time, sacrifice and patience.

  5. You are guaranteed happiness.

    It's the American Dream to do your own thing and be happy.  The reality is that there are unhappy people living boring lives and there are unhappy people chasing their own dreams.  Starting a business, traveling the world for a year, living in a tiny house in Nebraska while weaving dream catchers is no guarantee of happiness.  True happiness doesn't come from a task or job, it comes from a much deeper place.

  6. You can't be grown up and have a dream.

    Age doesn't matter when it comes to pursuing a dream.  People have started businesses, pursued art forms and created movements at every age.  So many of the amazing things we see around us exist because someone was brave enough to dream.  Our world is a better place because people had ideas and they pursued making them a reality.  Children may have us beat on imagination but we can actually take that imagination and make it a reality. When we stop buying into the previous myths we can set realistic expectations, learn the new skills required, be responsible all while building the life of our dreams.