chase your dreams…
It was last November when I was sitting on my bed one very early morning, coffee gripped in one hand and a pencil in the other jotting notes of my blog trends and analytics. I received an email from a company that I thought was a promotional newsletter. But it read from the business development team of a reputable fashion house. At that moment, I knew I was going to be offered an unforgettable opportunity. From one meeting to the next, the scope of a project was developed. It turned out that my international relations, economics and fashion/blog background was something that can be intermingled. This gave rise to the idea of a consultancy as my humble opinions were more than just thoughts, but knowledge and facts.
After opening the doors to C&É Consultancy I was hungry for some guidance as starting my own business was never in my plans. It was something that just fell into my lap out of thin air, quite literally. My father, being a budding entrepreneur, gave me applicable advice and helped me hone my skills. My friend Adam gave me strategy guidance. Another friend, Andrew, navigated my nebulous understanding of the legal issues. Three men. So it only seemed necessary to find a woman that can understand my world.
there are secret opportunities hidden inside every failure
Despite the current legal qualms Nasty Gal is undergoing, Sophia Amoruso wrote a autobiography-like book that gives you the story behind Nasty Gal and all that she learned along the way. From opportunities to failures to confusion to just not knowing. Remember, I was entering the industry with no knowledge as to how I was going to run this business. On my own. In a foreign country. Amoruso’s story inspired me as she took each stride with courage.
A book that I think everyone should read to learn a few critical business essentials, independence and perseverance. I know with all the hype among the blog community, it almost seems like #Girlboss is a gimmick, but from someone who doesn’t particularly read for self-help purpose it was perfect. I found her tone and conversational style of writing to be comforting. Reassuring me to try new things, to take risks, to accept failure. It’s the perfect inspirational collection of pages for the modern working woman.
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