I added a new blog post where I talk with soon-to-be fashion grads (@chnlphnt@katieslesser@hannahcollinszs) about their views on the fashion industry after they had an opportunity to study it and be a part of it.
It ended up a bit bitter but maybe that's exactly how it should be. We all wanted to contribute to fashion because we loved the glamour and the creativity and we ended up realising that it's more than that. I think after studying fashion we still believe it can be magical and that's an amazing creative output, we're just not willing to sacrifice the planet anymore.
One of my idols and expanders @jayshetty said these words today that really resonated with me: “You’re not scared of starting. You’re scared of being seen starting at the bottom.”
Everyone you’ve ever looked up to has started at the bottom at some point! You have to start somewhere. This has come up a lot in my conversations with many designers who are struggling to reach a breakthrough in their journeys. It stops them from taking a leap towards something more meaningful, regardless of how deeply dissatisfied they are with their day to day.
Another shocking statistic I learned today: only 13% of the U.S. workforce is satisfied with their jobs. Just take a moment to process that. That means that the vast majority of people are choosing complacency over passion. @michelleobama says this in her book “Becoming”: “What you risk losing in terms of other people’s high regard can feel too costly.” I’ve been there. For a long time, I convinced myself that the “title” or the “money” meant much more than my self worth. And guess what? It never once did.
That doesn’t mean you have to leave your job to be happy! That also doesn’t mean you have to start your own business! It’s what works for YOU. Listen carefully: you do not have to quit what you’re doing to start building a bridge towards something meaningful. I used to paralyze myself thinking that if I left my job, I would lose my apartment. My dog. My health. My car. FOOD (😩😩😩)! It was almost enough to make me give up starting a business completely. Then I realized how none of that was true, and that I had already built more than enough to take the leap. For me personally, I determined that leaving my job was the right move based on my core values and life circumstances. If you value security, then use your 9-5 to pay the bills, and use whatever spare time you have to start building that bridge. It’s possible!
Whatever the case may be: START! If it’s in your head, and you have the passion, you’re halfway there. Don’t let fear, rejection, validation, and all your excuses stop you from taking that next step. What is holding you back? What is that next step for you?