Monday, 26 January 2015

You Need To Read This – Tom Ford Tells It Like It Is

Designer, director (and super stylish man) Tom Ford had the honour of being the keynote speaker at the CFDA/Vogue Fashion Fund awards dinner in 2013. With  28 years of experience at Gucci, YSL and his eponymous label he’s learnt a great deal and had some great advice.

These 7 bits of advice are great for anyone starting their own business. Thank us later. continue...

Own your name.
“Never sell a controlling interest in your name. Ever. A few million dollars now will seem like a lot to you. But one day, when you’re the success that you know you can be, you’ll regret this. Unfortunately, there are far too many examples of this very sad tale.”
A great team is essential.
“Choose your team carefully. So much of your success is due to the people who you surround yourself with. Your friends, your family, and the people that you work with — they all play an important role in inspiring you and supporting you and giving you stability. These are the people in your life who will be honest with you.”

Plan, plan, plan!
“Have a five-year plan, a 10-year plan, even a 20-year plan. And possibly an exit strategy. You can always change that, but start with a vision. Where do you want to be, how big do you want to be, what context are you planning on designing in? I’ve personally always liked the idea of global domination. I never understood anyone who thought, “You know, I’m going to work really, really hard and I’m gonna be second best!”

Think happy thoughts.
“Try to remain positive. I struggle with this one too. When our job is to constantly scrutinize things for what’s wrong with them and to correct them and to remake them into our vision, it’s easy to see the glass as half-empty. Think about it: All day long we say, “No, no, no—it’s wrong!” It kind of a negative process. Our brain becomes critical. We have to always try to see the glass as half-full.”

Find the right partner.
“Find a great business partner and don’t let them go. This is absolutely key. You’ll need someone who believes in you completely and respects your judgment and vision. I’m lucky to have this in Domenico De Sole. These relationships do not come easy, they’re marriages, really. I trust Domenico with my life, and I believe he feels the same. We love each other as if we were family.”
You didn’t do it alone.
 “Be thankful to all those who help you on the way up. You won’t get there without them. Cherish them, and don’t forget them.”

You set the limits.
“Remember that we all have it in our power to simply say, ‘Fuck it, I’m going to bed.’ And somehow, the next morning, everything seems a lot better. This was my father’s secret to staying calm and making it through anything that life threw at him, and it’s given me a lot of strength over the years.”

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