It’s a powerful time to be female. Women are united, have a voice and there are more trailblazers than ever before. Now some of the most inspiring and empowering women from across the globe are letting you into their worlds. In the bestselling book, Game Changers, they share their secrets to overcoming fears and challenges, keeping motivated and achieving your goals, no matter how tough things become. Passionately compiled by journalist and bestselling author, Samantha Brett, together with global influencer and author Steph Adams, the book is aimed at inspiring women from all walks of life to unapologetically follow their dreams. Below are transcripts personally penned by three remarkable mothers for the book.
AERIN LAUDER (pictured above)– Founder and Creative Director of Aerin
“I think it’s important to surround yourself with people who care about you and who you care about and working with family is just that. My family supports me but also pushes me to always think ahead and do better. Family can also be very honest which can be hard, but it is important to know what people really think when creating products. I spent my summers during college working for the family business, then began my career with The Estée Lauder Companies in 1992 as a member of the Prescriptives marketing team working across programs for the colour, fragrance and skincare businesses. Today I’m the Style and Image Director for the Estée Lauder brand as well as the founder and Creative Director of AERIN. Some of the most important initiatives during my time as Creative Director of Estée Lauder included launching the Sensuous campaign; the first of its kind to include multiple models with Gwyneth Paltrow, Hilary Rhoda, Carolyn Murphy and Elizabeth Hurley. This was a concept that Estée Lauder had never done before and one of the most successful to date. In 2010, we introduced Liu Wen as the first Asian spokesmodel for the brand, making beauty history, and we collaborated with Tom Ford to relaunch one of Estée’s most brilliant fragrances, Youth Dew.
The biggest lesson I learnt was the importance of finding the balance between work and life. Estée was the first person to teach me how important it is to be passionate and proud of what you do, and always talked about balance. She was so ahead of her time in that she had a career and a family, but always managed to take time out for herself. So that’s what I try and do every day.”
- Stay curious
- Follow your dreams
- Whatever you do, do it well
- Work hard and love what you do
- Even when you’re busy, spend the time to make yourself the most beautiful you can be. You don’t need a complicated, time-consuming routine to look beautiful.
MEGAN HESS – International Fashion Illustrator
“I feel my biggest achievement is getting paid to do what I love for a living and being a mother. I see that as a huge luxury to be able to do both and it’s something that I’m very grateful for every day. I’ve also been able to donate many pieces of my work for charities and causes all over the world and in some small way, I feel proud that one of my drawings may have helped someone somewhere. As Creative Patron of Ovarian Cancer, I’ve also had the privilege of working with the most inspiring team of people trying into raise awareness and funds for the development of an early detection test for Ovarian Cancer.”
- Decide what is the one thing that would make you excited to spring out of bed on a Monday morning and do for a career.
- Write down a plan and strategy to make that dream happen and start on it TODAY.
- You don’t need to suddenly quit your current job or dramatically change your life but taking the first step is always the hardest.
- Never, ever give up on that dream. If it’s something that you love, then you will enjoy the process, regardless of the outcome.
MONIQUE LHUILLIER – Fashion Designer
“My husband and I were very lucky we waited to start a family. We had been married for 11 years, and had already laid the foundation and the groundwork for our company was already made, so creating that balance was easier. I felt strongly about not changing our life entirely for children, but inviting them into the world we had created. I’m so proud to be able to show my children that it is possible to have a rewarding career and a rich family life – it is something we work very hard at every day. My down time is about being with my family. I like to travel with my family, and expose my children to different places and culture. It’s a joy to see new experiences through their eyes. Family is my greatest achievement. Being a good wife and mother, a good friend is important to me. In my career, being able to empower women to feel confident and beautiful in my clothes has been a huge accomplishment. My advice is to focus on what you’re passionate about, to be determined and consistent. Be authentic to who you are, because if you aren’t, people can see right through that.”
- Stay focused on your product and protective of its integrity.
- Determination is key.
- Value relationships – you can’t build a successful business without wonderful partnerships along the way.
- Be committed and consistent.
- Go with your gut.
The Game Changers: Success Secrets From Inspirational Women Changing The Game and Influencing The World, by Samantha Brett and Steph Adams (Penguin). Available for purchase now in Australia & worldwide.
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