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5 Tips For Success From A Beauty Biz Mogul

Maria Hatzistefanis, founder and CEO of the beauty company Rodial, shares her tips for achieving your career (and life) goals like a boss.

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1. Stay inspired   

My first tip is to find your motivation. Everyone (including myself) needs to be motivated day to day. It can be hard. I can’t say I wake up every day feeling super motivated . . . it takes time and it takes a lot of hard work.

So how do you motivate yourself? Identify the people that you admire and follow them on social media. Go on YouTube and watch motivational clips, attend conferences and listen to people making motivational speeches. Follow people who you think have done really well in their careers and find out how they did it.

In this day and age, there is so much information about motivational figures out there, so find out who they are and what steps they took. If you listen to their tips and read a bit more about their journey, you can pick up some handy lessons along the way. I also find reading books is a great way to get motivated.

I love reading books about women who started from nothing and have grown to be the most amazing businesswomen and public figures.

My favourite books are #Girlboss by Sophia Amoruso and Leave Your Mark by Aliza Licht. I really enjoyed reading about their journeys and the challenges they had.

So, read, educate yourself and watch a lot of motivational videos.

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2. Ask for help  

Don’t be afraid to ask for advice. I feel this is a really important point. It doesn’t matter how long you have been in an industry or how successful you are – asking for other people’s opinions is a positive thing.

It is not a weakness and doesn’t mean you don’t know what you are doing. Sometimes it is helpful to get another person’s point of view on a situation. Even if it’s having a chat with your group of girlfriends over a coffee or organizing a meeting with colleagues to discuss an idea, people on the outside of a situation looking in may make points and highlight things that you have not noticed yourself.

Asking questions and taking in different angles/points of view on a situation is a good skill to have and you can build even better ideas.

You need to build up your knowledge as you can’t be an expert on absolutely everything, so asking for advice, particularly from industry experts, can come in very handy.

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3. Trust yourself 

It’s very important to believe in yourself. This may seem like an obvious tip but it is one that is underestimated. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will! You must be your own biggest supporter in all areas of life in order to achieve everything you wish.

Focus on your strengths rather than your weaknesses – obviously, it’s good to be aware of your weaknesses but you need to ensure you don’t make these your focal point otherwise they can undermine your confidence in yourself! Another important lesson to learn is to not compare yourself to others.

This can be tricky as it is human nature to make comparisons. But remember, no matter how successful/beautiful/ smart people may seem, every single person has insecurities.

Don’t compare yourself to others as you are unique and have something that no one else can offer.

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4. Stay educated 

My fourth tip is to always keep learning. If you keep doing the exact same thing you have been doing for the past few years you will get the exact same results. You need to challenge yourself and learn new skills. Keep a close eye on new developments in every industry.

Go and attend a seminar, take a course or do something online. There are so many ways now that you can keep yourself learning and keep yourself ahead of the game – you can’t do the same thing again and again and expect to be successful. It’s all about finding out what the new trends are: if you are working in fashion/beauty you need to be watching YouTube tutorials and looking at what the new trends coming up will be.

It’s all about learning and challenging yourself so that you can be the best you can be. You will find that the most successful people in the world never say, ‘Oh I am so successful, this is it.’ They reinvent themselves. It’s all about learning and progressing.

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5.  Always look your best

I find that when I look and feel my best I am far more productive and come up with better ideas. Identify the clothes that make you feel good and confident and keep them in a corner of your closet so that you can easily access them.

I’m not saying you have to go shopping for a whole new wardrobe, but knowing what outfits and makeup make you feel your best can give you that extra added confidence boost and help you stay motivated.

It also means that when you’re meeting with new potential clients or partners you are putting forward the best version of yourself, and it’s always good to make a strong impression.

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How to Be an Overnight Success

This was an excerpt from How to Be an Overnight Success by Maria Hazistefanis, published by Virgin Books.