I recently read an article on the fascinating Estée Lauder. She discovered the art of being a creative mixologist long before the term became sexy. Natural beauty is undoubtedly precious, but the power to 'create beauty' was her niche. What started in a tiny stable behind her family home, got upgraded to the stoves of Estee's kitchen and soon worked up all the way to a worldwide empire, currently valued at $32.1 billion.
So, who was the girl from Queens that dared to dream big and strived so hard to be ultimately transformed into the 'iron-lady' of the glamorous beauty world? One quote from her that I resonate with is ours this week which says,
“I never dreamed for success. I worked for it”. Estee lauder
Estée Lauder was one of a kind. Early on, she discovered that she had one precious resource that would make all the difference – herself! She was a woman of edge and character, ambition and unwavering belief. She had a rare self-confidence and absolute trust in her instinct. She was a strategist at heart, with unstoppable drive to make her dream come true. I love that about a woman who had some tenacity, a little endurance and was willing to do what some others would not: work.
The intensity of her determination was such that in a way, there are no 'secrets' to her success. She says of herself, "I was a woman with a mission and single-minded in the pursuit of my dream". Her famous declaration sums-up the whole essence of her personality and thinking dynamics. Her crusade was targeted on shifting women's consciousness about the power of image and creating timeless beauty in a down to earth way. I enjoyed everything I read about Estee and I share her passion for doing the work.
The Bible says despise not small beginnings and there’s always a beginning. If you’re just starting out or been thinking about venturing out, go ahead. There are my women who have paved the way for us to find and build our own empires and guess what, some empires are truly you family home. No matter what empire you’re building, do the work. It may be going the extra mile, spending a little more time, reading a little further or remembering to say goodnight to everyone you love.
Your success requires Your Work.
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To Your Success,