Wanting to start a new career or business can be daunting. However, if you clearly know what your strengths are, it can make the journey less bumpy. But for many of us, we don’t really know what we’re good at or what we truly enjoy. By taking the steps to mastering your craft, you come to find out what really makes you tick and how you can turn your interests or talents into a successful career or business that you can build upon. To master your craft, you need to (1) know yourself, (2) pursue education, (3) do what you love, and (4) continue life-long learning. These points have helped me numerous times in my career in fashion but are relevant for anyone who is looking to start their own business.

1. Know yourself and build on your interests.
As a child, I always knew that I would have a career in fashion. I liked going to local stores with my mother and enjoyed touching and admiring all the beautiful clothes. I wondered how this magical world could become my reality. I knew within myself that this would be my journey. Knowing myself guided me to the exciting path in fashion.

2. Pursue education that builds upon your strengths.
I found a school that could shape my career in the retail fashion business. I knew that the way I could prepare myself for working in fashion was to go to a college that was progressive and “cutting edge” on trends.

3. Launch your career in an area that you like.
If working is fun and enjoyable, you will be successful. Conversely, if you don’t like what you are doing, you are doomed to failure. I pursued other fields besides fashion only to fail because of a lack of passion. Without passion there is no drive behind what you do. I wake up every morning and always thankful that my passion is also my means of living.

4. Continue life-long learning.
Because fashion is always changing, I continually educate myself by being aware of trends, designers, and the business in general. Then, I apply my creative spark to bring my ideas into fruition.

These four points have helped me in my professional career and in life and I hope they can help you as well.