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  • Wise words

    One piece of advice…

    So many of the words we live by have come from the women in our lives, be it mothers, grandmothers, sisters or friends. So we thought a great way to honour Mother’s Day would be to ask the community of brilliant women in our orbit to share a piece of wisdom. Turns out, something really wonderful happens when we put our heads together.  

     

    PETRO STOFBERG

    Co-founder of Wardrobe ICONS

     

    “There are so many things I want to teach my children. Of course, knowing how headstrong I was – and they are – they may not want to hear it. Nevertheless, there are two things I hope to impart. The first is that asking for help isn’t a weakness, it’s a strength. And secondly, whatever you decide to do in life, 90% of success is showing up on time and trying your hardest. The last 10% is serendipity. Oh, and that living within a 10-mile radius of your mother is always a good idea.”

     

    Petro

    EMILIA WICKSTEAD

    Fashion designer

     

    “For my children, I’ve gone to the brilliant words of Roald Dahl, which are: ‘If you are interested in something, no matter what it is, go at it full speed. Embrace it with both arms, hug it, love it and above all become passionate about it. Lukewarm is no good.'” 

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    WHITNEY BROMBERG HAWKINGS

    Founder of FlowerBX

     

    “When I think about the piece of advice I want my children to take into their lives and really follow, it is that the most important thing is to fearlessly be yourself, and don’t ever be defined by what other people think of you.”

    DEBORAH BRETT

    Editor-at-large, Wardrobe ICONS

     

    “As a semi-rehabilitated perfectionist (it’s a work in progress), my advice to my children would be to strive for excellence in everything they do but not perfection. The first is a goal, the second is a straitjacket.”

    FREDERIQUE HARREL

    Founder of Big Hair No Care  

     

    “When I was 19, a close friend of mine betrayed me and I just didn’t understand why. I also felt like everyone else was so easily happy while I struggled. I cried to my mum and she told me something I’ll never forget: ‘You are not with these people when they lay their head down at night,’  meaning, don’t take things personally, because you don’t know what people are going through. These words still make a huge difference for me.”

    GEORGIE ABAY

    Founder of The Grace Tales

     

    “Growing up, my mother taught me to never compare myself to others. I still remember her words: ‘There will always be someone who has more than you, so don’t ever compare yourself to others – it’s a waste of time.’ This is perhaps even more relevant in the world we live in today, where we’re constantly exposed to other people’s lives through social media. I don’t compare myself, ever – and I credit this to my mother, the grounding force in my life.”

     

    ALEX STEDMAN

    Founder of The Frugality

     

    “My mother has always worked in a male-dominated environment (she’s a locksmith) and always showed me, through that, that I could do anything I wanted to do and should never let obstacles get in my way.”

     

    Anna Bromilow

    ANNA BROMILOW

    Celebrity stylist

     

    “The best piece of advice my darling late mother ever gave me on style was to make yourself look and feel beautiful, then go out and completely forget about how you look. I love that sentiment. I relish the process of planning an outfit, and clothes distinctly affect my mood, but vanity is a life-inhibitor. I think to really feel a connection with those around you, it’s all about looking outward and leaving the superficial impression you’re giving behind.”

    KATHERINE ORMEROD

    Speaker and author of Why Social Media is Ruining Your Life 

     

    “I want to teach my son that resilience is more important than coming first. Being able to weather the storms and failures that hit everyone’s life is where true success comes from – not from medals and accolades.”

    REBECCA COHEN

    Founder of LoveShackFancy

     

    “My mother is my hero and my biggest inspiration alongside my daughters, and she always taught me to work hard. Her most valuable advice to me has been, ‘Anything is possible with hard work, you just need to keep your vision clear and listen to your gut.'” 

    RACHAEL WOOD

    Co-founder of Chinti & Parker

     

    “The best piece of advice my mother ever gave me was something along the lines of: don’t marry the CEO, be the CEO. And the only thing I would add to this wisdom for my own children is that, in a world where we can be anything and do anything, always be kind.”

    BELMA GAUDIO

    Founder of KoiBird

     

    “My mom always said that a woman should know, and be able to be everything and anything. It doesn’t matter if you don’t need to cook, know how to do it at the same time as striving to be a professional. Arm yourself with all the knowledge a woman should possess, then decide when and where to use it. So that no man can say you cannot do this or that.”

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