So, I pretty much finished Kelly Cutrone's book in a matter of days- had I had the option of reading it cover to cover uninterrupted, it would have been finished in hours. Obviously, it's a pretty quick and easy read, but she does manage to sneak in some good thoughts in between describing her spiritual take on the world and the roller coaster ride that is her business.
I found that most of what she had to say was reiterating what we all know, but just need to be told every once in awhile so that we don't forget that it's important. I figured why not share some of her thoughts- i mean, I WAS practically peeing my pants to read this book- might as well pass along the message
• Start by identifying people in your community you look up to and then, graciously and with their blessing, use their hard work and experience to your advantage. Pick their brains. I can't imagine anyone refusing to mentor if they're asked in a spirit of sincerity and humility...you never know who will end up being your family or where you'll find them. All that matters is that you do find them.
• ... if you act as if you know what you're doing, and as if you're in charge, you'll be surprised how many people will let you be in charge... you can fake your way to the table, but ultimately you have to learn how to eat.
• Everyone is selling something these days, and if you don't have a clear point of differentiation-something that makes you special, unique, effective-you won't get far in fashion or in any other competitive industry, and you certainly won't succeed as an entrepreneur. In thinking about this question, consider your whole self, and don't be afraid to embrace everything that makes you unique.
• There will be days when, regardless of what you do and how much you love it, you'll be disgusted and/or exhausted by it... Detachment is about learning to have faith in your actions and remembering that you're more than what you do for a living.
• My mistakes have been some of the best teachers of my life.