How To Build A Bulletproof Mindset

What do you focus on most of the time? Do you find yourself being anxious about what life is giving you? How do you manage yourself mentally to move towards what you want?

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10 Advantages of Being a Maverick

Being a maverick, or someone who goes against the grain and follows their own path, can have several advantages.

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Here is my list of 10 advantages:

 

1. CREATIVITY

Mavericks often have unique perspectives and ideas, leading to higher levels of creative solutions and innovations. In life, every day presents new challenges and thinking outside the box allows us to bring fresh ideas and ways of doing things to overcome obstacles and push us forward.

2. INDEPENDENCE

Mavericks are not bound by conventional rules or expectations, giving them the freedom to make independent decisions. The art of taking personal responsibility is key to empowering your mindset and putting your own unique stamp on the world around you. It can be a lonely journey at times, but you will gain greater insight into yourself and be able to deal far more effectively at what life sends in your direction.

3. LEADERSHIP

They can inspire others with their unconventional thinking and willingness to take risks, making them effective leaders. The very skill of clearly defining your purpose and goals with utter conviction drives loyalty and attracts those other colleagues and team members into your orbit, to help and support you.

4. RESILIENCE

They are often more resilient because they are used to facing challenges and setbacks. Think of the metaphor of the chrysalis and the butterfly – it is the sheer relentless determination that nature imbues in the chrysalis to force itself out of its hard cocoon that allows it to transform into a beautiful butterfly. Life rarely presents us with a smooth ride so embrace the bumps and twists in the road and push ahead regardless.

5. PERSONAL GROWTH

Going against the norm can lead to personal growth and self-discovery as you continuously learn from your experiences. Most high achievers would say that the journey of life is not about what you accumulate in riches, but actually what you become as an individual that is the most important. We are designed to keep growing, learning and developing, and mavericks tend to have a curious mind with a constant yearning to challenge themselves.

6. ADAPTABILITY

Mavericks are adaptable and open to change, making them well-suited for dynamic environments. It has never been more evident than today, how flexible we all need to be to navigate through life and business. Think of an aircraft that takes off from London to New York. It constantly has to adapt to changing weather conditions and other variables and trim its flightpath in order to arrive safely at its destination. Life for us is exactly the same. Remain flexible with an open mind and embrace the changes pushed upon us.

7. INFLUENCE

They can have a significant impact on their fields or industries by challenging the status quo. Your ability to guide and mold a situation is vital to achieving your preferred outcome. Mavericks have the innate trait to drive change though a mixture of honesty, integrity and gritty determination. This generates energy and momentum that gets those around you in sync together to achieve more.

8. INNOVATION

Mavericks drive innovation by pushing the boundaries of what’s possible and introducing new ideas and technologies. Every major breakthrough in the history of the world has been preceded by a catalog of failed attempts and wrong assumptions – but eventually success prevails and humanity takes a new step forward. After all, it was Napoleon Hill that said ‘what the mind of man can conceive and believe, it can achieve.’

9. PROBLEM-SOLVING

They excel at solving complex problems by thinking outside the box and approaching issues from unconventional angles. One of my close business associates said to me once – ‘every day is a battle’. Your ability to dismantle challenges that present themselves and find a way through is the real mark of a maverick, where an ‘everything is possible’ mindset prevails.

10. FREEDOM

Mavericks enjoy the freedom to chart their own course in life, pursuing their passions and interests without being confined by societal norms.. This is perhaps the real reason we chase our dreams. The ability to define our own outcomes and immerse ourselves in a life that we have designed where we make our own choices. This leads to bigger benefits like peace of mind and harmony with the world within our heads and the one that exists outside. Mavericks understand this as the ultimate outcome and realise that the sacrifices and difficult decisions they make along the way ultimately lead to freedom.

It’s worth noting that while being a maverick has its advantages, it is not an easy or guaranteed route to success. But for those that are prepared to chart their own course in life and take the ups and downs along the way, whilst maintaining a positive mindset, and stay focussed on what they truly desire, the journey will be well worth it.

I wish all you mavericks and those in the making, all the success you deserve.

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Facts & Myths From My Entrepreneurial Life In Fashion Licensing

As an entrepreneur in the fashion licensing industry, I have come across many facts and myths that I’d like to share with you. Here are some of them.

Facts

  1. Fashion licensing is a highly competitive industry. There are many players in the market, and it takes a lot of hard work to succeed.
  2. Licensing agreements can be complex and require a lot of legal expertise. It is essential to have a good lawyer who can help you navigate the legal aspects of the business.
  3. Licensing can be a great way to expand your brand and reach new audiences. It allows you to leverage the popularity of other brands and create new revenue streams.
  4. The success of a licensing agreement depends on many factors, including the strength of a brand, the quality of a product, and the marketing strategy.
  5. Licensing can also be a risky business. If the licensed product does not sell well, it can damage the reputation of both the licensor and the licensee.
  6. You will never have enough time or resources, and the competition will only get more intense as the market develops. As harsh as it sounds, we have to face the reality and the truth of this.
  7. If you want to see real growth, you’ll have to prioritise quality over quantity – which means learning how to say no when you need to.

Myths

  1. “Licensing is an easy way to make money.” This is not true. Licensing requires a lot of hard work and dedication, and there are certainly no guarantees of success.
  2. “Licensing is only for big brands.” Not really – licensing can be a great way for small and medium-sized brands to expand their reach and increase their revenue.
  3. “Licensing is a one-time deal.” Again, it’s not exactly like this. Licensing agreements are usually long-term contracts that require ongoing maintenance and management.
  4. “Licensing is only for fashion brands.”Meanwhile, licensing can be applied to many different industries, including food and beverage, entertainment, and sports.
  5. Licensing is a passive income stream. This is not true. Licensing requires active management and marketing to ensure the success of the licensed product.
  6. “Nobody else has thought about this business idea before”. You’re the only one. While rubbing your ego can feel nice temporarily, you’ll soon realise how it couldn’t be a bigger myth you’re telling yourself. So, if you think you are doing enough to satisfy the market, think again.
  7. “Always say yes, and you’ll reach success faster”, be careful when you say yes to everything in the light of scaling your business. It would be too naive to think that just this alone will make everything easier for your business.

In conclusion, fashion licensing can be a great way to expand your brand and reach new audiences, but it requires hard work and dedication. It is crucial to understand the facts and myths of the industry to make informed decisions and succeed in the business.

I wish you all the success you deserve.

 

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How To Get Clarity On The Year Ahead – 4 Simple Questions To Ask Yourself To Turbo-Charge Your 2023

Many people ask me how I approach a new year with the right mindset and goal-setting. Having been a serial goal setter for all my adult life, I have consistently improved and honed my strategies, in order to steer myself on the right road to success and fulfilment.