Nesrin asked: “You are managing a successful business and have a bright future ahead of you, and I absolutely love your work, but we all start from zero to reach a certain goal with time… What was your motivation throughout this time? Did you ever feel like you wanted to give up when times got hard?”
Hi Nesrin! To answer your question: No, I never wanted to give up. You mention that most start from zero and for most people it’s true. However, my family’s humble beginnings in the United States start at well below zero, with poverty and homelessness in the first few years of immigrating.
Giving up was not an option for me back then, and it still isn’t now.
Whatever I do — fashion, modeling, makeup — I do with vigor and panache. I aim to be the best I can be because I want to build a brand to be proud of, a company that inspires people around the world. I am still working towards that goal and whatever challenges come my way only fuel that fire — I’ve already hit the rock bottom once and survived, I know things can’t get any worse!!!
Every business goes through tough times, and mine is no exception. My company has been accused of the worst things online and my name essentially dragged through the dirt. But I’m still here, still kicking ass! How did I do it? It comes down to performing well under pressure. You can’t let negative thoughts affect your judgement and must focus ONLY on the positive: your goal. There are some sad, miserable people out there who will try to tear you down and destroy your business just for sport; you can’t let them win. If you find doubt, fear or insecurity creeping into your mind, you must zap those thoughts immediately as they are the real danger. What’s out there can’t hurt you; negative thinking will!
In the end, if you love what you do and can’t imagine your life without it, OPTIMISM becomes your only choice. I hope that your heart is full of it, whatever it is you chose to do. Thanks for the question!