Fashion Business Owner Musing: Don’t Forget to Celebrate

We often hear about bouncing back when things go wrong in business, probably because of how difficult that is to pull off. When you try something and it doesn’t work, one of the most difficult things to do is keep trying. But then I started thinking about the other thing that can happen when you try something.

What about when things go right?

As fashion business owners, you’re always working hard on something; always checking your to-do lists, hurrying to the next must-do thing, very go, go, go.

There’s nothing wrong with taking action on your goals.

But you know hat I don’t see enough of? Celebrating when things go right.

I know you’ve heard it before but do you actually do it?

The only way we’re going to keep ourselves from curling up under the covers and ignoring the world when things go wrong is if we pop the champagne and do a little dance when things go right!

I’m talking big things and “small” things.

Did a launch go well? You hit your target? Celebrate!

Did you work up the guts to email someone who responded with incredibly helpful advice? Celebrate!

Did you finally set up Quickbooks? Celebrate!

I share this because I now that not enough business owners do it and that’s so unfortunate because celebrating those wins acts as fuel when things are difficult.

I talk to our community members all the time and we’re always to focused on how to fix what’s not working (important, sure) but it’s not until I ask them, “What worked well for you recently?” that we start to do the virtual high fives for all the successes.

I also talk about the mindset behind launching a business, including what we need to do in order to keep going, in this free class I teach.

Taking the time to celebrate is something we should do but often don’t. When something goes well, we tend to say “sweet!” and then quickly move on to what’s next.

I think we all need to get better at congratulating ourselves on the wins, both big and small.

So business owners, what’s something that worked well for you that you will celebrate?

Lots of love and encouragement,

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Nicole Giordano

Nicole is the founder of StartUp FASHION, an online resource and community supporting for independent designers around the world with building their businesses. A deep love for the craft of fashion paired with an adamant belief that success is defined by the individual, led her to found StartUp FASHION, where she helps independent designers and makers screw the traditional fashion business rules, create their own paths, and build businesses they truly love. More than anything else, she’s in the business of encouragement and works every day to remind makers and designers that they have something special to offer the world and that they can, in fact, do this thing!

  1. Gabrielle Woodhams

    Hi Nicole, I discovered you website a few months ago, and have been following it avidly since.
    It’s always a joy to read. Thank you.


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