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Life Rules From Jenna Lyons

As I was flipping through the new Porter magazine {which has quickly become a favorite read} I stumbled on 10 life rules from Jenna Lyons. There is always so much more to learn in life everyday so I look to successful, creative women for their know-how and advice often. This tidbit on 10 life rules from Jenna Lyons may be some things we have all heard before, but the reason for that is that they work.

Like so many others, I am hugely impressed with Jenna Lyons. From starting at the lowest rung at J. Crew to now being President and executive creative director, along with her ability to turn J. Crew into a must-shop global worldwide favorite, Jenna’s business savvy is impressive to say the least.

Honestly, I have referenced this page so much since first reading it that the magazine now opens directly to Jenna’s page. In case you haven’t gotten your hands on the new Porter yet, here are Jenna’s 10 life rules…

1. I work on instincts. At the end of the, it’s all you have. If you don’t trust yourself, no one else is going to, either.

2. You can’t fix yesterday. And don’t beat yourself up over it – the only reasons to beat yourself up is if you don’t learn from it.

3. Respect honesty and transparency. There is no room for people who cant give a clear and honest opinion.

4. I feel like I’m learning – and making mistakes – all the time! But if I wasn’t and suddenly felt stagnant, that would be the thing that would make me not want to work.

5. When I was younger, I always wanted things to be easier – but I learned that there are always things in flux and always changing. Then I realized that makes things far more interesting.

6. Whatever doesn’t kill you make you stronger. There is no question. It’s a cliché, but it’s true.

7. Never assume that just because we did it one way means that we can do it again the same next time.

8. I realized early on that no matter what I am feeling and no matter what is happening to me, either personally or professionally, there is no place for that [in the workplace]. I am really good at compartmentalizing, probably to a fault! When you force yourself to do it, you realize that it’s not as hard as you think.

9. I don’t want to stay looking the same. Someone once said that they didn’t recognize me because I wasn’t wearing a red lip, so I thought, “Oh, I won’t wear a red lip for a while”.

10. Giving feedback in the creative world is so delicate. I spend a lot of time picking my words carefully.

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