Martwayne | Power Through Fashion: August 2013

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

Dare to Dream... The Power of Positive Confessions. [Part 1 - How It All Began...]

Pre-Wedding Shoot by Ayodeji Samuel

Ok so I've finally found the liver to tell my long-overdue story.  To be honest, I had written it several times in my head but for some reason never posted it.  I guess after receiving more wedding gifts over the weekend from 2a students and the sermon on Sunday, I decided it was finally time... perhaps what worked for me would also work for someone out there.

I actually have no clue how to start so I guess I'll start from what I think is the beginning... 

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Torn Between Entrepreneurship & Employment

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So I'm chatting to a Blackberry contact about her intention to register for the Foundation Course when she suddenly asks me this question out of the blue:

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"Do you think it is worthwhile for a young graduate from another discipline entirely to stick to fashion design without first working at her own qualification or you'll rather advise that such a fellow works for a number of years and fall back to the fashion industry?"

The reason is I have 2 degrees in a completely unrelated field from fashion and I do have a bias for what I studied.  After a long series of processes, a company has called me for a position in this field but I do not want to let go of my fashion business.  I have built it to a certain level and have a steady clientele but I also want to have a feel of the organizational structure out there to justify my many years of academic hard work.

Unfortunately, I do not have a business system that can run without me in place yet.  I have been doing 70% of the work so right now, without me my business cannot continue.  I have a family and young children to take care of, with the huge demands of the type of work, with the possibility of working weekends, and my family commitments, I will have no time for the business.

Some have opined that I can hardly combine work and my business altogether effectively.  What do I do? :_("

_________________(edited to protect the identity of the contact).

Don't worry she's aware I'm posting this as I asked her permission.  I try not to break my code of confidentiality but I thought it would help to post this since I am sure many people out there are facing this same predicament (even if not in the field of fashion).  

This is not the first time people have sought my opinion on similar matters and my heart really went out to her.  I could really identify with her predicament and can only imagine how tough the decision must be for her.  However, I did not bat an eyelid when I gave her the following response...

Monday, August 5, 2013

A Frustrated Entrepreneur's Take on the "Freebie" Mentality

So I'm going through my e-mails this morning and came across this hilarious e-mail from Efe Imiren of Serviceforts.com.  As hilarious as it was though, I could completely identify with the guy's frustration as s/he typed it out.  

But anywayz, Efe's E-Mail titled: "What To Do When People Don't Value Your Ideas" speaks for itself.  I, for one, can completely identify with his frustration.  I lifted it as is so you read it and decide if the writer is justified.