My dear Coco,
I thoroughly enjoyed our day together last week. That hat, my goodness darling, that hat I modeled for you? I must have it! All my friends are dying to see your next creations. My dear, they are waiting with great fervor to buy up all those beautiful hats. What am I to do? Ah, I must simply make you my exclusive milliner!
Dearest Coco, what is that creative little mind of yours dreaming up today? All my friends are saying that you will be famous one day! Maybe one day people all over the world will be talking about you. Maybe women will be wearing not just your hats, but dresses, coats, lingerie or maybe fragrances and bags and…oh my dear, I could go on and on.
Well my dear, I must go now. I am so exhausted from my theatre performance last night. It was a full house and we received a standing ovation.
Ps. I have popped in a little photo of me from the magazine in that gorgeous hat! I look quite stunning don’t you think?
Au revoir, Gabrielle x
Coco Chanel was born on August 19, 1883.
She was, and still is, one of the most influential style icons of all time. Everyone knows the Chanel brand, but few know the inspirational rags-to-riches story behind it. Who would have known that this humble girl born in a poor house, would achieve such phenomenal success! Coco Chanel is still regarded as a fashion icon, long after her death.
Coco was known for her incredible ambition and determination throughout her life. She associated with the ‘right circles’ and together with her unique talent, she achieved both success as a business woman and acquired great social prominence.
Lessons from High Achievers
Successful individuals like Coco Chanel, identified their unique talents and developed them to produce remarkable outputs that shaped the world in a variety of ways.
“Hard times arouse an instinctive desire for authenticity”, Coco Chanel.
A good starting point when thinking about your future goals, is to look at what areas you are going to develop. Coco would have honed in on her sewing skills and made decisions based on what she knows best and felt comfortable in developing. Developing is an ongoing activity, as one continually needs to review and improve existing processes.
To achieve goals we need to take action
The old model has been to teach, learn and do, however, it is far more effective to begin with action. Once we take action, then that is in fact ‘doing’ something, and from that, we in turn have learned something. So it is a bit of a twist on the old school of thinking. It is well established that people develop competence by taking action.
Coco Chanel’s initial marketing strategy was to generate a buzz around her new perfume fragrance by hosting what was essentially a promotional event, where she invited a group of elite friends to dine with her in an elegant restaurant. The success was immediate and phenomenal. Chanel’s friend exclaimed: “It was like a winning lottery ticket!”
Amazing people like Coco Chanel, Henry Ford, Thomas Edison and Helena Rubinstein, all have one thing in common – they all became multi-millionaires without going to a University or a Business School! Instead they chose to get into ‘business action’ and learn from experience. They just DID IT!
- What is the product? (The world is your oyster! Let your imagination run wild!)
- What are your strategies to market and develop the product, that will encourage the public to buy it?
- What Christian name was Coco given at birth?
- How did she learn to sew?
- In what year did Coco open her millinery boutique at 21 Rue Cambon, Paris?
- What very successful product was launched on May 5, 1921?
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Gabrielle Dorziat was a French stage and film actress. Dorziat was a fashion trend setter in Paris and helped popularize the designs of Coco Chanel.