It never ceases to amazing me how the British media get away with printing such negative drivel. The case in question this week is Victoria Beckham. No matter what you might think of her singing ability or even her fashion, she is a dedicated mother, wife and entrepreneur. Over the past years she has had to work hard to establish herself in her new career and prove she is more than an average singer in boob tube. From the reports I hear at this years New York Fashion Week, she really cracked it. Her fashion line has been well accepted and David Beckham, her devoted husband, sat on the front row with baby Harper cheering her on.
I want to take my hat off to her and say ‘well done’. Business is never easy and she had some real critics to fight off to make her fashion line a success. She has had to work hard while juggling being a wife, mother of three energetic boys and a new Mom to 8 month old Harper. Any working mother surely has to appreciate the triumphant that this is. I am not a mother, yet I still get it.
But how do you respond to her success?
The British Magazine industry seem to be having a hard time swallowing the bitter pill that someone they spent years slatting and bringing down has proven them wrong and succeed. Instead of finally saying ‘Congratulations’ they’ve begun publishing pictures of her looking gaunt and tired. Apparently, to these – what I can only call negative, bitter twisted and deeply unhappy and unrealistic journalists – in order to be successful, not only do you have to have a have a successful fashion line, keep your husband happy, have well behaving kids, you also have do all this without tiring or dropping a pound in weight. In other words, you have to be super human.
So here are two questions I want to pose to you:
1) Who are these people that write such rubbish? Why do we give them permission to programming our children’s minds with unattainable levels of success by writing such things? Why do thousands upon thousands of people pay good money to read this negative back stabbing and bitching rubbish? What are we teaching our children by endorsing it? And don’t even get me started on the rain forests we destroy to print this rubbish.
2) What is your reaction to her success? As an entrepreneur, do you make excuses to justify why she has made it and you have not? Have you found yourself saying any of the following:
- Yeah but she had fame behind her to leverage off
- She had money behind her
- She could hire people and pay for child care, office support and the best consultants
If you’ve found yourself saying any of these things, I would stop and take a long hard look at yourself. Yep I am being really tough. I admit to these things running through my mind too, but I didn’t allow them to take up residency. Here’s why I give Victoria Beckham all the credit she is due:
Leveraging off her previous career and family contacts she was able to capitalise on her assets and follow her dream. Plenty of people don’t know how to do this. She did. When she was looking for investors (and I don’t just mean people who would give her money, but people who would give her their business reputation by associating with her) she had to convince people that she could shake off her old image and re-invent herself as a serious business woman and designer, and that her fashion line would be accepted by the New York and London Fashion critics. There are plenty of celebrities that put their name to designs to make money, but Victoria is doing something different – she is designing it herself and making the focal point of her new career – designing. She is not just associating with a fashion line open up revenue streams like so many others, including her husband.
To get where she did, Victoria had to make the ‘perfect pitch’ i.e. communicate her business in such a away that it lit up and ignited the imagination of those around her. She had to sell them on her dream and convince them to be part of it. Mike Harris, founder of First Direct and Egg Bank, teaches entrepreneurs how to pitch their ideas because it does take real skill. He says that every year thousands of great ideas go to waste because the entrepreneur just didn’t know how to communicate their idea in a way that people understand and get excited by it.
Once she had the money, yes she could hire the right staff to allow her to continue to priorities her husband and children. But so could you! If your business idea is strong enough, you could raise the money and hire the right staff. But even with that in hand, you’d still have to know how to prioritise your time and make it happen.
To achieve this level of results across the breadth of your life, it takes real talent. Victoria Beckham is far from a dumb singer who can’t think for her self. Henry Ford of Ford Motors once said ‘I don’t know anything about building cars. I don’t need to, I surround myself with people who do’. The greatest talent all top entrepreneurs have in common is the ability to sell people into a great idea and then lead it until fruition. Something Victoria has proven she can do.
In my opinion, her advantage in life is entirely her own making (even her achievements within the Spice Girls). She is a talented entrepreneur, who I would love to privilege of getting to know. I look forward to her future success and hope she starts appearing in business magazines as a positive mentor soon. After all, it took me 8 months to discover she had had a baby girl and if I have to read more drivel about how tired she is to find out more about her, I am not sure how up to date I’ll stay.
Victoria Beckham I salute you!