Stories - Chapter 15

Stories - Chapter 15

Huiwen Wu 06/01/2018 14

I started making jewellery when I was working for an accessory design company. I enjoyed my work and I learnt so much from my time there, but it was very much about realising someone else’s vision.

Around the time when I turned 30, I could see my life going down the path that wasn’t really what I wanted. Meanwhile, I underwent some life-changing events: I split up with my boyfriend of nine years; I moved into a warehouse, which was a very creative and supportive atmosphere in which to start producing my own work. A couple of years later, I had reached the point where I was still working part time and making jewellery part time when the company I was working for went through some changes and quite quickly didn’t need me any more. Although this felt very stressful at the time, I am really grateful that it happened. I needed that little push to realize that I had no more backup plan, but to make it work.

I always knew that I wanted to work for myself, but it is one thing to know what you want, another thing to really work out your vision. It is so much more intense than if you’d work for someone else. I call it “a creative roller coaster”. The important thing is to ride out the feelings of self doubt at the bottom of the downhill slope, hang on, until you start going up again. Because the work is so personal, if someone doesn’t like it, it is almost like rejecting a bit part of you. But when it does go well, when people do like it, that feeling of satisfaction is so much more intense. It gets easier each time, because you know it is a cycle, and talking to other makers, I’ve discovered it’s a really common one!

I never thought about giving up, because when things have become quite difficult in other areas of my life, this has been the one thing that I’ve been able to hold on to. If you put lots of hard work in, you get the results on the other end; whereas many other parts of my life seem a lot more uncontrollable. It pulled me through difficult times in life, rather than the other way round.

What I found particularly useful is also to realise that no decision made in your life is permanent. If you made a wrong decision, it is ok, because you can still make a right one later on. I think the world is really amazing, though random and chaotic, and you’ve got this really short time in this amazing place. For me, life is about going out, experiencing as much as you can. It is really unusual that you get everything right without having messed up many times, but as long as I can see what’s wrong with it and how I can improve it, I know I am on the right track.

Story of Victoria Myatt, founder of Promises Promises Jewellery

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  • Oliver Malchenko

    So much motivation

  • Dan Bate

    In reply to: Oliver Malchenko

    Yes, this is really motivational... not kidding. Every time someone says: "You can't do that" - Just do it to prove they're wrong.

  • Sunnil M

    What separates Victoria from other young founders wanting to achieve their goals is that Victoria never seemed to think she put enough work in. She also planned how she would reach her goals. Most people are not willing to do whatever it takes.

  • Vandy Niyomkham

    Most people get off work, go home and fall asleep on the couch. I got off work and spend my time learning new things for 3 hours and wake up early the next day to continue my learning curve. That's the difference between people who succeed and those who don't.

  • Matt Rowold

    It's always refreshing to read these kinds of stories

  • John Michael

    This really helps me to have a positive mindset

  • Chuck Lee

    You can not break a woman who wants to succeed even after a painful breakup, this can only motivate her to achieve more and more.

  • Mike F

    To sum up, she is telling us that if we have a dream, hold on to it.

  • Bill Browne

    great read, unfortunately people just sit around and argue about who has the most privilege instead of self-determination and perseverance.

  • Gary Aguilar

    I admire this young lady's accomplishments, I have also had a look at her website

  • Reggie Vis

    Exactly what I need to pick me up when I forget why I started

  • James C

    Every time I read one of these "stories", I have a smile on my face

  • Kumar Mohit

    A new year, a new start and infinite possibilities. Happy new year guys!

  • Nate O'Brien

    Amazing content as always !! Thank you for your motivational articles !!

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Huiwen Wu

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Huiwen is the founder of WeClustr, an online community for creators, makers in arts, crafts or any creative businesses. She completed her bachelor and master's degrees at Tongji University, ESSEC Business School and the London School of Economics. 

   

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