Achieving Greatness

coco-chanel1No one ever said the road to greatness was easy, or short. In order to win, in any true way, there are no shortcuts to be had. Success is a long journey of perseverance and overcoming many obstacles. There is no one that has no self doubts, that is strong all the time, that doesn’t have moments where they just throw up their arms and rant and rave in madness.

There are no fashion or interior designers that had the road paved for them. I have a large degree of admiration for Coco Chanel; this was a strong willed, ambitious woman if there ever was one.  She fought her entire life for her vision and didn’t settle for second best or anything less than what she deserved. I just finished the book, The Secret of Chanel No. 5, written by Tilar J. Mazzeo, where the author speaks of the tales, tribulations, and triumphs of the world’s most famous fragrance. Mazzeo also covers Gabrielle (Coco’s) relations with her business partners and famed lovers. She speaks to the journeys of Madame Coco Chanel who had an immensely difficult childhood and “made it” at a time when women were solely housewives and mothers.  Chanel was tough, brilliant, absolutely certain of the greatness of her vision, and unapologetic in every sense.

I know from my own life additionally, the road has been paved with great triumphs and travails.  My road has been up and down so many times.  My existence has been one of extremes, however I would never sacrifice the greatness, although it comes at a high price. One of my biggest personal mottos that has guided me throughout life is that I would be anything, but never mediocre. And that has remained my personal truth to this day.  No apologies.

“There is no passion to be found playing small – in settling for a life that is less than the one you are capable of living.”

Nelson Mandela


Courtesy of Tilar J. Mazzeo, The Secret of Chanel No. 5, Female Fatale, Menton Daily Photo