Beginning Magi Rose Distinctive Ladieswear BrandPosted on Mar 01, 2019
It can be a long road from having a dream to its realisation. If you have read my first blog, ‘Introducing Magi Rose’ you will know that I had carried the ambition to develop a ladies leisure clothing brand for the best part of 50 years. So why did I carry that dream for so long and how did Magi Rose get started?
I studied nursing at Guy’s Hospital, London qualifying as a Registered nurse in 1970. Then followed a long career in health care jumping through all the hoops and climbing all the ladders to finally end up leading the way as a University Professor of Clinical Practice and Innovation, working with the NHS. With retirement from the day job looming and far too much energy to put my feet up it seemed the ideal time to grasp the nettle and bring Magi Rose to life. Very easy to say but how to do? Although I have always appreciated beautiful, high quality, hard-wearing clothes my domain knowledge of the fashion industry was virtually non-existent and whoever is in charge must possess adequate technical understanding of the field. Clearly, this would be a completely new area to break into and the challenges could not be underestimated.
There was also the fear factor. Yann Martel in his novel, ‘The Life of Pi’ (1981, p56-57) gives one of the most impressive expositions on fear. He casts it as, ‘a clever, treacherous adversary…has no decency, respects no law or convention, shows no mercy. It goes for your weakest spot, which it finds with unerring ease’. Even Doubt and Reason Martel suggests are laid low allowing your anxiety to become dread. I had already completed a career leaving my profession with the highest accolade as an Emeritus Professor; an episode of failure could tarnish my latter years. Wise people however, have said that you should follow your dream whatever it takes.
It has been said that to predict the future is to invent it. I did not need to limit my future based upon my past. I needed to create a new reality for myself and make a start, there was no waiting for the perfect time. I created my opportunity by attending a Cosmopolitan magazine (co-sponsor Tinder) weekend in London, April 2018, for people interested in starting their own business. This was truly an eye opener for me. One day I might like to be one of the invited speakers who shared their stories. At the event I was able to engage a business mentor, Irene Moore, owner of Savvy Startup Club an online business coaching + community for female start-ups (irenemoore.com). I was on my way!
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