Fancy yourself a little arm-candy? This week’s Secrets of my Success interview is with the gorgeous Kismet Lola Mussa, the talent behind Kismet Lola London. Her Middle-Eastern-inspired jewellery line is so gorgeous, you’ll be wanting to show off your summer skin with one of her beautiful handmade designs.
Want to know the secret of her ever-so-stylish success? Read on…
What is your title/position?
Owner and designer at Kismet Lola London
What has been the ‘defining moment’ that set you on the path you’re on today? How did you get to where you are now?
I wouldn’t say there has been a particular defining moment. It’s about having passion, being inspired and making those things you dream about a little bit more real. (Click to tweet it)
Tell me about your vision/goals for your future.
It sounds so cheesy but ultimately I want to be able to say, at any given moment, that I’m content doing what I love. My goals and visions are bound to change and grow, they have no limits. (Click to tweet it)
What has been most effective for you in your achievements so far, in turning your goals/visions into reality? Where do you start?
Being productive. Unfortunately (or fortunate sometimes) I’m not one of those people that will write down a clear strategy and then work on it. I’m the opposite. I throw myself in and then think ‘oh no, I need a plan’. Its different for everyone I guess, but I need to feel like I am doing something, not just talking about it.
How do you stay motivated and inspired?
To keep motivated and inspired, I feel I have to be open to the world. Inspiration can be found in the unlikeliest of places. As soon as you start to cut yourself off from anything, you are losing out. I love ‘me time’ just as much as friends and family time, I love exploring and doing new things but I also love chilling with some YouTube in the garden. There is nothing better than having dreams and belief in yourself. They should bottle it!
What has been your biggest lesson learned?
Never Give Up. It’s so true that everything happens when it is meant to, so keep striving. (Click to tweet it)
What have been (or still are) your biggest fears and challenges, and how do you overcome them?
Oh if I was to list my fears, we’d be here all day. But I’ve kind of started to realise that having these fears is part of what drives me to achieve my dreams. I just get on with it and make it work.
What do you believe is the secret of your success?
I’m constantly growing and learning so I don’t really have any secrets. However, I’m generally very determined once I put my mind to something. It also helps that I’m quite stubborn.
What 3 tips would you offer ambitious women reading this?
Believe you can do it, and then do it. No one else will make it happen for you. (Click to tweet it)
Be nice – it counts for a lot. (Click to tweet it)
Always carry flats, you never know when you will need them.
What book has most inspired you?
I don’t have just one… Different books have inspired me in different ways: they’ve made me laugh, given me faith, given me food for thought. For me, it’s about drawing from different places.
All images via Kismet Lola London