#Mygreateststrength. I just love her moodboards and admire her sharp eye and intuition when it comes to new trends, colors and textures. Gudy Herder is a Trend expert for Interior Design & Lifestyle, runs the blog “Eclectic Trends” and is such an inspiring person to me. And her answer about her greatest strength is simply wonderful.
“This is an interesting exercise indeed. I have never thought about the ONE superpower before and trying to break it down into one skill, is not the easiest task. But I would probably go for my mantra and share this expression with you that has given me amazing results. ‘Sloppy success is better than perfect mediocrity’ has brought me much insights and success in the long run.
You see, I am not a perfectionist.
Everybody who works with me knows I’m rather driven, but I am not afraid of launching and publishing new adventures at a moment they are not perfectly fine-tuned. I would never be where I am today. I shoot and then I correct.
Don’t get me wrong, I like to do things and projects the right way and would never work in a sloppy way for a client. What I am saying is, that when it comes to new endeavors, I aim to do my best, test and modify.
I know of many creates always waiting for the perfect moment to publish and produce. In my world, there is no such thing. Instead, business can really take off when you have learned from mistakes and feedback.
When I started Eclectic Trends, I did not have any plan what I wanted to write about, where the blog would take me to. I just took action. When I started researching interior design & lifestyle trends, I was driven by a personal interest and published my first report without knowing anything about trend science. It was already well done but has become so much more professional leading to many amazing international collaborations. Today I give trend lectures and develop trend based product lines for clients.
The more you practice, the better you get at it. You can certainly argue, there are other experts much more skilled. And that is ok. There are even more people out there who just need what you have to offer.
I am often told, I look confident on stage and public appearances. Truth is, I have stagefright every single time. But even if I mess up, it’s great learning and it will turn out better next time. My superpower is a slow but steady process.”
Photos by Ampi Aristu
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