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#neverstoplearning tip: shake it up

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Happy first day of June!

When I started my business back in 2007, people assumed I would open up a clothing store. I had a deep understanding of the fashion retail industry, after spending many years as a successful buyer for Bloomingdale’s, Saks, and Barney’s.

But before I jumped straight onto that predictable path, I took a step back to really think about what moves my heart. That’s how I came up with the concept for Pink Olive and with a small belief that small gifts have big power to show how much we care. I had to step outside of my comfort zone to realize my true passion: to inspire and celebrate the little things – one person, one gift, and one neighborhood at a time.

Every day is about learning and today, I want to challenge you to shake it up. Consider the full spectrum of possibilities, whether you’re looking to expand your current business or start something brand new. You might miss a chance to pursue something truly exciting if you’re not willing to take the leap towards something slightly unexpected, and follow your heart.

Join me in my #neverstoplearning challenge and show us on Instagram: how are you shaking things up at work? What amazing opportunities have you found when you dared to divert from the predictable path?

xoxo,

grace
Grace Kang
Founder, Pink Olive School

P.S. Are you looking to take your product business to new levels in the next 6-months or just want my eyes on your business to ask all your burning questions? I am opening up two spots to my popular “Critique My Line” private strategy session — sign up here and let’s get started!

 

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#neverstoplearning tip: set intentions for 2017

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Happy New Year!

2017 is here, and so is your opportunity to set intentions for the year. What are yours?

A new year can usher in a fresh perspective that is both invigorating and enlightening, but often it can be just plain overwhelming. Where do you begin?

Maybe you want to accomplish something professionally like increasing your social media presence or creating one new design per week. Or, maybe you are seeking personal growth. Reading 20 minutes a day to instill that lifelong learner mentality or writing more letters to loved ones to stay connected. Accomplishing small tangible goals can feel empowering.

What I’ve learned, though, is that sometimes the best intentions are simply determining what you truly believe in. For example, I believe I was put here on earth to spread love through finding beautiful gifts that make people smile. love. gift. smile is my tagline and the premise for essentially everything I do for Pink Olive and OliveBox. When your intention becomes something you believe in, everything you do funnels toward that intention — both personally and professionally.

I encourage you to reflect on what you truly believe in this week and join me over on  Instagram: what are your intentions this year?

xoxo,

grace

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#neverstoplearning tip: have fun + boxing day special!

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Happy Boxing Day!

Sometimes the day to day routine of owning your own business keeps you from remembering the most important part: to have fun! That’s why this week’s #neverstoplearning challenge urges you to relish in both the big and small successes.

It’s easy to remember to celebrate the big successes: an anniversary of a store opening or your first huge order. And, while those are significant milestones not to be ignored, I’ve learned that celebrating the little things is what ultimately reminds me of why I started my business, and more notably makes my job fun!

Whether it’s treating yourself to a delicious donut to recognize a productive meeting, or a quick note to congratulate an employee on a stellar sales day, these are the little ways I like to celebrate our sweetest victories. And you know what else? I like to treat myself to the gift to learning. 

As product entrepreneurs, we are all so passionate about the products we sell. I know how challenging it can be to know how to sell to retail stores and create a brand your customers will love. So today on Boxing Day, I want to you to enjoy the savings and enjoy the Retail Recipes WorkBook + DIY Kit for only $97. Used code: boxingday150. But don’t take it from me, here’s what one of our clients had to say:
“The retail recipes e-workbook is a must read for any creative enterprise. As someone who can spend hours drawing and sewing, I realized that spending time on the business side is just as important, especially when approaching buyers and clients. Grace’s book and critique has taught me so much about creating a cohesive brand and vision. I read a new chapter and it gives me a new goal to work towards.” – Christiana, New York.

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Happy learning and have fun!

xoxo,

grace

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Who inspires you + Important question for the busy entrepreneur! :)

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Happy Monday!

When it comes to owning your own business, it’s important to find individuals that help instill confidence in you yet also challenge you to think beyond your comfort zone. The intersection between the two is often where the biggest growth occurs, both personally and professionally. For me, I am most inspired professionally by people who strive to be one step ahead of “the game.” Several years ago I went to a Tory Burch Foundation meeting and finally had the opportunity to meet Millard Drexler, CEO of J. Crew. If you recall from this previous post, I wrote a children’s book about him in lieu of the traditional college essay when he was CEO of Gap Inc. When I finally met Millard at the meeting, I heard him speak passionately about “following your instincts and remaining true to your vision.” He noted that in his career taking risks without fear of making mistakes was the biggest avenue to his success within the industry. To me, he is a leading example of people who always remain one step ahead of “the game.”

Hearing Millard speak instilled a sense of confidence in me about following my own passions, yet he challenged me to think “bigger.” We all need those people in our lives. 

My father was one of the first people to do that for me, it’s a story that fully encapsulates my mission. Through my father’s actions, he taught me the power of giving and the impact it can have on someone you love. When we feel loved, we can do anything. The confidence my father instilled in me many years ago still resonates today. His encouragement continues to fuel me, inspiring me to think “bigger,” like opening my 5th store in the beautiful Hudson Valley this Spring :)

Here’s to creating a business you love.

xoxo
grace

 

 

P.S. Are you in need of a #pogetaway? As an entrepreneur, it’s so easy to get caught up in the busyness and get burnt out. When we take a break from the daily grind of our lives, we can find clarity and direction, both essential to fueling a successful business. This January, I am hosting a one-day business + lifestyle retreat for product-based designers in the charming village of Cold Spring, New York. Spend the day with me, get my advice and strategy to help grow your business and get re-inspired for the new year ahead! If you are interested in joining us, please email us at hello@pinkoliveschool.com.

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#neverstoplearning tip: don’t be afraid to do the unexpected

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Happy Friday!

Have you heard about “the Purple Cow?” Several years ago I read Seth Godin’s book Purple Cow: Transform Your Business by Being Remarkable and I was hooked. It’s message emphasizes this week’s #neverstoplearning tip: don’t be afraid to do the unexpected. As Seth defines in his book, a “Purple Cow” is “anything phenomenal, counterintuitive, exciting … remarkable.” Every day, we as consumers are bombarded with thousands of messages, many of which we ignore. Those are the “brown cows,” or the businesses, leaders and ideas that are tired and mundane. “Purple Cows,” however, are worth talking about. They are unexpected and exceptional.

In hindsight, I recognize several personal experiences that speak directly to Seth’s “Purple Cow” theory. When I was applying for college, I wrote a children’s book about Millard Drexler, CEO of The Gap at the time,  in lieu of the traditional college essay. While I’m sure it wasn’t solely the reason for my acceptance into school, I am confident my unconventional approach  made my application stand out.

Similarly, when I started my own business after years as a buyer for department stores such as Bloomingdale’s and Barney’s, most people thought I was going to open up a clothing store. It matched my experience, my contacts, my entire professional background. But I decided to step outside of my comfort zone and go after something that was much more personal to me. While seemingly counterintuitive, I dived into the gifting world and never looked back.

These decisions were intimidating, however, both paid off tremendously in my career. I encourage all of you to remember the “Purple Cow” and choose the unexpected. You never know where it will take you.

Join me in the #neverstoplearning challenge and tell me on Instagram: When have you done the unexpected?

xoxo,

grace

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