Whether you believe in resolutions or not, a new year brings with it hope and promise for a fresh start and a certain level of enthusiasm for new adventures. If you need a little inspiration for a different career move or motivation in your current role, here are some of my favourite quotes from a few of the most successful figures in fashion, beauty and business. 

To be a fashion editor you need to have a good eye for style, of course but also for people. Choosing the right people to be around you is so important, this is a 24/7 job. Zanna Roberts Rassi, senior fashion editor Marie Claire US

Every job that you have may not be the perfect job, but you really take away different things, and you create relationships. Tory Burch, fashion designer

Be hard on yourself. Ask ‘Do I make sense? Am I crazy?’ You can listen to everybody [else], but follow your heart. The worst mistake is to do something and then realise, ‘I didn’t really want to do it but so-and-so told me to.” Diane Von Furstenberg, fashion designer

Try to remain positive. I struggle with this one too. Tom Ford, fashion designer

Always include a cover letter, which matches to the position you are applying for. A lot of candidates forget a cover letter, but it’s a great way of explaining how your skills can be applied to the job. Maria Hatzistefanis, Founder of Rodial and Nip + Fab

I couldn’t do anything without a list – but you must remember to put things on the list! The Reminders app on my phone is perfect as I separate everything into categories or people and tick things off from the highest to lowest priority. Christiane Duigan, director of Bodyism

Success begins at that magical moment when you declare to yourself, your friends, and the universe that you believe you can do something different. Natalie Massenet, founder of

Anxiety is a huge confidence killer. If you let go of your anxiety and think that, you haven’t got the job, so if you don’t get the job you haven’t lost anything! Having a much more positive way of looking at it is often very helpful. Karen Brady, sporting executive, politician, television broadcaster, newspaper columnist, author and novelist

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