The Debrief from Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Life Event—Featuring Ivanka
Our own fun, fearless leader joined Cosmo’s panel to talk about being your own boss.
This weekend, Ivanka spoke with Cosmopolitan Executive Editor Leslie Yazel at Cosmo’s Fun Fearless Life event in NYC. Read her top five takeaways, as featured on cosmopolitan.com, from her panel on being your own boss. From Cosmo: Ivanka Trump is the EVP of Development & Acquisitions at the Trump organizations, she runs Ivanka Trump Fine Jewelry and the Ivanka Trump Lifestyle Collection, and she's a mom of two. So she knows all there is to know about being a boss. Here are five points she made (including one that's not quite about being a boss, but is certainly timely) at Cosmopolitan's Fun Fearless Life event sponsored by Maybelline this weekend, on a panel called "Be Your Own Boss" moderated by Cosmo executive editor Leslie Yazel. getty
1. Failure can be a stroke of good luck.
"I'm an all-in person. When I have a failure, not to say that it's debilitating, but I really feel it in a way that, you know, some people can sort of coolly move on to the next things. So I've had deals that I worked so hard on over a long period of time that just didn't come to fruition, and I viewed it as a big failure on my part — I negotiated too long, or I got too greedy toward the end, XYZ, like a series of things I had done that had enabled the deal not to happen. And I've found that over time that ... every one of those deals that I would literally half cry about wouldn't have been that great. So I that's where luck comes in to play..." "I think about the things I'm working on today that I wouldn't have been able to focus my attention on because I would have been consumed by another business opportunity. Look, our time is finite, so everything we don't do enables us to do something else."
2. She is very proud of her dad, Donald Trump.
"I love my father very much. I attribute so much of the person I am today to the values and he and my mother set for us, and the way they encouraged us every day of our lives to go out and find what we love doing, and to fulfill our potential and really be happy. I mean, that was the key. He actually in some ways discouraged us from entering real estate because he was nervous that if he did the opposite and if he pushed us, we'd do it out of obligation as opposed to out of passion. So, you know, it can be very hard , but it's also amazing to see how his message is so loudly and strongly and impactfully resonating with so many people. Since he got in the race, he's been in the no. 1 position running for the highest office in the country, if not the world. So I'm incredibly proud of him."
3. Employers will look at your social media accounts before hiring you — so clean them up.
"I haven't hired someone in years where I don't do a quick Google search on them. And certainly people who are working in HR within our company, they scour that much more diligently. So you probably want to clean that up a little bit if you're about to go on a big interview. What's your most recent Instagram post? What's your most recent Facebook post? People tend to think, 'That's personal, that won't factor in' — but it does. Because the reality is, it's a perfect insight to a future prospective employer on who you are, what you like to do, and what you value and how you handle yourself."
4. Lack of experience shouldn't discourage you.
"Nobody thinks a 22-year-old has experience. It took me a long time to realize that. I was nervous to speak or ask questions the first couple of years when I was working at another development company out in Brooklyn. I thought it would expose me as being ignorant. But you know what? Nobody thought I wasn't! And it took me a long time to realize that."