How Women Cultivate Success: A Chat With Edith Venter
How did some of the world’s most powerful women manage to progress in their careers while also enjoying life outside of work? These are some of many questions I’ve been grappling with lately, thanks to a very exciting time in my life. Of-course as always, the universe brought me answers to my ever-looming questions, but not entirely in the way I anticipated.
During a recent trip, I had a brief conversation with a gentleman I met over a lovely buffet dinner (at one of the beautiful resorts in Thailand) on a cool summer night. The conversation was sparked by the flowers I wore in my hair, which Mr. Samuel (I later discovered his name) thought was rather peculiar. Women we courted in the 60’s and 70’s wore flowers in their hair, certainly not women in this day and age, he said.
We spoke of lifestyle choices and very pertinent life lessons. A joker at heart, Mr. Samuel told me about his zest for life. From world trips in 80 days, to interrupting an on-ship wedding on an international cruse liner. Reason? Just to ask the captain if curry was on the lunch menu, and if it wasn’t; could it be cooked! Aboard this very same ship is also where Mr. Samuel and his wife met Edith Venter – one of South Africa’s most gracious businesswomen.
Ever since hearing about Edith’s poise and grace, I couldn’t stop thinking – what brought this incredible woman her invaluable wisdom and great circle of influence?
And so I asked.
This week, I had the honour of having high tea with Edith Venter – iconic South African socialite, A-list celebrity, businesswoman and philanthropist. From rubbing shoulders with the likes of Liz Hurley and Kim Kardashian to working with top brands like Louis Vuitton, Edith’s done it all.
During my visit, we chat entrepreneurship, divorce, friendships, marketing a business and embracing the limelight.
Here’s what I learned:
- A woman who knows her worth is an intimidating woman. If she has grace and style, even more so. This makes some people uncomfortable.
- Say no to negativity. Own who you are. Seek only to rise or move forward. Never backwards.
- Cultivate a positive attitude and visualize your dreams. Pen them down if you have to.
- Hold on to memories if they make you happy. Many of the items in Edith’s living space are either gifts from friends, family and loved ones, or pieces Edith has collected on her travels. Rubber ducks, wooden carvings and colourful teapots. A wonderful blend of textures and colours.
- If you are excited to get up in the morning, regardless of your sore feet from the night before, then you are in the right business! Do what you love and you will be successful.
I have to say this though – for a successful woman of such caliber – Edith is incredibly humble. I mean she even refers to her blatant success as a comedy of errors
I’m definitely feeling inspired.
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