It can be difficult to define your dream career, let alone pursue it – the path can be strewn with pitfalls and doubts.
Just ask Glow Recipe co-CEOs Christine Chang and Sarah Lee. The duo left their jobs as global marketing managers at L’Oréal in 2014 to pursue an even bigger dream: to launch their own skincare brand inspired by their Korean heritage and K-beauty trends.
Chang and Lee pooled $50,000 in savings to start Glow Recipe and ran it as a two-person business until they could afford to hire more employees. While that meant spending late nights packing shipments and testing products, the early days of Glow Recipe also taught them invaluable lessons on how to build a successful business and career.
Now, Glow Recipe is one of the hottest brands in skincare, closing 2021 with estimated sales of $100 million and counting celebrities like Lizzo and Lili Reinhart as fans.
Chang and Lee sat down with CNBC Make It and shared their top tips for landing — and winning — your dream job.
“Always think two or three steps ahead”
It’s easy to get caught up in the daily grind of work, but no matter what stage you’re at in your career, you should always have a clear goal of what you want to accomplish, says Lee.
A human resources director at L’Oréal Paris gave Lee this advice early in his career, and he’s followed it ever since: “Always think two or three steps ahead, not just your immediate next step. ”
Once you have a clear vision of what you want your career to look like, start planning what it would take to get there.
“Have an end vision in mind and work towards it,” says Lee. “It helps to break it down into more manageable goals and then plan the small steps to get there.”
Chang can attest to the importance of a support system in pursuing your dreams: his includes Lee and a tight-knit group of other startup co-founders the duo have befriended over the course of their trip.
Although Chang calls herself “very independent” and “sometimes finds it difficult to ask for help”, she quickly learned the importance of having supportive, non-judgmental colleagues and mentors in her corner after starting Glow. Recipe.
“Being able to share your insights, your wins and your failures, and honest conversations about running a business has been an incredible source of mental support,” she says. “It’s okay to ask for help…never do it alone!”
To follow Chang’s advice, reach out to people who have embarked on a similar path to yours or who have your dream job, and ask for their professional advice and guidance on your unique situation.
She adds, “You constantly want to think about how to build a community of people who can support you and who you can help in return.”
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