On Teaching Fashion: Never Miss an Opportunity to Be Fabulous

One of my favorite sources for teaching inspiration is Tina Seelig’s “top ten” list titled “What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20.”  Dr. Seelig originally wrote her list of tips for her son when he was graduating from high school, and then she further polished it and refined it for use with her college students.  As an instructor, I try to use tips from Dr. Seelig’s list at least once every semester, and especially in time for graduation. 

The tips below are useful for students of all ages and stages in life, and are especially helpful in classes with group projects and elements of entrepreneurship.  

1) Every problem is an opportunity for a creative solution.

2) The harder you work, the luckier you get.

3) Find the intersection between your interests, your skills, and the market.

4) Try lots of things and keep what works.

5) You don’t have to wait to be anointed.

6) Don’t burn bridges.

7) You can do it all, just not all at the same time.

8 ) It’s the little things that matter most.

9) When you are a team, the key is making everybody else successful.

10) Never miss an opportunity to be fabulous. 

A full 40-minute lecture is available online, in video and audio-only formats (search for “Tina Seelig” when you get to Stanford University’s Entrepreneurship Corner), and a book, What I Wish I Knew When I Was 20: A Crash Course on Making Your Place in the World has recently been released. 



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  • Heather Vaughan May 22, 2009 10.30 am

    Lauren – what a perfectly timed piece! Thanks so much for sharing the tips.


  • Lyndsay Cabildo May 23, 2009 02.13 am

    Yeah, the last one is the only saying that will work for me! eheheh 😀 HIt and miss for others though…but yeah, everything makes sense.

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