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Whether it’s regarding quality, quantity, or something else, everyone wants to maximize the benefits of their purchases. To help strivers do so in the footwear arena, here are five tips for maintaining a healthy collection and financial budget:
1. No duplicates
Unless you are buying multiple colors of cute, comfortable, and versatile ones like from Joan and David’s luxe series for seventy-five percent off, stick with one of each pair. The logic: with the unlimited supply of new styles there is plenty to buy that are unique enough to have you wearing them a long time and never missing out when you want more.
2. You must see everything
There is no point to having something if you cannot easily spot it. That means see through containers are necessary—or at least have labels on each shoe box with the model, style, and color. You may do this as easily as through affixed post-its, but be sure your writing is bold enough to read and also that all of the shoes are easily accessible.
3. Venture into Repair Land
There was a time well after the dinosaur age when we had an instinctive response to fix things rather than buy anew. With the economic downturn and environmental concerns, reverting back to the shoe maker is becoming more attractive—and is a great way to rescue favorites. Just choose a merchant wisely and consider even testing a sample first.
4. For every one in, take one out
Many people stuff their closets with an unhealthy amount of footwear. So unless you have realistic sparing room—as in all are neatly in boxes or at least are in separate spaces, then for every new purchase give one away. Note: making space for new items by taking over your spouse’s closet is not an exemption to disposal.
5. Know your market
Chances are you never need another pair, but when you do likely get one, be smart. This means invest in line with both your budget and the occasion for use. Staying with Joan and David’s as an example, only purchase them if you a) will still have enough spending and savings money, b) will get multi-use from them and c) you absolutely demand them.
Want more? Explore these relevant links: eHow’s How to Prolong the Life of Your Shoes (and be sure to scroll down for more parts to the series), About’s How Do You Organize Your Shoes? and HGTV’s Organization Tips.
Also, what strategies work best for controlling your shoe collection? Help the community by sharing your ways below.
As promised, I am now posting the audio of experience and insight from leader Jim Fraser, a former president of Levi Strauss and Company, a top 25 realtor, and a councilman. His advice for young strivers is at 3:58, but the entire interview is filled with experience and insight. At under five minutes long, you have so little time to lose from listening and SO much to gain. Plus, this is my first dab into audio editing so feedback is extra appreciated. And if you do feel inspired by Jim, be sure to leave a comment–thank you’s to him for his time and generosity with his expertise are especially welcome.
On Saturday morning I met with Jim Fraser, a former president of Levi Strauss and Company, a top 25 realtor, and a councilman. The audio will be posted very soon, but below is a summation so that you can hit the ground running with five lessons that make him successful.
1) Be an Energy Giver, Not Taker
Fraser says he believes energy plays a big role in success, and he hypothesizes that there are two types of people: givers and takers. The takers suck your energy by dragging you down with negativity. So what you want to be, Fraser says, is a giver, which is a person who exudes positivity. If you have ever been told you brighten up someone’s day, you are probably already a giver… keep it up! But people who have never earned that compliment should try and become more happy and hopeful. This way you will both emanate attractive energy and cherish more of your own worth.
2) Get In and Go Vertical
Fraser also says he believes strivers must earn a position in the company leading your field. The idea here is that you want to be around the innovators and industry-setters, not the followers. This is because your objective is to learn from the best—to become the best. And starting at the bottom is actually a common pathway to success because it ensures that you hone your understanding and skills of what is required to excel at each step of the ladder—to most effectively direct it.
3) Work Hard
It sounds so cliché but Fraser also emphasis hard work as necessary for achieving potentials. In Fraser’s case he is military trained which certainly helped gain that ethic, but with motivation anyone can coach themselves into healthy work habits. Such was the case after his service time when he was earning his business degree at University of Southern California while becoming a top fashion district salesman. His continuous commitment to work secured him a job at Levi’s. Once there, that same dedication then led him to become the President of the Asia Pacific Division.
4) Opportunity, Not Failure
Everybody has experienced a setback, but instead of letting rejection tarnish your confidence you must remember that striving is breaking barriers but when barriers are not breakable there is still opportunity. Therefore, when you do not reach your anticipated destination ensure that you maintain your work ethic and positive attitude. This way you will continue to radiate alluring energy to help you latch onto the leaders of your field who can teach you the ropes. This is what Fraser did after being rejected from a real estate company (which he applied for as a new licensed agent after a brief time as a retiree from Levi’s). And this rejection led Fraser to a new agency where he grew so successful as a realtor that the firm who previously denied him employment then offered him that dream job.
5) Follow a Route, but Take Unexpected Turns
The last point strivers should remember is that having goals is important, but you must always be flexible. This lesson also comes from Fraser’s own life, but I have seen it happen time and time again. In Fraser’s case he wanted to be on the Planning Commission, but was instead offered a spot at the Parks and Open Spaces Department. Though it was not his planned route to helping his community, Parks and Open Spaces led him to an environment that he grew with and that watched his strides as well. Members came to believe so strongly in Fraser that they suggested he run for councilman, and from following this unexpected turn he secured a seat with the town of Tiburon in November where his success is again going to shine.
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