Be a Launchpad

Written by David HieattWriting

Don’t get in the way of someone’s dream.

It is never easy to see amazing people leave you. But, it is also your job to help amazing people leave you.

This post is about Lian.

This week she drove to London with a suitcase but no job to go to.

And I didn’t try to stop her.

I knew she wasn’t done with London. She had a taste of working in the fashion world when she worked for Victoria Beckham.

And that sense of unfinished business can eat away at you if you don’t listen to it.

She has a rare combination of creativity, a great eye and is super organised. She is a remarkable art director.

And her energy is special. The entire factory shed a secret tear when she left.

I can see her working for Burberry, or at LVMH or at Kering over in Paris or at Jacquemus.

My only advice for her was to wait for the right job, be picky.

Because she will shine at the best fashion brands, she truly has it all.

When you hire people, they give you their time. A small portion of their life.

They give you time they will never get back. How lucky we are.

Be happy for them. They leave you to chase their dreams.

If they miss you, you did good.

If you miss them, they did good.

Written by
David Hieatt
Co-Founder of The DO Lectures and Hiut Denim
David Hieatt has built brands from nothing with next to nothing, just by understanding a few basic rules of how to sell his story. One sentence at a time. Bankrupt at 16 and thrown out of college at 18. He joined Saatchi and Saatchi at 21. Had a ball. But after a decade or so, he left advertising to go back to Wales and build his own brands. He started howies in 1995. Sold it to Timberland. Left. Started The DO Lectures, which was voted one of ...

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