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Fashion shop dreamer turned into a fashion shop CEO. How did she do it?

Updated on September 6, 2012
Can you keep the candle burning? Can you keep your dream alive till you get there?
Can you keep the candle burning? Can you keep your dream alive till you get there?

If you think the degree you get in school will always bring your dream career, just wait a minute. I have something interesting to tell you. The reality is, it isn’t always the case. Your degree may be the starting point to your future career. But your dream is what’s going to take you all the way to where you want to go and who you want to be. Dreams are powerful convictions that give one purpose in doing something. A person without a life goal is a living dead person. He or she is like a ship sailing without navigational equipments. A ship in such condition is highly likely to run into disasters.

Very similar principle applies to human being. In this short story, the author tells the story of a young girl who followed her dream all the way to college and worked hard to see her dream come true. The real name of the girl has been concealed to cover her identity as she wished. In her own words, Lyd Tar, shares her inspirational story with us. Enjoy.

After first term had elapsed from my year twelve in Bugandi Secondary School in Lae in 2009, it was time to officially decide what degree I wanted and which college I wanted to earn that degree. But even as I weighed the virtues of psychology and natural communications, I was thinking one layer above the degree. What did I want to do the rest of my life?

I wanted a degree, for sure. But what would I do then? I wanted deeper contentment out of life. I wanted to love every moment of whatever I did for living.

So I got into thinking: What made me happy? What did I enjoy most?

Ever since a child. I’d love fashion shops. I loved the glamorous cloths, mellow music and the hours spent talking and loving life with my friends. In high school, I knew all the local fashions shops and not to forget all the seconds hand clothing shops around Port Moresby and Lae. I knew good atmosphere and I knew what good fashion is all about-and I love them both.

An idea began forming in my head, an idea that brought smile to my face even as I declared a degree majoring in communications at the University of Papua New Guinea. I wanted to own a fashion shop of my own. The kind of place where I’d love to spend time, and where others would want to spend time too.

My exam came and I was offered a placing in University of Papua New Guinea where I majored in communications. In my first and second year, I collected ideas and clipped them to a bulletin board in my heard-this kind of cloths, that kind of counter. It was all steal a dream, but it was becoming more detailed, more vivid.

My third year finally came and I was more determined to put my dream to test. Christmas holiday saw me combing the whole of Port Moresby, visiting every fashion shops like I always do. But this time more as in business than inpleasure.

Christmas soon ended and I packed and headed back to school. It was the year to figure out the next steps. Where did I go from here? My fashion shop idea still burned in my mind, but I wasn’t sure what to do.

I had to do something. I needed some to work in a fashion shop to have a feel of the business. I went around asking for part time weekend jobs. I was lucky enough to land a job with a popular fashion shop located in the first floor in Vision City. Vision City is the only biggest shopping mall in Papua New Guinea, located in Port Moresby, the capital city of Papua New Guinea.

It has been almost half a year since I joined that fashion shop. I have learnt the ins and outs of business-inventory, cash registers, and all those details-with blessing of my boss, who knew I wanted to start my own place.

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Getting a business loan was tricky – I was only 23 with no collateral but my parents who always believe in me got a loan in their name, and I found myself a good location in Vision City. I couldn’t believe my dream has come true. My mum runs the place currently. As soon as I graduate next year, I will take over the whole management. From a student to CEO of my dream company is a dream come true.

Hope you enjoyed my story. I have more to share and will do so as I achieve each major goal and overcome them.

Note: The story teller decided to remain covered so her wish was granted. In time I will be able to bring out a full review of her business.

If you have learn something from this inspirational story, share with your friends or book it and come back to it when you need a boaster to keep you going another mile.


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    • Ian Dabasori Hetr profile image

      Ian D Hetri 5 years ago from Papua New Guinea

      This is like from rags to riches as Dr. Myles Munroe puts in his inspirational talks. This hub has a unique story to tell.