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20 Powerful Ralph Lauren Quotes That Will “Style” Your Life

20 Powerful Ralph Lauren Quotes That Will “Style” Your Life

We often hear fables of rags to riches. But here, we have a gem of a creator who fought obstacles and became one of the most stylish men on Earth. Yes, ladies and gentlemen, we present to you the iconic Ralph Lauren, whose work has inspired years and years of fashion. For someone with a high school diploma and only the power of a few dreams, the climb has been tough. So we have brought to you the most inspirational quotes by Ralph Lauren (a college dropout no less) that can give you that push you’ve been looking for. Remember, start small.

1. “I never went to fashion school. I didn’t know what a designer was. I knew I had something, but I didn’t know what it was. And it could just have easily been nothing.”

Lauren goes on about the importance of dreaming and using that dream to influence your work.

2. “People ask how can a Jewish kid from the Bronx do preppy clothes? Does it have to do with class and money? It has to do with dreams.”

And, like most of us, lots of inspiration for our dreams came from the silver screen.

3. “I was very influenced by movies; I was very influenced by a world that had a sense of dream.”

One of the most important things is to value the work that you do.

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4. “The clothes that I design and everything I’ve done is about life and how people live and how they want to live and how they dream they’ll live. That’s what I do.”

Even Kanye has appreciated and praised the dedication of Lauren.

5. “If I were to cater to Kanye, he would know that I’m catering to him. The fact that I make what I make—he gets it. He gets the quality and he respects it. And I think that’s the key, why I work all the time is to do that. That’s the fun.”

Even if it is a tiny stroke of brush, your principles should drive you. It’s about the bigger picture.

6. “I don’t design clothes, I design dreams.”

Ralph Lauren believes in consistency. You must be consistent in your ideals; that will shine through everything you do.

7. “Style is very personal. It has nothing to do with fashion. Fashion is over quickly. Style is forever.”

Style is sustainable and unique. It does not change like the fickle-minded catwalks every year.

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8. “[It’s] not one thing this year, one thing another year.”

Where we think of changing our outfits every single day, Ralph Lauren was not above repeating designs.

9. “I’ve always done the style that I loved, so I didn’t mind sending an old pair of jeans down the runway.”

The pioneer in making style everlasting has a great tip on having a distinct and fresh personal style. And even better, how to cultivate it.

10. “Taste and style is beyond clothes. It’s in food; it’s in quality. Working out, healthy bodies, organic food—they’re all part of the same thing.”

Look inside yourself for that daily stylespiration and not at Pinterest. Ralph Lauren is here to help you.

11. “Fashion is not necessarily about labels. It’s not about brands. It’s about something else that comes from within you.”

So style is an intrinsic part of you. It is about how you carry yourself and your esteem. It does not come only through clothes.

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12. “Personal style is about having a sense of yourself and what you believe in every day.”

Though he started working with men’s fashion, he is insightful about how women should style themselves.

13. “It’s the kind of clothes that mothers and daughters can wear, in terms of concept … It’s not about age. It’s about taste, and it’s about lifestyle. I believe women of all ages can wear anything.”

Well, that is your green light for androgynous fashion.

14. “I started in the men’s business, so I always sort of have a touch of menswear in terms of where I’m going, … And I think one of the sexiest looks for women, instead of wearing a low cut thing, sometimes a man’s suit is more.”

Being humble is the best you can be, but also believe that you can make something extraordinary.

15. “You have to create something from nothing.”

Remember the words of discouragement from your past and  turn them into compliments.

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16. “He said, ‘The world isn’t ready for Ralph Lauren.’ I never forgot that because…I thought that was a compliment.”

You have to not only have passion but also the hunger to excel in whatever you choose to do.

17. “Knowledge is not a passion from without the mind, but an active exertion of the inward strength, vigor and power of the mind, displaying itself from within.”

And lastly, Ralph Lauren asks to be able to live life in the best way possible, since,

18. “The world is open to us, and each day is an occasion to reinvent ourselves.”

Cameras can preserve our memories. And libraries collect them. Make your life an emblem of both.

19. “My eyes are on my life. They are my private camera. I extend all the experience from my private life into my work, because living is my library.”

Remember, it is all in the effort of living and recording a life that makes little and big changes. In style, living, and loving.

20. “It’s about living the best life you can and enjoying the fullness of the life around you—from what you wear, to the way you live, to the way you love.”

Ralph Lauren was a school dropout and worked as a salesman of ties. With such humble beginnings and such eventual success, what is stopping us from having the motivation to make something beautiful out of our lives?

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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