On Tuesday evening, myself and one of my closest friends Lizzie, went to The Hoxton in Shoreditch to meet non other than the very inspirational Niomi Smart for the first part of the #GirlBoss series; a series of evenings where inspirational women will talk about their business, their ambitions and how they got to become successful and well known within their industry.
I myself have watched Niomi Smart on YouTube for a while now, very much inspired by her love of fitness and health, as well as in awe of her style and presence. She comes across as a strong woman, someone who knows what they want in life and will work hard to get to that place. Though I have to admit, I didn’t previously watch her videos or read her blog for female empowerment or inspiration for becoming a business woman, but more so because her love of fitness, her charity work and living a very clean lifestyle, as these are things I am also very passionate about. However, after Tuesdays talk I have gained a lot more respect for the woman and feel as though she has much more depth about her than the protein ball blog posts she writes or the nicey-nice girl she comes across as on her videos. I have a new found respect for her, and will absolutely think of her when in doubt of myself and my ability to achieve my goals.
So, what did I learn from Niomi Smart?
- Ask Questions Niomi reminded us that no question is silly and when you’re trying to succeed, you need all the help you can get from everyone available. I’m a terrible example of someone that stays silent when in doubt; I worry what people may think if I’m asking questions with very obvious answers. But Niomi is right, we must ask these questions to get the answers, to get the help, the support and the knowledge to succeed. It shouldn’t be something we’re embarrassed about, because, quote from Niomi, “You’ll be the one laughing when your hugely successful”! Very, very true!
- Stay grounded even when your hugely successful Niomi appeared to be very grounded and down to earth, and I liked that a lot. Having not met any of my favourite YouTubers before, I have always wondered if they’d disappoint me because they may be completely arrogant and full of themselves, fame may have got to their head and all that. But no, I was pleasantly surprised. Niomi seems ‘normal’ and I admire her for that.
- Be Consistent This was hugely relevant to me regarding my blog and my YouTube channel, as I always worry that if no one is reading or watching my content, then what’s the point! However, Niomi kept reiterating that no matter the statistics, consistency will always win because the more content out there, the more chance you’re going to boost those numbers and get the exposure you want. So I am absolutely going to commit to my weekly posts and vlogs now!! Bring. It. On!
- Be Authentic Once again, this is something that I thought was very relevant to my blog and YouTube channel. Niomi begun with a blog that predomantly focused on fashion, which she loved and still does, but over time she expanded it to a lifestyle blog so that she can also discuss her other loves: health, fitness, wellness and travel. But she never discusses her personal life (that’s obviously very different to me over here!) and she would never work with a company that she didn’t like or didn’t believe in, and it comes across because every collaboration seems genuine. So, I definitely need to remember to only accept products or collaborations that are absolutely 100% me!
Thank you for reading this you lovely lot, I hope you feel a little more inspired to follow your dreams and achieve your goals! You can do this!! Also, I will be uploading the vlog over on my YouTube channel on Monday at 6pm from this day out, so remember to subscribe to my channel to never miss a video!
If anyone reading this is interested in attending the next GirlBoss talk, and I think you should because the first one was brilliant, here is the website for more details: https://hoxtown.com/events/girlboss-series , also if you fancy checking out Niomi’s blog or YouTube channel, here are the links: