We will have opportunities to meet many different people and personalities in life. Therefore, it is difficult to avoid being influenced by someone. For the fashion industry, this could be where you work or even the fashion designer or creative director. However, this will cause a significant disadvantage if we lose ourselves and become a "copy" of someone else.
ALWAYS BE HONEST WITH YOURSELF
Whenever we feel that we are not being ourselves, we need to address it immediately. Sometimes, acknowledging that we are being influenced by someone else is not wrong, but it is important that we are honest with ourselves and try to free ourselves from their "shadow". If we tend to ignore or neglect even small things, we may gradually become a "copy" without being aware of it.
DEVELOP YOUR INDIVIDUAL CAPABILITIES
To avoid becoming a "copy", you need to find your personal identity. We need to constantly improve our capabilities to identify our strengths and maximize them. Each individual has their own strengths and weaknesses, being aware of this will help us become more confident in ourselves.
MAINTAIN INDEPENDENCE IN THINKING
Having a boss or someone to admire is not wrong, but being too influenced by them will limit our ability to think independently. In the fashion industry, independent thinking comes from small things such as personal style, illustration style, design, material usage, graphic design and image...
DO NOT STRIVE TO PLEASE EVERYONE
In life, we must accept that we are not perfect, which means we cannot please everyone. Even if we strive for "perfection" to be recognized, there will always be a reason why someone dislikes us (haters gonna hate). Learn to appreciate and find the value in yourself and turn your weaknesses into strengths.
EVERY INDIVIDUAL IS UNIQUE
Each person comes from different backgrounds and has their own developmental orientation. We can learn from others, but we shouldn't follow things that may not be suitable for ourselves. Understanding yourself is a long journey and cannot be rushed. We do not need to be like someone else to become perfect.
"No matter how ordinary you are, you are still unique and no one can replace you".