Unlikely Teachers: 7 Lessons from Kim Kardashian West
Love them or hate them, you can't deny that thanks to Kris Jenner, the Kardashian clan, specifically Kim Kardashian has built an empire from a sex tape. Kimberly Kardashian West took her 15 minutes of fame, or shame depending upon how you look at it and capitalized in a way no one did before or has done since. Granted, the family had the reality show before the tape came out (unless I'm remembering wrong) and her father being OJ's lawyer helped, but none of that ensured fame or staying power. And boy oh boy, has Kim stuck. I mean, this woman went from being Paris Hilton's assistant, to covering Vogue, marrying Kanye, and captivating the tech world amongst so many other things. Politics and some appropriation issues aside, there are lessons to be learned from Kim Kardashian and the whole Kardashian/Jenner clan about capitalizing on your moment, working hard, and staying relevant - even if that means reinventing yourself.
7. DON'T BE AFRIAD TO REINVENT YOURSELF
Kim Kardashian has been/is a reality star, business woman, model, mother, and wife. It's safe to say that she has worn and wears many hats. I personally think she switches them to fit her fancy. What did Kim know about the tech world before Kim Kardashian Hollywood? Probably not that much, but she learned and made $45 million dollars off that game. I know I played.
6. PAY ATTENTION TO DETAIL
Kim, really all of the Kardashians have OCD. From the looks of their reality show, their homes are always impeccable and no detail is missed. This is important - especially in business. Kim approves every look for her game and website. Details matter and in life and business, paying attention to them is a major key.
5. ALWAYS FOLLOW THROUGH
This one I got from Kris. She freaks out anytime anyone in her family is late and never lets her kids back out of an engagement. Do the things you say you're going to do because "if you don't no one will ever hire you again." Following through is how you build and keep your credibility. And, we all know credibility matters.
4. A LITTLE SHOCK EVERY NOW AND THEN ISN'T A BAD THING
Kim has never actually broken the internet because well, it isn't breakable, but she's no stranger to shock value. She knows how to get our attention and uses this power to capitalize. We don't have to like her, but we're for sure going to hear about whatever it was that she did. People don't have to like you as long as they KNOW you. If people KNOW you, you can use that.
3. ANYTHING, WELL NOT REALLY ANYTHING, BUT A LOT OF THINGS CAN BE MADE INTO A BUSINESS OR PROFITS.
A selfie book? A cookbook? Kim is a master at taking the things we laugh at or make fun of her for (i.e. her selfie obsession and "Soul Food Sundays") and laughing all the way to the bank. What do people know you for? Whether it's positive or laughable, how can you use it? How can you turn a so called weakness into a strength? Into something useful for you?
2. IN LIFE AND IN BUSINESS, ALWAYS OWN UP TO WHO YOU ARE + WHAT YOU'VE DONE
Depending upon who you ask, the Kardashians/Jenners don't have the best reputation and they go through/do a lot of crap. But, they pretty much always own up to it. Kylie, God bless her, owned up to getting her lips filled. Honesty, or in this case, being comfortable enough in your own skin to walk around in it proudly is important.
1. FAMILY ALWAYS COMES FIRST
No matter what is going on in their world, the Kardashians are a ride or die family. They stick by each other and always put family before business. If that's not admirable, I'm not sure what is.
Apply these lessons and maybe one day you too can have it all, might want to skip the sex tape part though, unless that's your style of course.
P.S. Kim also teaches us to never settle in love and that you can never go wrong in a monochrome look.