Disney’s latest live-action film Cruella is creating a lot of buzz as the modern twist proves relatable with audiences. This amusing film explores how Cruella was able to break barriers through sheer determination and courage. This artist and icon became recognized in the fashion industry by having a clear vision of what she wanted in life. Cruella takes audiences through the amazing journey of what it takes to become successful in one’s professional career. Here are just a few lessons drawn from this film that entrepreneurs should always keep in mind for both personal and professional success.

Ambition is Key

Tipper Seifert-Cleveland as Young Cruella
Tipper Seifert-Cleveland as Young Cruella

In spite of being born with an amazing talent, Cruella was able to reach her goals by being ambitious. She always dreamed of becoming a fashion designer and was committed to reach her goals, no matter what challenges were presented throughout her life.

Having ambition as an entrepreneur is having the ability to imagine a better and brighter future. It is a way of maintaining motivation throughout life to constantly improve your personal life and/or your professional careers. Being ambitious can also improve confidence as it increases commitment, courage, and passion. If you define yourself as an ambitious entrepreneur, the key to keep that mindset and momentum is to embrace your imagination, surround yourself with positive and like-minded people, take exciting risks, and work towards your goals.

Learn to Adapt

Emma Stone using sewing machine in Cruella
Emma Stone using sewing machine in Cruella

Nothing lasts forever! If you want to be successful as an entrepreneur, you need to maintain an open mindset and be willing to make appropriate changes for your business. Such changes are crucial to keep updated with consumers’ preferences and tastes.

Learning to adapt is also important for problem solving as it helps you to think out of the box when trying to address specific issues. Cruella, for instance, was orphaned at a young age; however, that didn’t keep her away from achieving her dreams. She learned to survive in a new environment and took any opportunity that helped her come closer to being a fashion designer.

The secret of becoming more adaptable lies in the ability of saying “yes” more often to new opportunities and circumstances. Taking risks and entering new domains can sometimes be scary; however, taking risks could also lead to professional growth and success.

Have a Signature Look

Emma Stone wearing white robe in Cruella
Emma Stone wearing white robe in Cruella

Having a signature look doesn’t necessarily apply to changing your personal look. This could also apply to online profiles as it is important to maintain consistency and professionalism. Following a consistent theme or style could make your brand appear memorable to recruiters.

Be Creative

Emma Stone wearing newspaper dress in Cruella
Emma Stone wearing newspaper dress in Cruella

By being creative and unique, Cruella began to be noticed as an icon in the fashion industry. Her clever appearances and mysterious looks caught the attention of many individuals who later began to admire this artist for her boldness.

Being an entrepreneur means being able to develop and create different products or services for a specific group of people. Being creative and using your imagination is a way of improving an existing product or service to optimize a business. It enables entrepreneurs to think beyond the usual solutions. Creativity is what allows your business to be perceived as unique and competitive to others.

Create a Strategy

Newspaper that reads Cruella! Is She The Future?
Newspaper that reads Cruella! Is She The Future?

Cruella knew that publicity was a must for her in order to be recognized in the fashion industry. She created a strategy to target news publishers that printed the latest gossip about current affairs. The result? Cruella soon began to appear in every newspaper in town highlighting her revolutionary appearances. This gave Cruella a reputation and made the public aware of her work by admiring her cleverness and unique style.

It’s a necessity to build specific business strategies in order to increase the odds of success. Creating a strategy serves as a blueprint to ensure that your work is directed to a specific goal. When creating a strategy it is important to ask yourself the following questions: What is the market? What are my short and long term goals? How is my business different from others? What is the profit model and potential? What type of publicity can my business benefit the most from? These are just a few examples, and of course, the answers may vary over time. However, one must acknowledge that the key elements behind any business is to create achievable goals and strategies.

The journey to success is unique for each individual as we all have different stories and challenges presented in life. However, it is important to learn from life experiences in order to grow personally and professionally. Cruella is the perfect example of how perseverance and commitment pay off in life. It also demonstrates to the audience how thinking outside the box and having a strong mindset is the key to success.

If you have seen this film, what other lessons can entrepreneurs learn from this fictional icon? Let us know in the comments below!

This article originally published on GREY Journal.