Secrets of the young millionaires

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  • What does it take to become a millionaire by the age of 30? Marie Claire finds out by speaking to three of the country's most successful self-made women

    Want to join the ranks of the self-made millionaires? Three of the country’s most successful female entrepreneurs share their secrets.

    Holly Tucker, 33, co-founded the retail website with her friend and former colleague Sophie Cornish.

    Enjoy your work
    ‘Sitting on my desk is a wooden sign that reads ‘Success is a journey, not a destination’ and it’s something I look at every single day. It reminds me to enjoy what I am doing – if I’m not having fun with my work then there’s no point.’

    Be brave
    ‘When people ask me for tips, I say, ‘Ask yourself what you would do if you knew you couldn’t fail.’ Often people are held back by thoughts of what could go wrong. If you act as though nothing can go wrong, you’ll probably be pleasantly surprised.’

    Accept support
    ‘Ensure that there’s a network of people behind you. I couldn’t do my job without my husband’s support.’

    Inspire and Mentor

    Kelly Hoppen, 50, was awarded an MBE in 2009 for her services to interior design. She is founder of organic clothing range Earth Couture.

    Know no boundaries
    ‘I was 30 when my bank balance reached the £1million mark. I remember looking at my bank statement and instead of feeling that I’d made it, I felt I could do more. Nothing is too big, and nothing is big enough.’

    Network, network, network
    ‘Meet as many people as possible, and when you do, ask yourself: ‘What can we do together?’ It’s through meeting people that ideas develop and grow.’

    Use your imagination
    ‘Visualise where you want to be every day and imagine what your life will be like when you get to that point. Every week I say to myself, ‘This week I want this or that to happen’ and I visualise it in my mind as if it were reality.’

    Inspire and Mentor

    Caroline Marsh, 34, is a member of property investment franchise, Platinum Property Partners. She moved from Zambia to the UK in 2002.

    Be positive
    ‘Use specific tools to increase your positivity. In my bedroom I have a vision board that features pictures and words about where I want to be in my life and I look at it every day. It reminds me of what I’m trying to achieve.’

    Believe in yourself
    ‘Learn to consider yourself unstoppable. I started out selling vegetables to help my mother support our family. Now I own a multi-million-pound property portfolio.’

    Don’t fear failure
    ‘Ultimately I believe I am driven by thoughts of how my own success will help other people – sharing your skills could ultimately change someone else’s life.’


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