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(Video) Dov Charney – The Mind Behind American Apparels Success

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American Apparel
was founded in 1989 by the ‘weird beard’ Canadian Dov Charney, who had a long history with T-shirts and a fascination with American culture. American Apparel is known worldwide and is a leader in the fashion industry, known for their simplicity and style with over 250 stores and growing you could say that the clothing brand is definitely a Success.

Dov Charney is also known for his quirky acts in public and media and has been labeled many a things in the clothing industry, good & bad by his peers. Is there a method behind his madness? Maybe so. Have you ever wondered how American Apparel came to be? I know I have, so here it is!

 

Dov Charney – American Apparel’s Success

 

Dov Charney’s Story:

Dov’s first venture was at age 10, selling rainwater he had collected in mayonnaise jars to his neighbors and moved on to editing his own newspaper at age 11 that he would sell for 20 cents a copy near his school. He was featured in a documentary as a child named 20th Century Chocolate Cake where he discussed the economics of a summer camp he had attended. Dov Charney showed entrepreneurial signs from a very young age with a huge passion for success coupled with motivation and determination to do whatever he could do to make it big in this world!

When Dov hit high school, he started importing Hanes and Fruit of the Loom T-Shirts across the border to Canadian friends and claims to have shipped a total of 10,000 at a time and used a rented U-Haul truck as transportation. Dov enrolled into University and dropped out a few years later to move to South Carolina to pursue his business venture and grow it into something bigger. This is when he decided to transition from importing T-Shirts to manufacturing them himself. Having some financial difficulties here and there, he got through and moved to Los Angeles where he employed 1,300 people and opened his first retail store “American Apparel” in 2003. In 2004 he was named Ernst & Young’s Entrepreneur of the Year and Apparel Magazine’s Man of the Year.

The company was ranked 308th in Inc.’s 2005 list of the 500 fastest growing companies in the United States, with a 440% three-year growth and revenues in 2005 of over US$211 million! Today, American Apparel stores are located in 20 countries and the number of stores continues to grow every year!

Dov Charney is worth US$20 million dollars, being the founder and CEO of “American Apparel”, he is recognized for his progressive company policies, including low-cost healthcare and no outsourcing, his fashion sense, which has received multiple awards, and for the multiple lawsuits for sexual harassment he has received from various employees; none of which have been found to be true.

This story goes to show that having a dream from a young age or any age, coupled with perseverance and a can-do attitude will definitely pay off in the long run!

Article By Charlene Barry | Addicted2Success.com

I am the the Founder of Addicted2Success.com and I am so grateful you're here to be part of this awesome community. I love connecting with people who have a passion for Entrepreneurship, Self Development & Achieving Success. I started this website with the intention of educating and inspiring likeminded people to always strive for success no matter what their circumstances. I'm proud to say through my podcast and through this website we have impacted over 200 million lives in the last 10 years.

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Emile Steenveld Speaker and Coach

Some people seem to naturally know how to effectively communicate in a group setting. They can express themselves clearly and listen attentively without dominating the conversation.

Being a powerful communicator is important for several reasons, including building and maintaining relationships, achieving goals, resolving conflicts, improving productivity, leading and influencing others, advancing in your career, expressing yourself more confidently and authentically, and improving your mental and emotional well-being. Effective communication is an essential life skill that can benefit you in all aspects of your life.

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2. Use “I” statements: Speak from your own perspective and avoid placing blame or making accusations.

 

3. Avoid assumptions: Don’t make assumptions about what the other person is thinking or feeling.

 

4. Be clear: Express your thoughts and feelings clearly and concisely by getting to the point and avoid using jargon or overly complex language.

 

5. Show empathy: Show that you understand and care about the other person’s feelings.

 

6. Offer valuable insights: When speaking in a group, provide a valuable takeaway or actionable item that people can walk away with.

 

7. Be an active listener: Listen attentively and respond accordingly, incorporating your points into the conversation.

 

8. Choose the right time: Pick the most opportune time to speak to ensure that you have the group’s attention and can deliver your message without interruption.

 

9. Be the unifying voice: Step in and unify the group’s thoughts to calm down the discussion and insert your point effectively.

 

10. Keep responses concise: Keep responses short and to the point to show respect for others’ time.

 

11. Avoid unnecessary comments: Avoid commenting on everything and only speak when you have something important to say.

 

12. Cut the fluff: Avoid being long-winded and get straight to the point.

 

13. Prepare ahead of time: Sort out your points and practice them before speaking in a group.

 

14. Smile and be positive: Smile and nod along as others speak, to build a positive relationship and be respected when it’s your turn to speak.

 

15. Take responsibility: Take responsibility for your own actions and feelings.

 

16. Ask questions: Ask questions to clarify any confusion or misunderstandings.

 

17. Avoid interrupting: Allow the other person to finish speaking without interruption.

 

18. Practice active listening: Repeat what the other person said to ensure you have understood correctly.

 

19. Use your body language too: Use nonverbal cues such as eye contact, facial expressions, and body language to convey your message and build rapport.

 

20. Be aware of the tone of your voice: it should be calm and assertive, not aggressive or passive.

 

By keeping these tips in mind, you can improve your communication skills and become a more powerful communicator, which can help you build better relationships, achieve your goals, and lead a more fulfilling life.

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