Creative Director, Producer and Founder of lifestyle webzine Discover Out Loud, Ariane Tavakol talks about the many people who have inspired her over the course of her career, as well her interest in spiritual gain over material gain.
How do you define success and how do you measure up to your own definition of it?
What I’ve learned so far is that time changes things. As you get older you acquire different experiences and learn to see things differently. Society has set so many standards and has such an influence on you that you feel obliged to accomplish certain things by a specific age, like getting a good paying job, getting married etc. But, what I’ve come to realise is that life is not a straight line. The universe has its own plan for you. Of course, it’s nice to have lots of zeros in your bank account and a big house and all that. But, to me, success is leading a fulfilling life. Once that is in place, the rest will follow.
Having love in your life, having meaningful relationships that are long lasting- these are the things that matter. Learning something new every day, having an impact- it doesn’t matter if it’s on one person or many, just as long as you touch someone’s life. Success is anything that keeps the fire going: waking up with a purpose, conquering your fears. Maybe what I’m doing today won’t work tomorrow, but maybe it will. The important thing is to keep on going; we only have one life and we have to make the most of it.
At the end of the day, success means something different to each person. In big cities, most people tend to equate success with financial gain and status. But it is often the case that people who have those things are not truly fulfilled nor happy. I am more interested in spiritual gain. Of course, I enjoy luxury, but I wouldn’t have it at any cost. And one last thing I’d like to say is that, whatever you do in life, it’s important to have fun while doing it.
Does your job involve travelling or meeting people from all over the world?
Yes, it does. Having lived in so many different places like Paris, LA and New York, I got to broaden my horizons and expand my network. And now, thanks to my webzine, I get to travel a lot and discover new amazing hotels, restaurants and chefs. I also get to meet people from all walks of life, especially through my interviews. It has really been an endless ride of discovery.
From all the people that you’ve met, who has had the greatest impact on you? What was your most memorable encounter?
It’s hard to say. I’ve met so many inspiring people over the years. I generally enjoy interviewing people who have made it in their field. There’s a touch of humility in them and they could not care less about what other people think of them.
I recently interviewed Nigel Barker, an amazing photographer who has his own hit TV show in the states called Top Photographer. Talking with him was so eye-opening; he made me think of social media, models and beauty in a new way. But I’ve also had so many other inspiring encounters with the likes of Jean-Claude Biver- the CEO of TAG Heuer, Donna Rossi- TV journalist and Emmy award winner, Fritz Erni- Director of the best four-star hotel in Switzerland, Art Deco Montana. So I can’t really say that one person has inspired me more than others, they were all inspiring because of their ideas, their philosophy and the life they have led.
One of the people who has inspired me a great deal is a dear friend who also writes for my blog. Her name is Candice and she is the founder of “A Whole and Happy Life”. She completely changed her life around. She left her career in the fashion industry to focus on health and coaching others. Changing your entire life around is not easy and it requires extreme courage to leave your comfort zone behind. It’s one thing to try to keep up success once you have it and another to suddenly change your life and start over.
So to answer your question, everyone I met has had an impact on me. Everyone has a story to tell.