Heidi Klum's Top Five Rules for Succeeding in Business

Heidi Klum - December 2008 InStyle Cover - Celebrity Exclusives
Photo: Robert Erdmann

Heidi Klum's Top Five Rules for Succeeding in Business

01 of 05

You Have to Have a Goal

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Robert Erdmann

"Some people have not figured out what it is they want to do. That's the main problem. When I knew I wanted to be a model, I wanted to be a good model. First you have to have to have your goal."

02 of 05

Learn About What You Want to Do

Heidi Klum - December 2008 InStyle Cover - Celebrity Exclusives
Robert Erdmann

"In my business, it would be like knowing what photographers, what stylists, what magazines, amp#91;are in the industryamp#93; and being in shape for it. If you want to be a chef for example, then you have to know what are the best knives, what are the best pots and pans, what kind of food do you want to cook! What do you love to eat? Do you want to do Japanese, Italian, Chinese?"

03 of 05

Work on Your Confidence

Heidi Klum - December 2008 InStyle Cover - Celebrity Exclusives
Robert Erdmann

"I think you have to just look at things positively. If you're scared, don't show it. Maybe it's cute when people are on stage and say they're nervous, but it's not so cute when you go into a business meeting. You have to look in people's eyes and you have to just say, 'this is what I like to do and this is why I'm here and I believe I'm good at what I do.'"

04 of 05

Be Open to Learning New Things

Heidi Klum - December 2008 InStyle Cover - Celebrity Exclusives
Robert Erdmann

"It's not good to think you know it all-I don't think that's cool or smart. I think there's always more things that people teach you. Be confident and open to incorporating certain suggestions!"

05 of 05

Don't Take No for an Answer

Heidi Klum - December 2008 InStyle Cover - Celebrity Exclusives
Robert Erdmann

"Be tenacious and don't give up. How do other people do it? I think a lot of things happen because someone knows someone, but there are other people amp#91;who succeedamp#93; because of their talent and because they don't give up. Otherwise I wouldn't be here. I know from people I work with, that people say 'I want to have Heidi's career,' and my friends are like, 'but she also works very hard.' It's the truth! It's not as if I sit back and watch things fly onto my plate. I went for a lot of the things. It doesn't happen by waiting for things to happen because there are other people who are hungry. The early bird catches a worm."

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