Tracy Nicole is a designer, author, entrepreneur, activist, mother and a breast cancer survivor. With more than a decade of experience in the fashion industry, she has achieved national recognition while successfully maintaining a uniquely expressive brand. Known for her timeless, versatile pieces, she has created items over the years for an extensive clientele, including Rozonda “Chilli” Thomas, Keshia Knight Pulliam, Terri J. Vaughn, Jasmine Guy and Mary Mary. Nicole spoke with rolling out about her success habits and the importance of seasoned women reaching back to the next generation.
As a Black woman, what do you consider your superpower to be?
My superpower is being brave and unafraid to conquer anything.
What key skills or qualities make you unique as an African American female leader?
I don’t let any kind of assumptions hold me back. I don’t think there’s something I can’t do because I’m an African American woman. I move forward with any idea I have. I don’t think any idea is crazy. I know that it only takes for me to believe I can do something in order to make it happen.
What thoughtful or encouraging piece of advice would you give to your younger self?
I would tell my younger self [to] keep pushing even when fear is near, and everything will turn out better.
Why is it important for women of color to lead or work in decision-making capacities?
It’s important to show our younger African American girls that it’s possible. Being in leadership positions and roles will open up more opportunities, and we have to create those.
Why is it important for experienced Black women to reach back and help younger women of color?
I think it’s one of those things that you get out of life what you put in[to] it. Being that example for me is not only a blessing but it’s [also] a duty. I call it paying it forward because someone had to inspire me, help me or give me an opportunity to make steps and strides to where I am. I feel like how could I not do that for the next person.
What are three success habits you implement into your daily routine to maintain your success, sanity and peace of mind?
I start every day focusing on what I’m grateful for. I even have my staff write down one thing they’re grateful for when they walk into the office. I think that energy alone dictates the rest of the day. I set goals I want to accomplish for the day, and I have a little pad. I always listen to something motivational, something that feeds my mind every single day — instead of turning on the radio [or] getting on social media.