Not one but two successful beauty brands. Countless celebrity fans. Award-winning makeup and skincare products. Since Maria Hatzistefanis launched Rodial back in 1999, her company has gone from strength to strength – so publishing a book entitled How To Be An Overnight Success? “I always turn to stories of strong, successful women and I am inspired by their journeys, so I would like to try to inspire you too – show you the way and share with you how I overcame obstacles and challenges,” explains Hatzistefanis.

She’s achieved many things – but overnight success? No – it’s taken 18 years. As Hatzistefanis explains over the course of How To Be An Overnight Successit’s taken hard work, determination and a lot of grit and self-belief. “Fasten your seatbelt and enjoy the journey” suggests the beauty entrepreneur in her book’s introduction. And as she tells her stories and dispenses advice on everything from the work-life balance, hiring staff and taking risks to Instagram, collaborations and creating a personal brand, it sounds like Hatzistefanis has become the consummate traveller. Instant #inspo guaranteed.

Success means…

Being able to achieve the ‘here and now goals’, and setting new ones for the future. Being able to look back and see how you have succeeded is very fulfilling. I look back at when I first created Rodial and I realise how far I have come, but I still have so far to go!

Motivation for me is all about…

Waking up every day focused to achieve the impossible!

Success means…

Being able to achieve the ‘here and now goals’, and setting new ones for the future. Being able to look back and see how you have succeeded is very fulfilling. I look back at when I first created Rodial and I realise how far I have come, but I still have so far to go!

I couldn’t have got there without…

People. Whether that be my family, or my team or my customers. Without people to inspire you, motivate you or help you can’t get anywhere.

I always start my day with…

An espresso and normally an exercise class. I like to wake up early and get a jump start on the day while everyone is still sleeping. I also like to meditate in the morning, I use the app Headspace which helps to relax my find for the day ahead.

When I don’t feel inspired I…

Check Instagram. I get so much inspiration from Instagram and it is my go-to for new ideas. I am really inspired by fashion so checking out fashion bloggers always gets me feeling creative. I also check out any questions that my account @mrsrodial has received, I like to answer everyone and read feedback, which is really inspiring.

The landscape for women in business today looks like…

A world of opportunity. I feel that in this day and age, women are out there being leaders in business – there is nothing we can’t do.

The trait I most deplore in others is…

Laziness. I always surround myself with people that are ambitious and go the extra mile, so I cannot stand people that just do the bare minimum and can’t be bothered to work hard.

I’d like to be remembered for…

Empowering women through my journey of creating Rodial and NIP+FAB and through my book How to be an Overnight Success.

What makes me happiest is…

Watching Rodial grow and establishing new achievements from new counters, new bestselling products, more celebrity fans. I put so much work into my brand and there no better feeling then watching your business grow.

Can I run in heels?

As long as they are Prada!

How To Be An Overnight Success: Making It In Business by Maria Hatzistefanis is published by Virgin Books and available to buy online here.