FROM Grasse Perfumery> Grasseperfumery’s Blog
22 / 01 / 2013
The welcome message from M. Ferdinand STORP, DROM CEO
Also a warm welcome from my side – from the side of the company which follows and supports you during your journey into perfumery here in Grasse in 2013.
You already made a great step in your life, because you already discovered one of the most beautiful arts on our planet. And you were accepted at this famous perfumery school in Grasse. But of course this is only the beginning. To become a perfumer is a long journey, and during this journey, you have to be persitend and you have to stay courious.
When I started my way in the perfumery business (and I am not a perfumer), I was sure that I can change the world. Well, that did not work out completely, but many things really worked and confirmed to me, that perfumery is not only a job, it’s a beautiful way to enrich the world and at the same time your personal life with passion and joy.
And now I am really sounding like an old man (and I guess in your age someone with 46 years is an old man) – your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary. You have to learn a lot to become a perfumer but at the same time you have to find your one way.
The big Steve Jobs told his creative peolpe always – “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as your way into perfumery begins, I wish that for you.
Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. Thank you and good luck.