We had the good fortune of connecting with Lyndell Werling and we’ve shared our conversation below.

Hi Lyndell, we’d love to hear how you think about EQ and IQ. How do you think each affect happiness? What about success?
While success and happiness are uniquely and personally defined, emotional intelligence profoundly impacts both. Emotional intelligence (EQ) skills empower one to deeply connect with others, establish rapport, build relationships, and truly love other human beings. EQ emanates from our greatest leaders, artists, teachers, healers, and religious figures. It requires an understanding of human nature and the ability to effectively communicate. Our current environment provides a significant reminder of emotional intelligence’s criticality. Life never stops presenting growth opportunities, obstacles to overcome on the path to success, and experiences that yield happiness. It takes a EQ and IQ to pursue our passions and dreams. But, if given the choice, I’d prefer to have a higher EQ than IQ. Mark Frost states “Life is not a journey to the grave with the intention of arriving safely in a pretty and well-preserved body. But rather, to skid in broadside, thoroughly used up, totally worn out, and loudly proclaiming …. WOW what a ride.” That ride is best experienced with great EQ and just enough IQ to know when to pull back the throttle. Finding meaning in failures, disappointments, and setbacks takes EQ. Fixing problems and solving challenges can be completed with IQ alone but isn’t it better to grow personally? I believe it is. It is in that journey that happiness and success are created.

Can you open up a bit about your work and career? We’re big fans and we’d love for our community to learn more about your work.
As a wardrobe stylist, I provide clothing for entrepreneurs, executives, and everyday people. I strive to elevate the appearance of my clients by creating a signature style for them that is characterized by an appearance that stands out from the crowd. Business professionals, celebrities, and individuals who recognize the importance of crafting a visual image that precisely represents their brand, trust me to manage their wardrobe needs. My two decades of business tenure differentiates me many other stylists. In addition to my love of fashion and style, I faced the same challenges that my clients tackle. I recall the juggling act that maintaining a work and life balance becomes while expending extraordinarily long hours in the office. I have an undergraduate business degree and an MBA from the University of Southern California. Credibility and confidence in my recommendations stems from my clients trusting that I see their work as a business endeavor and not just a side project. Additionally, my niche is working with female entrepreneurs in the forties. As women we are highly concerned about our appearance. The thought of looking old or not being confident causes significant stress. The challenge of remaining relevant style-wise, and age appropriate, results in anxiety. I empower women who don’t have the time to prioritize wardrobe requirements, and time constrained professionals juggling the pressures of parenthood, to look impeccable for the important events in their lives.

Any places to eat or things to do that you can share with our readers? If they have a friend visiting town, what are some spots they could take them to?
Los Angeles contains some of the most beautiful beaches, most extraordinary museums, and incredible restaurants on the west coast. Depending on the time of year, a sporting event would be on the list. I love attending USC football games and Lakers and Clippers games. While in the Figueroa corridor, a trip to see the DTLA murals would be a must. Eating a meal at Bottega Louie would complete the day. The Petersen Auto Museum, where I volunteer, is another must see. The rich southern California car culture, coupled with Hollywood’s influence, would be a full day happenstance. Dining at Casa Vega has to be on the list while in the northern part of the city. A hike to the Hollywood sign would round out the sight-seeing. After an exerting outdoor experience, a few margaritas and street tacos at Tortilla Republic would complete a fabulous day. For the final Los Angeles experience, a day on the sand in Manhattan Beach is a perfect plan. One of my favorite places to eat in the south bay is the Bottle Inn in Hermosa Beach. If the day allowed, spa time at Trilogy Spa. If my guest wasn’t completely worn out, I’d suggest finishing the trip at Universal Studios. Who doesn’t love that?

The Shoutout series is all about recognizing that our success and where we are in life is at least somewhat thanks to the efforts, support, mentorship, love and encouragement of others. So is there someone that you want to dedicate your shoutout to?
I’d like to dedicate this shoutout to all of the invaluable medical professionals, truckers, farmers, and essential workers keeping our global community afloat.

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Becki Freed Legacy Photography Tatiana Penkova Ryan Kyle Smith

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