5 Rules For Life: Rochelle Jacobs

Rochelle Jacobs oversaw the creation of skincare brands June Jacobs and, most recently, Naturally Serious Skincare. Rochelle is responsible for the day-to-day management and execution of both brands, ensuring that each stays true to the original vision. Rochelle is also an Advisory Board Member of the Dubin Breast Center.  She spent over a decade on the Junior Board of the Ovarian Cancer Research Fund and has served on the benefit committees for the 92nd Street Y Nursery School and Allen-Stevenson Annual Benefits and co-chaired the Fall Benefit for the Fresh Air Foundation. Born and raised in New York City, Rochelle —together with her family, including her teenage boys Jake and Luke— continues to make New York home.

  • Make the impossible possible and persevere.  I try my best to surround myself with people who have the same positive energy forces.  I have accomplished so many things that many would say are impossible.  Once you do something for the first time that nobody else believed possible, you become unstoppable!  
  • Think outside the box and make mistakes along the way. Nothing frustrates me more than when I question something and someone says ‘this is how we’ve always done it.”  Consider where we’d be today if we all believed what worked yesterday will work tomorrow.  I assure you that all the greatest innovators who have disrupted industries never accepted that answer and made huge mistakes along the way.  We learn from our mistakes as well as others.  The opportunity is to correct them and not make the same ones again.  If you don’t think outside the box, you may think you are playing things safe but in truth, you will always be stuck.   
  • Don’t be ruled by your fears. When approaching something, ask yourself: What’s the worst thing that can happen? Generally, that answer is actually more manageable than the fear you have in your head.  Most importantly, remember, or should I say, don’t forget… most of the time everything always works out, especially when you believe it will. It may not be how you envisioned it to be, but it does.  
  • Trust your gut instincts on the day-to-day and easy decisions but always ‘sleep on’ the big ones.  With more experience, it becomes easier to do this. Sometimes the obvious right thing to do is shortsighted. I try to look at the big picture. I never make a big decision without thinking about all the consequences and opportunities. 
  • Don’t take yourself too seriously.  I’d say the most important lesson I’ve learned in my career thus far is not taking myself, my business, or anyone else for that matter too seriously. I set out each day to make sure that I listen to what others are telling me and often times hearing what they are saying to each other, to help make the best decisions.  Learn something new every day.  Laugh at yourself.  Embrace change.  Create your own happiness.  

Thanks, Rochelle!

Stay tuned for more Five Rules installments.

 “Five Rules,” is a series on Rouge18 in which I ask others to share their five rules for life about anything and everything. You can learn a lot about a person by reading which five things govern their actions, no?

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