Henry Holland reflects on climbing to the top of the fashion game by learning on the job and taking risks… as he urges anxiety-stricken Brits to ‘be brave and believe in yourself’

Esteemed designer and entrepreneur Henry Holland spoke out about taking risks and learning to be confident in his career.

The Manchester-born star, 40, explained how he ‘learned by taking risks’ and urged fans and followers to be confident in their approach to life.

Henry was speaking in conjunction with the release of new research from the British Exploring Society, which found that a massive 92% of people believe that taking healthy risks boosts your self-esteem.

On the other hand, 87% of people wish they could take more risks in life and more than half (53%) believe that taking risks leads you to become a more confident person.

Echoing the former, Henry said: ‘In creative fields you can overthink things and be frozen in indecision. You have to be brave, believe in yourself, put yourself out there and say – I think that’s great – and that’s when you can achieve great things.’

Esteemed designer and entrepreneur Henry Holland talked about taking risks and learning to be confident in his career (pictured in 2006)

Esteemed designer and entrepreneur Henry Holland talked about taking risks and learning to be confident in his career (pictured in 2006)

The Manchester-born star, 40, detailed how he 'learned by taking risks' and urged fans and followers to be confident in their approach to life (pictured last month)

The Manchester-born star, 40, detailed how he ‘learned by taking risks’ and urged fans and followers to be confident in their approach to life (pictured last month)

Henry’s career began after graduating with a BA in Journalism from the London College of Communication, after which he worked for the following publications: the fashion section of the teen magazine Sneak, Smash Hits and Bliss.

Before launching his own company, Holland attracted attention with his Fashion Groupies T-shirt designs, with his Eighties-inspired T-shirts emblazoned with phrases such as: ‘I’ll tell you who’s boss, Kate Moss ‘.

In September 2006, he designed a range of T-shirts worn by both Gareth Pugh and Giles Deacon when they took their bows at the end of their runway shows during London Fashion Week.

Gareth Pugh appeared to take a bow at the end of his show wearing a T-shirt with the words ‘Get Yer Freak on Giles Deacon’, while Giles Deacon later in the week wore a T-shirt that read ‘Uhu Gareth Pugh’ was printed. on it.

Henry then designed a full collection and founded his own fashion house, the House of Holland, in 2008. He is known for his work with model Agyness Deyn.

Commenting on the British Exploring Society’s news that British people are afraid of taking risks, Henry said: ‘I’ve learned and earned my way by taking risks and approaching things in a way that feels right to me. You must be confident…

‘For every career decision I’ve made and business I’ve run – I’ve learned on the job. If you work in creative fields, you can overthink things and be stuck with indecision…

‘You have to be brave, believe in yourself, put yourself out there and say – I think this is great – and that’s when you can achieve great things.’

Henry then designed a full collection and founded his own fashion house, the House of Holland, in 2008.  He is known for his work with model Agyness Deyn (photo)

Henry then designed a full collection and founded his own fashion house, the House of Holland, in 2008. He is known for his work with model Agyness Deyn (photo)

The research shows that many British people blame their parents for their lack of self-confidence later in life. In fact, three-quarters (75%) say that their parents’ anxiety about risk-taking contributed to their own lack of risk-taking.

But that said, a whopping 87% of people said the risks they took turned out to be worth it.

When asked what parents could give more when they were young, rather than love or attention, the most popular answer was self-confidence (37%) followed by independence (31%).

But how do we go about giving our children more self-confidence? The British Exploring Society gives young adults access to programs that promote healthy risk-taking under the care of experts, while assuring parents that their children will be protected.

Honor Wilson-Fletcher MBE, CEO of British Exploring Society says: ‘Since I have been with British Exploring Society, I have noticed lasting changes in resilience and risk appetite in young people and their families.

‘Taking risks when young helps the next generation prepare for adulthood with confidence and self-confidence.

Commenting on the British Exploring Society's news that British people are afraid of taking risks, Henry said: 'I've learned and earned my way by taking risks and approaching things in a way that feels right to me.  You have to be confident'

Commenting on the British Exploring Society’s news that British people are afraid of taking risks, Henry said: ‘I’ve learned and earned my way by taking risks and approaching things in a way that feels right to me. You have to be confident’

‘So many of us unconsciously hold our children back based on our own fears and inhibitions, but giving our children the opportunity to try new things, step outside their comfort zone and push their boundaries – all within a safe space – is incredible for their long-term growth.’

The fact that we are a risk-averse nation is also proven by the fact that 66% of us are not confident enough to move to another country, just one in three (39%) would apply for a job they feel unqualified for and 72% say they don’t feel confident asking for a raise at work.

Organizations such as British Exploring Society give young adults access to programs that promote healthy risk-taking under the care of experts while assuring parents that their children will be protected.

With programs such as British Exploring Society’s expeditions, young adults, regardless of their background, can experience and gain crucial life skills and return to everyday life with increased confidence, a dynamic peer support group and the determination and ability to make the most of their future.

Henry said: 'You have to be brave, believe in yourself, put yourself out there and say - I think that's great - and that's when you can achieve great things'

Henry said: ‘You have to be brave, believe in yourself, put yourself out there and say – I think this is great – and that’s when you can achieve great things’