You don't need us to tell you that designer Diane von Furstenberg is a wealth of wisdom; from building her eponymous brand from the ground up to (more recently) launching her very own reality television show on E!, the fashion legend has one of the most inspiring success stories in the industry. And her dedication to empowering women is unrivaled.
The Business Journals recently rounded up some of DVF's most poignant and helpful career advice ever, and we were so inspired by her that we felt we had to share. If you read one thing today, make it this.
Keep scrolling for seven pieces of amazing career advice from Diane von Furstenberg!
"Some days I'm confident, some days I feel like a loser. There are no successful people who never feel like losers, they don't exist."
“When I was a young girl, I didn’t know what I wanted to do, but I knew the kind of woman I wanted to be. I wanted to be an independent woman, and I wanted to be in charge of my life, and that’s really what I wanted. I think what’s important [is] to be honest with yourself and figure out what is your door."
“Whenever you talk about business, whenever you talk about love, whenever you talk about beauty, you have to have your truth, believe in your truth, and continue and stay on brand. It’s hard, and even when you’re successful, it’s hard to stay there.”
"Be hard on yourself. Ask ‘Do I make sense? Am I crazy?' You can listen to everybody [else], but follow your heart. The worst mistake is to do something and then realize, 'I didn’t really want to do it but so-and-so told me to.'"
“It’s just [about] focusing. My greatest quality is my impulse and my biggest fault is my impulse. When an idea doesn’t work out, you just have to accept it and move on.”
"It’s always the daughters who bring back the mothers [to a brand]. It’s important to stay close to the young."
“The most important thing is to know who you are getting involved with, and what is in it for them. In any negotiations, put yourself in the other person’s seat and see what their interest is. Make sure with the distribution, the product—everything, that you both agree on it.”
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