I just finished reading Diane von Furstenberg’s latest book, The Woman I Wanted to Be, and to put it briefly, it is one of the best books/memoirs that I’ve ever read. I was, and still am, left motivated, inspired and empowered by this fashion mogul, who just like everybody else, has seen many highs and lows throughout her personal and professional life.
If there is one thing that we can learn about DVF from this book is that she tells her stories and shares her experiences with the utmost honesty and transparency; as a result, there are three major life lessons that every woman (or man, for that matter) can learn from her.
1. Don’t be afraid of failure.
From an early age, Diane’s mother, a Holocaust survivor, instilled in her that “fear is not an option.” Diane has carried that mentality with her throughout her entire life and career. She has failed numerous times, but she always has found a way to reinvent herself and find a new path. The takeaway? Dream big, try, fail, and try again. You won’t accomplish anything in this lifetime if you don’t put yourself out there, open to and ready for failure. It is through failure that we discover our true sense of self and character.
2. Love without inhibition.
As Diane always says, “Love is life is love.” She has had her share of romances over the years, and in each one she gave herself entirely to the other person, never holding back her feelings. After all, what life is worth living without someone or something to love and share in your successes and failures?
3. Live life unapologetically.
Diane lives life according to her rules and standards – if you don’t care for her or her expectations, then you can move right along. She is a strong, independent woman and someone that we all can look to as a role model. I aspire to have her outlook on life – live it to its fullest with no regrets and no apologies.
If you’re interested in more specifics about the book, check out Biana’s review that provides highlights and noteworthy quotes.
Needless to say, if you haven’t yet read this book or added it to your reading list, I highly recommend that you do.