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Book of the Month: The Woman I Wanted to Be by Diane Von Furstenberg

September 1, 2016
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Happy New Month Everyone!

Last month was exciting, I would put up a recap in my next post.

For this month, we all need to stay inspired and motivated. Don’t we?

Those of you who follow me on snapchat would know that I’ve spent FOREVER reading this book: The woman I wanted to be, by Diane Von Furstenberg. I really can’t explain why it took me soo long to finish the book. Not that it isn’t a nice book, of course the book is AMAZING…..I guess I just got distracted with life.

In the book, designer and philanthropist Diane Von Furstenberg shares personal stories from her life about family, love, beauty and business. She basically took us through a journey of fifty something years of her life. She started by talking about her background, her family history and some difficult times for them, most especially her mother who was arrested by the Nazi’s for over two years. She talked about her marriage to a prince, her love for fashion, how she invented the popular jersey wrap dress and her very bumpy ride in the fashion industry that has brought her to where she is now.

For those of you who don’t know her Diane Von Furstenberg aka DVF is a Belgian-American designer best known for her wrap dress and luxury fashion brand DVF. She was formerly a princess. I got to know about her after I watched “House of DVF” on E! network. It was a reality show where they were searching for a brand ambassador for her brand DVF.

The book is packed with insight and inspiration for life. I pulled out some excerpts from the book to share with you guys. (thank me later *wink*)

ON LOVE

“I have been in love many times, but I know now that being in love does not always mean you know how to love. Being in love can be a need, a fantasy, or an obsession, whereas loving truly is a much calmer and happier state. I agree with George Sand, the nineteenth-century French novelist: “There is only one happiness in life, to love and be loved,” she wrote. I’ve enjoyed that happiness many times but what I discovered with age is that true love is unconditional, and that is bliss.”

“Love is about relationships, yet the most important relationship is the one you have with yourself. Who else is with you at all times? Who else feels the pain when you are hurt? The shame when you are humiliated? Who can smile at your small satisfactions and laugh at your victories but you? Who understands your moments of fear and loneliness better? Who can console you better than you? You are the one who possesses the keys to your being. You carry the passport to your own happiness.

You cannot have a good relationship with anyone, unless you first have it with yourself. ”

ON BEAUTY

“Character. Intelligence. Strength. Style. That makes beauty. All these attributes form beauty, and personality, that elusive state of being that is not necessarily perfect. “Beauty is perfect in its imperfections.” It is our imperfections that make us different.”

“I plead with young girls, except the very few genetically exceptional ones, not to try and become models. Use your brains, your common sense and do not become an object,” What do you guys have to say about this?

“The way you look is important, but who you are and how you project it is eventually who you will become and how you will appear.”

What then is your definition of beauty? Please share below.


ON CAREER AND AMBITION

“Most people at the beginnings of their lives don’t know what they want to be unless you have a real vocation, like a pianist or a doctor, so it is very important to listen. Sometimes there are doors that will open and you think it is not an important door and yet it is—so it’s very important to be curious and pay attention, because sometimes you learn and you don’t even know you’re learning.”

“When young people eager to start their own lives and careers ask me for advice I smile and always say: “Passion and persistence are what matter.

Dreams are achievable and you can make your fantasy come true, but there are no shortcuts. Nothing happens without hard work.”

ON START UPS

“Those early years were difficult for many reasons,It wasn’t easy to figure it out at first.

My first orders of a few dozen dresses in a specific style was not what he had expected. “I have a factory, not a sample room,” he insisted. Flying to Italy once a month, I would beg for his attention. He would yell. I would cry. “Stick with me,” I kept pleading with him. When my orders were finally delivered they were often wrong—wrong color, wrong style, ” “wrong size, wrong everything, yet whatever I shipped to the stores would sell immediately. That is what encouraged me to persevere.

I was totally on my own, with no experience, and the challenges were enormous.”

ON BUSINESS EXECUTION

“I did all of this without a business plan, without any market analysis, without a focus group, without a publicist, without an advertising or branding agency. What I did have was a very good idea, a talented manufacturer who was passionate about his product, and an ambitious salesman who believed in me and sent me all over the country to make personal appearances at different department stores”

ON BRANDING

“What is the brand? What does it stand for? What message does the brand project? Is the message consistent? What is the core design? What are the core colors? Who is the customer? Describe her. The answer to the last question should boil down to a few words.

ON SUCCESS

“There was a price for my success, of course. I always felt I had to run faster and faster just to keep up with the business, which filled me with anxiety. The anxiety proved to be justified when the American Dream turned into a nightmare…..“My company was on the verge of bankruptcy. I was in shock.”“The good thing was that success had made me into a household name.”“What had seemed the worst, turned out to be good. I had managed not only to get rid of a terrible liability but also to work out a profitable arrangement.”

“If one door closes, another will open,”

“Success is not only glamorous, it’s also a lot of work. Being on live television, often in the middle of the night, was exhausting, and driving back and forth on the New Jersey Turnpike made me feel like Willy Loman in Death of a Salesman. But the exhaustion was worth it; in very little time, Silk Assets generated $40 million in sales.”

I hope everyone that reads this post draws enough inspiration to get you through this month. Do share this post with your friends and please comment below. Let us know your favorite quotes and also share some new quotes on life, love, and business with us.

Have a lovely month!

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2 Comments

  • Reply Anonymous September 2, 2016 at 12:24 pm

    I need to get this book.. Totally agree with her

    • Reply Dupe September 5, 2016 at 9:02 am

      Yes you should get it. It’s a really good book

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