As an American designer most famously known for her beautiful wedding dresses, Vera Wang is one of the most iconic figures in the world of fashion. Her impressive career makes her an inspiration for any career girl, but her words of wisdom offer much more and provide a solid set of lessons that can be applied to all aspects of life.
“Success isn’t about the end result, it’s about what you learn along the way”
Generation Z are constantly being accused of being impatient and wanting to achieve everything as quickly as possible. Often we get so caught up on what we want in the future, that we forget to appreciate the journey that takes us there. Quality of life shouldn’t be measured by success, but instead by the lessons that you have learned along the way.
“It’s hard to balance everything. It’s always challenging”
It’s natural for career girls to want to achieve as much as possible, and often it’s hard to remember that this isn’t always possible. In a world that constantly tells you that you should seek challenge, you can be left with too much to balance and as a result place too much pressure on yourself. Be sure to try and fulfill your maximum potential, but recognize when you’re taking on too much and be sensible enough to not over-exert yourself.
“If I were to say at any point that I feel really confident or really in control, that would be a mistake. Because I don’t.”
The pressure for girls to be in control is more apparent than ever, but it’s okay to admit that it doesn’t always come easy. While there is plenty of advice to tell you how to be confident, there is not enough telling you that’s okay if you don’t. If someone with as much control as Vera Wang admits to not being confident, then it’s perfectly fine for you to feel that way too.
“I always see where I didn’t do things the right way.”
Admitting you’re wrong is not easy, but it’s an essential thing for every career girl to be able to do. To better yourself you must learn from your mistakes, but first you must be able to see exactly what those mistakes were. It’s okay that you went wrong, but you should always focus on what you can do to make it right.
“The key is falling in love with something, anything. If your heart’s attached to it, then your mind will be attached to it.”
Too often we are guilty of just settling. We don’t dislike something, but we don’t love it either, making forming attachments difficult. It becomes too easy for us to go through life half-heartedly, creating situations that are nothing more than mediocre. Make an effort to love everything that you do, and you will find passion comes naturally.
“Don’t be afraid to take time to learn. It’s good to work for other people. I worked for others for 20 years. They paid me to learn.”
A career doesn’t just happen overnight, and often you will have to go through experiences that are not where you want to be for it to successfully develop. It’s easy to take work for granted, but it’s all part of learning and will make you the best version of yourself when you finally reach your end goal.
Featured Photo Vera Wang | Source: Courtesy photo