Don't Strive for Success—This Is More Important, Says Diane von Furstenberg

Updated 05/23/17
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She's an icon in the fashion industry and the co-chairman and founder of a multimillion-dollar company, yet Diane von Furstenberg reveals she's just as vulnerable to insecurities as anyone else. In an exclusive interview with LinkedIn, von Furstenberg opened up about what it's really like to be at the height of her career and why she'll never strive for "success."

"Oh, it's not about success," she tells LinkedIn executive editor Daniel Roth. "It's about inspiring people." This attitude is what helped von Furstenberg rebuild her business after a career trough in her 40s, when those around her doubted her ability.

It wasn't this career slump that proved the most challenging time, though. Von Furstenberg reveals she felt deeply insecure, especially at the height of her career. "So many days I wake up, and I just feel like a total loser. In most people's eyes … I'm the woman across the room. I look so cool, together, and know everything," she says.

"I am that, but that doesn't mean that I feel like that all the time. The same way as I am the woman across the room, I look at the other woman across the room, and I think, Oh my god, she's so together, right?" she reveals.

No, we're not alone: Even one of the most successful fashion designers in the world struggles with imposter syndrome.

Can you relate to Diane von Furstenberg's comments about success and insecurities?

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