I’ve always been a curious person. I’ve also always been fascinated by interesting people who have accomplished great things; I want to know it all – where they came from, how they were able to achieve greatness, etc. I firmly believe that if you want to become successful, you work hard and study those whom have achieved success (Sounds simple enough, but not really).
Even before launching DSR Apparel, I had always been fascinated by self-made, successful business women. It’s no secret that women don’t have it easy in this life, but just because life isn’t easy doesn’t mean we can’t create and have the lives we want. As a budding entrepreneur, I’m always looking to those women who’ve trail blazed and paved the way, proving that with a lot of hard work, determination and a little bit of luck, you can do anything. While there are a ton of business women out there and more starting businesses every day, I love those business women who’ve been in the trenches for a while, fought the fights, endured the hardships and successfully weathered the storms. Here are 3 inspiring business women who’ve inspired me:
Diane von Furstenberg:
Anyone who knows me knows that I love, love, love Diane von Furstenberg (DVF). Aside from her beautifully designed clothing, accessories and jewelry, I love that part of her goal has been to inspire women to be the women that they’ve wanted to be. She’s not only talked the talked, but walked the walk; building a successful fashion empire from scratch, all before the age of 30. One of the things I love most about DVF is that she’s a fighter – early in her business, she licensed her name, tarnishing her brand’s image, bought all her licensing rights back and rebuilt her company into what it is today.
Recently, Anna Sui was back in Michigan to speak at the University of Michigan as part of the Penny Stamps speaker’s series, and I had the pleasure of attending. Even though Sui hails from the Detroit area, I didn’t fully know her back story. She fell in love with fashion at a very early age and after graduating from high school back in the 70s, she moved to New York to attend Parsons and pursue her fashion career. She worked incredibly hard, under different designers, before launching her namesake collection in the 80s. It would be another 10 years before she held her first runway show in 1991. She even worked in Italy for 10 years to be able to fund her own label. Now, Sui sits on a privately owned global fashion and beauty empire, worth an estimated $400 million, distributed in over 50 countries. That’s pretty powerful.
No serious list of inspiring business women would be complete without mentioning media mogul Oprah (You know you’ve done something right in life when you can go by your first name only). Oprah, who grew up in poverty, came from nothing but has gone on to launch multiple business ventures, amassing a personal net worth of over $3 billion dollars. In a recent interview in the November 2015 issue of Fast Company magazine, Oprah made a statement that literally blew me away, inspiring me to keep pushing to create the life of my dreams. The statement? – “I don’t do anything I don’t want to do.” Amazing.
These are the 3 inspiring business who motivate me. Who inspires you?