VERA WANG’S FIVE STEPS TO SUC­CESS

“Legacy is a big word,” says Wang. “But per­haps the abil­ity to be kind and coura­geous would be at the top of my list!” Here are her se­crets to suc­cess.

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KNOWL­EDGE IS KEY

“There is al­ways some­thing to learn. If you stop learn­ing and grow­ing that is re­ally the end.”

NEVER REST ON YOUR LAU­RELS

“I don’t know if I feel that I’m suc­cess­ful – if there is a se­cret I think that is it. I never feel re­ally com­pla­cent and I don’t know a de­signer friend who does.”

STEP INTO SOME­ONE ELSE’S SHOES

“Ev­ery­one should try some­one else’s job for a week, even a day! If you want a ca­reer in any field, you must im­merse your­self in it fully.”

LEARN TO RE­TREAT

“I try to sched­ule for free time. I take three weeks a year. I lie by the pool in Greece, I play golf for an af­ter­noon in New York, and if I have a day off, it’s like a month’s hol­i­day.”

STRIKE THE RIGHT BAL­ANCE

“It is im­pos­si­ble to suc­ceed in any busi­ness to­day, par­tic­u­larly cre­ative ones, with­out that spe­cial alchemy of art and com­merce.”

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