Vera Wang didn’t start out with a career in fashion. In fact, at one time in her early life, she was an Olympic hopeful.
After realizing that she wasn’t going to make the team or miraculously get better at skating, Wang decided to pursue a career at Vogue. She spent years as an editor, constantly being passed up for the editor in chief job.
“After 17 years at Vogue, I realized that what I was doing there was never going to change. My career wasn’t going to go any further there. I wasn’t in line to get the editor in chief job. And I was at a point where I felt there had to be more. So after investing yet another 15 years in a career that really meant something to me, I left.”
We wouldn’t have her brand of gorgeous designs if she hadn’t! Sometimes, you have to fail first in order to succeed.