Finally, successful businesswomen are coming forward to reveal that their career paths didn’t necessarily follow the straight path they were expecting. While Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg encourages women to “lean in” and not sacrifice their careers for an equally important role as wives and mothers, fashion icon Iris Apfel explains that she never had a “plan” to begin with.
Iris Apfel, who is a self-proclaimed “geriatric” socialite, boasts quite the resumé. She began as an editorial writer for Women’s Wear Daily, became a successful business owner and textile designer and later, an interior decorator, fashion designer, fashion professor, and style icon. But the key to Apfel’s abundant success was that she always followed her own path. Apfel asserts, “Doing your own thing is very good. . . if you have a thing to do.”