Diane von Furstenberg says “Be a Leader, Not a Victim”

Fashion designer Diane von Furstenberg said that you should always ask yourself two questions when asking for more money: “Do I deserve it?” and “Why?” 

Be hard on yourself while you question yourself,” von Furstenberg told The Cut in February 2013. “If you think you deserve it, then go for it and explain the reason. Do not whine. No tears in the eyes, no complaints. Go with the positives and the positives only.” 

The designer said that if you are absolutely sure you deserve a promotion or a raise, and you effectively explain why you do — you will get it. 

“Since I have worked for myself since I was 22, I could not go and ask for a promotion, but I often had to make presentations and sell myself,” von Furstenberg said. “Sometimes I was turned down and I always tried to turn the rejection into something positive. It is not easy, but almost always there is a better opportunity hidden behind the lost one. The lesson I took from those rejections is that I look at the glass half full and not half empty.”