Not very often do we get to hear (or read) career advice from Anna Wintour. So, when Vogue's longstanding editor-in-chief provides some, we take note. Wintour sat down with the Sunday Times recently to share thirteen tips for success. Here are a few (think: get fired (at least once), get up early, take your weekends seriously, and more) …
1. Be confident: Even if you aren’t sure of yourself, pretend that you are . . . most people prevaricate. I decide fast. I think it’s helpful to the people who work for you. The world we are in is about instinct and being fast and responding.
2. Get fired: Everyone should get sacked at least once. It forces you to look at yourself . . . It is important to have setbacks, because that is the reality of life. Perfection doesn’t exist.” (Wintour also admits to having been fired from her role as a junior fashion editor for Harper’s Bazaar in 1975).
3. Wake up early: I get up every day at 5am — I have always been an early riser — and I always look forward to coming into the office.”
4. Do the best you can: I don’t get out of bed and think, "Right, I must do something to be a role model." I live life the best I can, try to make the right decisions for the magazine and the company and, at a personal level, the family. It is not a conscious thing.
5. Know your strengths: I can’t make anything. I don’t know how to make a dress. I couldn’t go on a shoot and create an image. I can’t write a script. I have so much admiration for people who can do these things, because I would have no idea where to start. I am always responding to other people’s talents. I am not the talent . . . I don’t write, I am not a writer. I see myself as someone who responds to the times and the culture, to a moment. Is that a journalist? I don’t know.
6. Organize and delegate: I am very organized and I am a very good delegator. People work better when they have responsibility. We talk about what needs to be done.
7. Downtime is important: I don’t have a high-powered life out of work. I like to go to the country for the weekend with the kids and the dog and play tennis. I am very good at turning off.