Does the Queen even need an introduction?
If you don’t know who Anna Wintour is, you have either been surviving underneath a rock or are lost on the moon, therefore, reading this article would be a) impossible b) not on the top of your to-do list.
However it’s nice to treat everybody with the same politeness and respect, EVEN if they are one of the most iconic people of the entire planet, so here it goes… Anna Wintour, THE editor-in-chief of American Vogue, one of the most poignant influences in the fashion industry, the ice queen, the inspiration behind the Devil Wears Prada, the owner of the sharpest bob on Earth… the list goes on.
It is fair to say, that if anyone knows a thing or two about being successful, it is indeed Anna Wintour. Here are is some of her best career advice, all in one very neat and orderly list. You are welcome.
1) I think everyone should get sacked at least once. It was definitely a good thing for what it taught me.
2) What people hate the most is indecision. Even if I’m completely unsure, I’ll pretend I know exactly what I’m talking about and make a decision.
3) When I hear a company is being run by a team, my heart sinks. You need to have that leader with a vision and heart that can move things forward.
4) Don’t go too fast. People have to go to school, learn their craft and build a brand.
5) In today’s world you have to interact. You can’t be some difficult, shy person who is not able to look somebody in the face. You have to present yourself. You have to know how to talk about your vision, your focus and what you believe in.
6) You just need to have a love for what you are doing. It’s not about thinking that it’s the cool thing – it’s about really believing in it.
7) In the end, you have to work from your instinct and feeling and take those risks. Be fearless.
8) I surround myself with a talented group of people that are opinionated and interesting. I try to remain very open to what others have to say.
9) People respond well to those that are sure of what they want.
So if you are in your third year and are applying for jobs soon, maybe print this out and perform it to your housemates. Imagine you are Lady Macbeth performing a sensationally-eloquent monologue to a very bewildered audience. Or at least, read it twice.