Jump to Main ContentJump to Primary Navigation
Top

Anna Wintour's ultimate tips for success; ‘everyone should get sacked at least once’

rexfeatures_4466946aa.jpg

The most powerful woman in fashion, Anna Wintour, has candidly revealed her secrets to success as part of a new book.

Taken from Winners and How They Succeed by Alistair Campbell, which also includes tips from other successful public figures such as Hillary Clinton and Arianna Huffington, the editor of US Vogue suggests that everyone must be fired at least once:

“I think everyone should get sacked at least once. It forces you to look at yourself. It didn't feel it at the time, but it was definitely a good thing for what it taught me. It is important to have setbacks, because that is the reality of life. Perfection doesn't exist.”

Anna has edited Vogue for nearly 30 years, after taking over the title in 1988. She began her career in fashion journalism in 1970 when she was hired as one of the first editorial assistants of Harper's and Queen. She then moved to New York to become fashion editor of Harper's Bazaar, a job from which she was fired.

She went on to have a short editorship of British Vogue and moved swiftly onto becoming the editor of the US version. She is credited with championing celebrities as covers stars, which propelled the magazine to become the market leader beating competitors such as Elle and Harper's Bazaar

Nick-named Nuclear Wintour due to her aloof personality in the office, she is reportedly the inspiration for The Devil Wears Prada character, editor Miranda Priestly.

As the eldest daughter of Charles Wintour, a former editor of The Evening Standard, she clearly has publishing in her blood. Her brother Patrick Wintour is also a journalist and is the political editor of the Guardian.

The longstanding Vogue editor, who received an OBE in 2008 for her services to British journalism and British fashion in the United States also had these pearls of wisdom to share on how to create success. 

On improvement

We never have post mortems. We move straight on. I don't need people to tell me if it was a good issue or a bad issue; we know, so we just move forward.”

On being a leader 

It's coming up with an idea and executing it. Ideas are a dime a dozen - it is how it is carried out.

On being inspired

I really think you have to go out and see things - screenings, theatre, exhibitions. I travel a lot. Every time you go out, even a walk in the street, you have an idea. 

On making decisions and being confident

Even if you aren't sure of yourself, pretend that you are, because it makes it clearer for everyone else. Most people prevaricate. I decide fast. I think it's helpful to people who work for you. the world we are in is about instinct and being fast and responding. 

On mornings

I get up every day at 5am - I have always been an early riser - and i always look forward to coming into the office. 

On turning off

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. I don't like the city at weekends, I have a garden I adore, a life that is very private - and the polar opposite of all of this.

Taken from Winners and How They Succeed by Alistair Campbell; amazon.co.uk

[via]

Related

rexfeatures_4307758d.jpg

Cameron Diaz on quitting social media and finding motivation

rexfeatures_4497331e.jpg

Fashion highlights from the week

armanimadonna.jpg

Armani 'brands Madonna difficult' after Capegate

drew-use.jpg

Drew Barrymore is writing a book about her roller coaster life

tfh6.jpg

Hollywood's biggest names turn out for special Tom Ford show

rltout2.jpg

The cutest picture you'll see this week: Kanye and Ralph

Comments

More

Top designer schools woman questioning why he designs “for fat people”

“Words are very powerful, they impact and affect lives”

by Amy Swales
23 Jun 2017

Ascot looks from the Stylist team

Ascot kicks off with Ladies' Day and glorious sunshine. Our Ascot oufits are a mixture of high street and designer pieces that adhere to the dress codes. Here’s what the Stylist team wore to the first two days.

by The Stylist web team
22 Jun 2017

Swarovski heiress gets wed in 46kg of glittering crystals

Seven stone of dedication to the family brand

by Amy Swales
22 Jun 2017

Did Elizabeth II send a political message with her Queen’s Speech hat?

People think she was sending a political message with her choice of millinery

by Moya Crockett
21 Jun 2017

Daily outfit inspiration with our look at the best dressed A-listers

Casual dressing ideas from stylish celebrities

20 Jun 2017

How to dress for hot weather if you hate summer clothes

“What do you mean, I can’t wear a turtleneck jumper in June?”

by Moya Crockett
19 Jun 2017

Would you wear this label’s new crotchless jeans?

Y/Project is switching up denim again

by Amy Swales
15 Jun 2017

Shopping mall kicks out woman wearing “inappropriate” Finding Nemo top

"Slut-shaming needs to stop"

by Sarah Biddlecombe
14 Jun 2017

How to buy Reese Witherspoon’s fashion line in the UK

Draper James is now available to Brit fans

by Amy Swales
07 Jun 2017

Where to buy Ariana Grande’s One Love Manchester charity jumper

All profits go to the Red Cross We Love Manchester Emergency Fund

by Sarah Biddlecombe
06 Jun 2017