Monday Motivation: Tips for success by Anna Wintour.

For the first time in 6 years, I did not watch the Academy Awards last night and finally after 6 Nominations, Leonardo DiCaprio won his first Academy Award. So as I look for motivation on this leap day, I turned to the woman whose career I greatly admire;Anna Wintour.

I rarely see her do interviews but I found this article in The Sunday Times about her tips for success. The tips were gotten from Alastair Campbell’s book Winners: And how they succeed. He asked Wintour what it takes to stay at the top for 27 years. Since the plan is to be at the top, we took down notes and I hope you do the same. It is the tips that you have probably heard before. Here are some of her tips. I need to grab a copy of that book because we are going to the top from here.

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.
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).
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.”
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.
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.
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.

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.


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