Success In Fashion: 4 Lessons From Fashion Icon Anna Wintour

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Anna Wintour is perhaps the most formidable force in fashion, the Editor-In-Chief of Vogue, and with that, her opinion holds a whole lot of value in the industry. But what does this inspirational woman attribute her success to? And what is it these successful people don’t do?

She stays grounded.

Anna Wintour’s notoriety hasn’t gone to her head and she continues to work extremely hard for her goals. “I go to work, I try to do the best job I possibly can, whether it’s for Condé Nast or for the museum or anything else that I might be involved in, but you know, I’m not thinking, I’m an icon.

I hope that I set as good an example as I can, but it’s not — I don’t wake up in the morning thinking, I’m going to set a really good example today!” said Wintour in an interview with The Cut in May last year.

She’s decisive.

In the book Winners, Wintour explained why her ability to make decisions quickly and articulate them to others is key to her success as a leader… Or at least, fake-it-til-you-make-it! “‘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.”

She doesn’t regret mistakes.

In the first Vogue podcast, she brushed off a question about whether she had any regrets about her time at Vogue, stating: “Certainly we have made mistakes, but you try and learn from your mistakes. And the most important thing is always to move forward, and, I think empower people to do their best, and to lead.” That’s the thing about failure, it can be hard to take but you always learn something from it, get stronger and carry on!

She supports the up-and-comers

Far from trying to stop those rising within the ranks, Wintour knows the importance of helping those under her position. “The young women that I’m lucky enough to know seem very empowered.

It’s really wonderful to see.” Once again, proving what a fine leader she really is – to encourage and appreciate those that are still learning. Something which we too want to do at Career Girl! So for all those ambitious go-getters, read our recent article on how to start planning like an entrepreneur?

We live in a world of truly remarkable women that are smart, savvy and stylish. You can read more of our ‘How She Did It’ series by clicking on the links, from Rebel Wilson, to Stella McCartney, to even Willow Smith.

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  1. Having no regrets about failure and mistakes. So so hard but absolutely necessary. Loved these lessons!


  2. totally agree with the last one, it’s so important to bring people up with you

    Mel x

  3. It’s such a good quality to be empowering other women in this journey!

    Great post!

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