With the wealth of business books out there advising women how to get ahead in the workplace, I’m increasingly concerned that one, very important, message is getting lost: you have to work really hard if you want to succeed. Sounds obvious, right? Yet so many would-be successful young women seem to have missed the memo.
I started my proper career (for ‘proper’, read ‘paid and with an actual contract’) in the digital division at Condé Nast. I got to write for the online editions of amazing brands like Vogue, Glamour and GQ, albeit at a time when most of the editors of those brands didn’t even realise they had a website.
A small team of us squirrelled away on the seventh floor of Vogue House, and I got to work at 7.45am every morning, without fail. (Side note: I’m pretty sure half the employees at Vogue House didn’t realise there was a seventh floor. The lift only went as high as floor six.)
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