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THE How-To: Secrets of Success à  la Anna Wintour via Director RJ Cutler

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The Sept Issue

I have not yet seen The September Issue so I'll have to get the DVD, which hit stores yesterday. I'm keen to watch it, partly because, according to director RJ Cutler on The Huffington Post this week, the takeaway is four key secrets to success:

1 Keep Meetings Short
Frankly, I suck at this. Perhaps I shouldn't admit it, but there it is. I just don't know how to wrap things up without worrying that other folks are going to think I can't wait to get away. There's a trick to meeting efficiency; I'm working on it. Just remember: it's not you, it's my schedule.

2 Trust Your Instincts
Hello, my name is Janine and I'm a second-guesser. And an over-thinker. Is there a 12-step program? I have good days, though, where I know what I know and I'm cool with it. Let's say today is one of those I-trust-me days and go from there.

3 Surround Yourself with Great Talent
Hmm. Better re-evaluate the Staff. That said, she's the one person with whom I can have very short meetings.

4 Don't Look Back
This might be the one I'll have success with more quickly. Certainly when it comes to getting into shape, my constant refrain of "one time, when I used to be healthier/fitter/thinner" has actually held me back. I realized not too long ago that forging ahead as though this is the first time I've embarked on a get-fit regime allows me to enjoy again every achievement -- hey, my abs work better! omigod I did a push up! holy crap I can get these jeans buttoned up! Nothing spoils success more than constantly remembering you had it and messed it up somehow.

Click through for the details of "What I Learned from Anna Wintour" by RJ Cutler on The Huffington Post.