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Anna Wintour has given some surprising career advice. The American Vogue editor was interviewed by writer Alastair Campbell for his new book, Winners: And How they Succeed. "Everyone should be sacked at least once in their career. It forces you to look at yourself,” says the renowned editor in the interview. "It's important to have setbacks, because that is the reality of life." Wintour talks from experience: she was sacked from her role as junior fashion editor at Harper’s Bazaar in 1975, before eventually going on to be made editor-in-chief of Vogue, and most recently, editorial director of Condé Nast.

Wintour isn’t the only editor, to think there’s nothing wrong with being fired. Jill Abramson, fired executive editor of The New York Times, recently spoke at a talk for New York Women in Communications, where she explained how she dealt with being fired from the newspaper: “It was important to me from the first minute, to first show what I was made of and try to be an example. I mean everyone get’s fired.”
So, is there anything wrong with being fired? By speaking out about it Wintour and Abramson both prove that, contrary to popular belief, getting the sack is not necessarily a taboo subject. On the contrary: being fired might be the very catalyst that your career needed; it’s certainly never going to be a pleasant experience, but it can teach you things you might not otherwise have realised. The main thing to remember is that if you do lose your job, you need to look forward at what your career holds next. And if Anna Wintour’s advice is anything to go by, being fired could well be the trigger for a successful career