So, my husband and I signed up for Masterclass

and for the past two evenings, as I am making dinner, Anna Wintour has been teaching me about power.

So, my husband and I signed up for Masterclass and, for the past two evenings, as I am making dinner, Anna Wintour has been teaching me about power.

As I am chopping celery and onions, she is talking about the genius that happens at Vogue but really, Anna and I both know that this class is really about power.
It’s about magnetism, the je ne sais quoi energy that turns the eye toward something – toward someone.

It’s about point of view, she is telling me: the single point of focus.
Anna is whispering a secret now (and I notice that I’m leaning toward her as the chicken soup bubbles. I notice I’ve forgotten to brown the garlic because… Anna Wintour is telling me something I didn’t want to miss. Something about order, alertness, attention). She is telling me, that focal point is everything.

She calls it: the point of view. and she mentions it over and over.
It’s code – between Anna and me – a clear call to action.

If you want to live your own excellence, Anna is telling me, you have to know what you are.

Anna Wintour’s Masterclass is about clarity and hard work – 10,000 hours multipled by another 10,0000- a lifetime of gathered wisdom and sheer willpower. Also, talent and vision and that impeccable eye.

She is speaking about listening instinctively, strategically to the people you’ve selected, to the younger generation, to the genius of the world as it bubbles up around you. Listening to EVERYTHING so precisely that when genius arrives, you can catch it and lay it out on a glossy magazine page.

She is speaking to me directly, specifically. She is speaking to me personally, offering a message only she could deliver about indecision and dissembling. (Stop it, she says.)

A message about the need for decisive action. (Take it, she urges.)

I will! I promise from my kitchen, a dishtowel clutched in my hands as I feel my point of view open inside of me.

I know who I am. A wisdom keeper listening to a wisdom keeper, a woman standing by a stove, receiving a transmission about power from a woman who is brave enough to claim it.

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