The importance of mentorship
She credits her success at the Financial Review, particularly in the terrifying early days, to the support of her editor.
“The thing that kind of kept me going and made me realise that I had to try to succeed was that the person who appointed me, editor of the paper Max Walsh, believed in me. So that was very encouraging to know that somebody of his stature thought I could do this job, and that made me think okay, well, I will fake till I make it and that’s what I did.”
But not every risky and challenging opportunity has led to success for Anne.
“I’m very lucky that a lot of different opportunities have been offered to me in my life and I’ve always tended to say yes to most of them, and I haven’t always succeeded and I’ve had a lot of setbacks.”
Anne doesn’t shy away from difficult topics in her book, and she covers a particularly bad setback that she had in New York. “I had a terrible time in New York with the company that I had founded with my partner, Sandra Yates, when we were attacked by the religious rights campaigners for some of the articles we were running in our teenage girls’ magazine, and we were eventually forced out of business.”
The motivation to continue in the face of setbacks, Anne says, comes from having a good network of support and encouragement. “I think it’s so important all of us have people to help us, you know, mentors, or coaches, or just good friends, people that you can talk to, and that can encourage you, because none of us are born fully formed and able to do everything.”
Anne sums up her dizzying array of career experiences simply and with a laugh: “I’ve never been bored,” she says.