EMMA GANNON EPITOMISES THE MODERN, FEMALE, TECH CAREER. SHE IS THE AUTHOR OF THE HUGELY SUCCESSFUL ONLINE MANUAL, CTRL ALT DELETE, AND HER PODCAST WHICH GOES BY THE SAME NAME - AND INCLUDES CHATS WITH, LENA DUNHAM, SOPHIE KINSELLA AND DAWN O'PORTER - HAS JUST HIT IT'S ONE MILLIONTH DOWNLOAD. WE TOLD YOU SHE WAS VISIONARY AND SUCCESSFUL! HERE SHE TELLS US WHAT GETS HER UP IN THE MORNING (CLUE, IT ISN'T COFFEE) AND SHARES HER HERO, SETH GODIN'S GREATEST PIECE OF CAREER ADVICE.
TO ME SUCCESS IS: a very personal goal. Mainly it means being proud of the work I put out into the world and creating things with integrity and heart; feeling excited for the week even on rainy Monday mornings, collaborating with people I admire. Success for me used to be tied up with how much money I had, now it's purely based on how I act, feel, live.
BEING A WORKING WOMAN TODAY MEANS: Flexibility. Speaking up. Showing up. Being in the driver's seat of your own life.
THE CAREER TIP I'D GIVE MY YOUNGER SELF: Stop asking for reassurance and just get on with it. As I learned recently from the hero that is Seth Godin (who recently came on my podcast): "If you seek reassurance, it will wash off very quickly." I used to ask permission a lot when I was younger, but the one thing I didn't ask anyone's opinion on was my blog, which was pretty much the stepping stone that led me to all my dream opportunities.
THIS BOOK CHANGED MY LIFE: Caitlin Moran's How To Be A Woman. It came out in 2011, I'd just cut all my hair off and had left University, didn't have a clue what I wanted to do with my life. I read this book on holiday and when I came back to London I just knew I needed to write and speak up. I was constantly annoyed with the world, be it sexism at work or glossy magazines making me feel ugly but I didn't have a name for it: duh I was a feminist! That's why having my book published by Ebury was such a cool thing, because so is HTBAW, the book that changed everything. It was my gateway drug into everything I do now.
MY GUILTIEST PLEASURE: sleeping in.
MY ULTIMATE DINNER PARTY GUESTLIST INCLUDES: Iris Apfel, Jemima Kirke, Kirsty Young, Amandla Stenberg.
MY GREATEST ACHIEVEMENT SO FAR IS: Working for myself, and making it work.
THE MOST IMPORTANT LIFE LESSON: Work achievements are great, but celebrate your "life" ones too. When I moved into my first home with my boyfriend I was surprised to get cards. Then I realised, oh wait, my relationship and home life is going well, this is just as worthy of celebrating too!