Wednesday, 25 February 2015

'Lean In' by Facebook's COO Sheryl Sandberg

'There's a special place in hell for women who don't help other women'- Sheryl Sandberg

It was when I saw Sheryl Sandberg on Oprah's Next Chapter that I realised her book 'Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Live' was a must-read. That was back in 2013 and now two years later I finally managed to grab a hold of her book (a special graduate edition), read it and cemented it with pride status on my over-flowing bookshelf. The Silicon Valley based COO of Facebook describes in extraordinary detail in her best-selling book about the present day rigours of women in the workplace. She, along with many established guest writers, present us readers with many situation where women are discriminated against due to a set of boobs, make-up and a whiff of perfume. Whilst, I'm based in the creative media sector where I see many women leading the pack- the book gives invaluable advice and has enabled me to open my eyes wide open in terms of confidence, feeling like a 'fraud' and not being afraid to ask. It's pretty simple- if you don't ask you don't get. What will inevitably set me apart in my long-term career is a lack of fear- And by all means she provides a well written book that challenges you to how you view yourself in the workplace. By all means, there were plenty of high-light worthy quotes throughout the book. Check out some of my favourites below!

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 1) “What would you do if you weren't afraid?” 

2) “When looking for a life partner, my advice to women is date all of them: the bad boys, the cool boys, the commitment-phobic boys, the crazy boys. But do not marry them. "

3) “I hope you find true meaning, contentment, and passion in your life. I hope you navigate the difficult times and come out with greater strength and resolve. I hope you find whatever balance you seek with your eyes wide open. And I hope that you - yes, you - have the ambition to lean in to your career and run the world. Because the world needs you to change it.”

 4) “If you ask men why they did a good job, they’ll say, ‘I’m awesome. Obviously. Why are you even asking?’ If you ask women why they did a good job, what they’ll say is someone helped them, they got lucky, they worked really hard.” We’re gonna start taking all the credit. Starting… now! Yup, we’re awesome. Obviously!"

5) “I want to tell any young girl out there who’s a geek, I was a really serious geek in high school. It works out. Study harder.” We can remember nobody wanting to sit with the geeks during lunch in high school, but now everybody wants to either be a geek or be married to one so, yeah, we agree with this one."
6) “We call our little girls bossy. Go to a playground; little girls get called bossy all the time—a word that’s almost never used for boys—and that leads directly to the problems women face in the workforce.”

7) “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, you don’t ask what seat. You just get on.”

8) “At a small dinner with other business executives, the guest of honor spoke the entire time without taking a breath. This meant that the only way to ask a question or make an observation was to interrupt. Three or four men jumped in, and the guest politely answered their questions before resuming his lecture. At one point, I tried to add something to the conversation and he barked, "Let me finish! You people are not good at listening!"

9) “Anyone lucky enough to have options should keep them open. Don't enter the workforce already looking for the exit. Don't put on the breaks. Accelerate."

10) “When Gloria Steinem marched in the streets to fight for the opportunities that so many of us now take for granted, she quoted Susan B. Anthony, who marched in the streets before her and concluded, “Our job is not to make young women grateful. It is to make them ungrateful so they keep going.”

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