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Lean In – Sheryl Sandberg

  • “You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around.”
  • “If I had to embrace a definition of success, it would be that success is making the best choices we can… and accepting them.”
  • “The time is long overdue to encourage more women to dream the possible dream.”
  • “If a woman pushes to get the job done, if she’s highly competent, if she focuses on results rather than on pleasing others, she’s acting like a man. And if she acts like a man, people dislike her.”
  • “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help other women.”
  • “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.”
  • “Success and likeability are positively correlated for men and negatively for women. When a man is successful, he is liked by both men and women. When a woman is successful, people of both genders like her less.”
  • “The promise of equality is not the same as true equality.”
  • “We need to stop telling [women], ‘Get a mentor and you will excel.’ Instead, we need to tell them, ‘Excel and you will get a mentor.’”
  •  “Gloria Steinem said it best: “You can’t do it all. No one can have two full-time jobs, have perfect children and cook three meals and be multi-orgasmic ’til dawn … Superwoman is the adversary of the women’s movement.”
  • “Bill like a man.”
  • “My hope, of course, is that we won’t have to play by these archaic rules forever and that eventually we can all just be ourselves.”
  • “Sometimes I wonder what it would be like to go through life without being labeled by my gender. I don’t wake up thinking, What am I going to do today as Facebook’s female COO?, but that’s often how I’m referred to by others. When people talk about a female pilot, a female engineer, or a female race car driver, the word “female” implies a bit of surprise.”
  • “Men are allowed to be focused on their own achievements, while loyalty is expected from women.”
  • “In order to protect ourselves from being disliked, we question our abilities and downplay our achievements, especially in the presence of others. We put ourselves down before others can.”
  • “Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.”
  • “If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship you don’t ask what seat. You just get on.”
  • “It is time to cheer on girls and women who want to sit at the table, seek challenges and lean in to their careers.”
  • “We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.”
  • “Knowing that things could be worse should not stop us from trying to make them better.”