October 17, 2019

Develop Your Voice, Not Your Brand

Sheryl Sandberg describes some thoughts on her career and her life.
Some of the takeaways include:


  1. Dream Long, Plan Short: Especially in the early days. It’s about what you help other people accomplish and about what you learn. You invest in yourself. You invest in the success of your teams.”  If you try to plan out your entire career, you may miss a lot of the good stuff as many of the things you could work on have not even been invented yet.
  2. Find Your Rocket Ship: Sandberg describes her interaction with Eric Schmidt, then COO of Google and his advice to her as: “This is a rocket ship. When you get offered a seat on the rocket ship, you don’t ask what seat.”
  3. Get Your Hands Dirty: “Once you have a job, counsels Sandberg, work hard. “All the stuff out there on grit and determination and working on things that are challenging is all true,” she says. “There’s no substitute for hard work. I have a poster in my office that I got from [Starbucks founder] Howard Schultz of two dirty hands. It says the future belongs to those of us still willing to get our hands dirty. Do something you care about and get your hands dirty doing it. You’ll be able to do anything, I promise.”
  4. Be a Voice, Not a Brand: Figure out what’s important to you and be willing to use your voice for that purpose.

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