Women need to shift from thinking “I’m not ready to do that” to thinking “I want to do that – and I’ll learn by doing it.”
Lean In. Women, Work, And the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg.
Out of all the advice, anecdotes, and facts that this book contains, the above idea stood out to me the most. In my life I feel like this has hindered me from putting myself out there and trying new things. And that should really stop now.
I chose this book to start the year off because it was gifted to me by a dear friend of mine (she also highly recommended it.) As a woman with a support team of smart, talented, go-getter female friends, there is nothing better than reading about how we can achieve even greater things if we both support each other and learn to push past the obstacles that a male dominated society puts in front of us.
In my opinion, the book itself is easy to understand and is not at all boring. Her personal anecdotes make for some good life lessons and you (woman OR man) learn about many things that can hinder progress for womankind without people even realizing it. The knowledge to be gained from this book is important.
After reading this book my advice to women is this: don’t be afraid to go for it because no one else can do what you do and you SHOULD share it with the world.
I think it’s also important to note that this book is written by a white woman, and women of color have had other types of issues they’ve had to deal with in the working world.