Samantha Chic: Good Reads: "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg


Good Reads: "Lean In" by Sheryl Sandberg

I was skeptical about this book at first because it's gotten a lot of press -- both good and bad. But I decided to try it out and had to wait several months before I could finally get it from my local library. After completion, I've decided it's a must-read for every woman out there.

I found that Sheryl's tone (Yes, I'm referring to her in the first-person because after reading this book, I feel like I know her) was encouraging and uplifting, not condescending. She offered tips on how to make the most of the opportunities given to you and maximize your experiences to achieve the greatest overall outcome, whatever your goals may be in life.

The biggest point to emphasis is that whether you dream of breaking glass ceilings or raising your children as a stay at home mom always do it to the best of your ability. Sheryl encourages women to lean in to all opportunities -- work related and not.

Keep reading for quotes and advice from the book.

"Given how fast the world moves today, grabbing opportunities is more important than ever...And increasingly, opportunities are not well defined, but, instead, come from someone jumping in to do something. That something then becomes his job."

This, to me, is something that is becoming increasingly normal as our economy continually struggles to bounce back from the 2008 recession. It's all about supply-and-demand and currently there is an influx in supply of people who need jobs and a decreased demand of people actually hiring. Even if you have a job and you're looking to move up the ladder, how do you make the jump and not fail? By grabbing at every opportunity, whether you're qualified for it or not, that is presented to you. My thoughts here is at the very least you'll be learning new skills as well as areas where you need to improve so that when the "next big opportunity" does present itself, you'll be ready.

"All through my life, culturally reinforced signals cautioned me against being branded as too smart or too successful. It starts young. As a girl, you know that being smart is good in lots of ways, but it doesn't make you particularly popular or attractive to boys. In school, I was called the 'smartest girl in the class.' I hated that description. Who wants to go to prom with the smartest girl in class?"

I'm just going to throw this one out there -- I graduated high school as valedictorian and did not get asked to prom. That's not to say I didn't go. I did, with my best guy friend from another school, and had a blast. Even still today though, I rarely mention that I was valedictorian because you get those looks like "Oh, you're one of those people." So this part really hit home and I think it's a shame. I watched a lot of girls hold back on their potential and purposely dumb themselves down in high school just to get a boyfriend or be in with the popular crowd. We need to encourage and champion the girls who are smart and showing up the boys just because they can instead of making them feel insecure or embarassed about their talents. When girls hold themselves back, it's a form of saying "I'm not good enough" and self-sabotaging by creating an uneven playing field from the very beginning.

"The new normal means that there are just not enough hours in the day. For years, I attempted to solve this problem by skipping on sleep, a common but often counterproductive approach. I realized my mistake partially from observing my children and seeing how a happy child can melt into a puddle of tears when he's shy a couple hours of sleep. It turns out that adults aren't much different."

It has taken my years to realize that I need a routine and I need good sleep each and every night. All throughout college and my first few years of adulthood, I regularly skipped sleep to either keep up with work or a social life. I lamented that one of three always had to give -- work/college, sleep or a social life. I just recently started to adopt a routine and still haven't perfected it. While I do feel guilty sometimes going to bed at 10 p.m. when I know, for instance, my boyfriend is still up working, I've found that overall I'm more focused and better prepared throughout the day. Those 8 to 9 hours of sleep may seem like a "luxury," but they're now a necessity in my book because I'm becoming a more patient, understanding and productive colleague, girlfriend, friend, sister and daughter.

There's are just a few of my favorite points from the book. What did you like best?

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