Friday, December 20, 2013

Lean In... by Sheryl Sandberg

Rating - 5/5

One line for the book: A must-read for everyone, especially women

About the book: Sheryl Sandberg explains why there are very few women in leadership, and what we can do to change it.

What I love about the book: The book catches the pulse of all women. There were many instances where I felt ‘OMG! I thought I was the only one’. By making women be aware of the common fears and concerns they have, the author confronts women to fight against them.

What I did not like about the book: The last chapter was slightly boring.

What I learned from the book: Plenty of things. I hope I put down all of them.
  • It’s never too late to find the right partner. Do not jump into a marriage because of peer pressure. Take your time to find the Mr.Right who meets all your expectations. “By that time, all the good ones will be taken” is a myth.
  • Never shy away to express your queries or concerns even if you are not asked to. Make a place for yourself in the corporate world.
  • Make your partner a true partner. Share your household work equally, or at least as much as is comfortable for you. What you practice in the initial days of your marriage becomes the norm. So, the sooner you set up the ‘who does what’ schedule, the better.
  • When men are successful in their career, they are appreciated. When women are successful in their career, they are perceived as aggressive, not concerned about family, and so on. Women are expected to be nice.
  • The myth of doing it all – This one struck me the hardest. Every woman wants to become a super woman. By realizing that it’s impossible, by letting go of the less important things, women can learn to appreciate themselves for the real hard work that they are doing. The problem is, we always focus on what we haven’t achieved that we forget to appreciate ourselves for what we have achieved. 

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