Today I am wanting to shed light on “Lean In”, the book I am reading. First and foremost, I am thoroughly enjoying the book. It is a great read and I have gained a large amount of knowledge about leadership roles in America. It has opened my eyes to the need of women leaders for our great nation. My favorite quotes from this book is “Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.” This was a a saying used at Googlewhen they were a startup. The author also speaks of a poster hanging on the walls inside Facebook that stated, “Done is better than perfect”. I will forever remember this quote while ‘hacking my education’. I tend to be OCD about things and this is a reminder that it doesn’t have to be perfect… Just do it!
The key points that stand out for me thus far are as followed.
- Having confidence in your leadership abilities.
- Working with your peers to break the gender bias.
- Taking a leap of faith to do what it takes to become the leader you want to be.
- Learning to withstand criticism is a necessity for women and learning to control emotions. Although she suggest that you do let your emotions show on some issues that you feel passionate about.
For those that do not know Sheryl Sanburg is Chief Operating Officer (COO) at Facebook. One of the 14% of women that are in leadership. She dedicates two chapters to family and husbands. Making sure your marriage is 50/50….bragging rights… I got lucky or as I tell him, he got lucky 😉 My partner in life does help with family, leadership roles, chores, homework, cooking and bills, etc. This of course on top of his full-time career and part career where he is a Professor at UMUC and now my mentor. I feel as though I married Superman! So that makes me Superwoman right?!
So am I leaning in? I believe so.. There is no perfect time to lean in.. you have to have faith. I am creating my own opportunities right now by #hackingmyeducation at 33 because I want to challenge myself. Moreover, a career in coding and help change the future of education for myself and my children. I am now curious about every aspect of coding. Here is a good article on why stay-at-home mothers should learn to code. And I am even more motivated now that I have a daughter.