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Sheryl Sandberg Quotes

Sheryl Facebook COO

Sheryl Sandberg quotes: Facebook COO’s most millionaire advice.

“Believe in yourself and negotiate for yourself.  Own your own success.”

“Fortune does favor the bold and you’ll never know what you’re capable of if you don’t try.”

“Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.”

“Feeling confident – or pretending that you feel confident – is necessary to reach for opportunities.  It’s a cliche, but opportunities are rarely offered; they’re seized.”

“Speak up.  Believe in yourself.  Take risks.”

“We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves.  The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents, and interests.”

“There is no perfect fit when you’re looking for the next big thing to do.  You have to take opportunities and make an opportunity fit for you, rather than the other way around.”

“Motivation comes from working on things we care about.  It also comes from working with people we care about.”

“Careers are a jungle gym, not a ladder.”

“Social gains are never handed out.  They must be seized.”

“Knowing that things could be worse should not stop us from trying to make them better.”

“I learned that when life pulls you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface, and breathe again.”

“I learned that in the face of a void or in the face of any challenge, you can choose joy and meaning.”

“We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.”

“Build your skills, not your resume.”

“Done is better than perfect.”

“It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution.  It’s also a very clear path to happiness.”

“You are not born with a fixed amount of resilience.  Like a muscle, you can build it up, draw on it when you need it.  In that process you will figure out who you really are – and you just might become the very best version of yourself.”

“Finding gratitude and appreciation is key to resilience.  People who take the time to list things they are grateful for are happier and healthier.”

“Build resilience in yourselves.  When tragedy or disappointment strike, know that you have the ability to get through absolutely anything.  I promise you do.  As the saying goes, ‘We are more vulnerable than we ever thought, but we are stronger than we ever imagined.'”

“No one gets to the top, if they sit on the sidelines, or if they don’t believe in themselves.”

“Leadership is about making others better as a result of your presence and making sure that impact lasts in your absence.”

“Leadership is not bullying and leadership is not aggression.  Leadership is the expectation that you can use your voice for good.  That you can make the world a better place.”

“The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.”

“You need to feel that you’re making a difference.”

“Taking initiative pays off.  It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.”

“Trying to do it all and expecting it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment.  Perfection is the enemy.”

“The upside of painful knowledge is so much greater than the downside of blissful ignorance.”

“Not everything that happens to us happens because of us.”

“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat.  Just get on.”

“The best antidote to bad speech is good speech.  The best antidote to hate is tolerance.”

“The easy days ahead of you will be easy.  It is the hard days – the times that challenge you to your very core – that will determine who you are.  You will be defined not just by what you achieve, but by how you survive.”

“Your life’s course will not be determined by doing the things that you are certain you can do.  Those are the easy things.  It will be determined by whether you try the things that are hard.”

“Not taking failures personally allows us to recover – and even to thrive.”

“We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.”

“Just as our bodies have a physiological immune system, our brains have a psychological immune system – and there are steps you can take to help kick it into gear.”

“Bring your whole self to work.  I don’t believe we have a professional self Monday through Friday and a real self the rest of the time.  It is all professional and it is all personal.”

“Every woman I know, particularly the senior ones, has been called too aggressive at work.  We know in gender blind studies that men are more aggressive in their offices than women.  We know that.  Yet we’re busy telling all the women that they’re too aggressive.  That’s the issue.”

“Until women are as ambitious as men, they’re not gong to achieve as much as men.”

“For any of us in this room today, let’s start out by admitting we’re lucky.  We don’t live in the world our mothers lived in, our grandmothers lived in, where career choices for women were so limited.”

“We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.”

“When you look at successful women, they have other women who have supported them, and they’ve gotten to where they are because of those women.”

“If more women are in leadership roles, we’ll stop assuming they shouldn’t be.”

“The time is long overdue to encourage more women to dream the possible dream.”

“In the future, there will be no female leaders.  There will just be leaders.”

“I have never met a woman, or man, who stated emphatically, ‘Yes, I have it all.’  Because no matter what any of us has – and how grateful we are for what we have – no one has it all.”

“When it comes time to settle down, find someone who wants an equal partner.  Someone who thinks women should be smart, opinionated, and ambitious.  Someone who values fairness and expects, or even better, wants, to do his share in the home.  These men exist and, trust me, over time, nothing is sexier.”

“Everyone knows that marriage is the biggest personal decision you make, but it’s the biggest career decision you can make.  Partner with the right person, because you cannot have a full career and a full life at home with the children if you are also doing all the housework and childcare.”

“I feel really grateful to the people who encouraged me and helped me develop.  Nobody can succeed on their own.”

“Let me fall if I must fall.  The one I become will catch me.”

“We find our humanity – our will to live and our ability to love – in our connections to one another.  Be there for your family and friends.  And I mean, in person.  Not just in a message with a heart emoji.”

“We leave people alone when they need us most.”

“We need to help people of all circumstance overcome the things in their life.”

“Grief comes and goes, it ebbs and flows.  I think one of the lessons of this for me is that there’s no one way to grieve.  Everyone does it in their own way, in their own time, and we all process life and its challenges and its ups and downs as they come.”

“Grief affects job performance, so giving workers time off to grieve can lead to stronger outcomes at work.”

“I hope you find true meaning, contentment, and passion in your life.  I hope you navigate the difficult times and come out with greater strength and resolve.  I hope you find whatever balance you seek with your eyes wide open.  And I hope that you – yes, you – have the ambition to lean in to your career and run the world.  Because the world needs you to change it.”

“Every day is a gift.”

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