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Susan Wojcicki Quotes

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Susan Wojcicki quotes: YouTube CEO schools us about tech, gender, leadership, dealing with change, and more.

“Work smart.  Get things done.  No nonsense.  Move fast.”

“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.”

“Positive thinking will let you do everything better than negative thinking will.”

“If you are working 24/7, you’re not going to have any interesting ideas.”

“Rarely are opportunities presented to you in a perfect way.  In a nice little box with a yellow bow on top.  ‘Here, open it, it’s perfect.  You’ll love it.’  Opportunities – the good ones – are messy, confusing, and hard to recognize.  They’re risky.  They challenge you.”

“Don’t over-plan your life.  Joining Google when I was four months pregnant was a bit of a leap, but sometimes you have to do the right thing for you right now.”

“The gift of fantasy has meant more to me than my talent for absorbing positive knowledge.”

“If you’re not making mistakes, then you’re not doing anything.  I’m positive that a doer makes mistakes.”

“I have had a lot of setbacks that I have learned from.”

“Growth is always essential.  Running any tech company, you want to make sure you’re growing.  Putting in place all of the right structure to be able to ensure growth.”

“The reason I like my job is that I have this desire to create.  I have this desire to create things and build things, and Google has enabled me to build and create things and to build products that are used by people all over the globe.”

“I love taking an idea to a prototype and then to a product that millions of people use.”

“I have tried to be a leader.  I have tried in my role of being one of the first women at Google, let alone the first woman to have a baby, to really try to set the tone that this is a great place to work for diversity reasons.”

“First there’s my role just as an executive being responsible for advertising, regardless of gender.  I think that’s a position that I take seriously.  That’s the first role.  But I think for my role as a woman at Google, you try to set a good example and be a role model for the other women in the organization.”

“What’s important is that I do my job really well, that I build great products and that I’m a great leader.  All those things matter independent of gender.  But I do think there’s a responsibility for me to support other women at Google.”

“At the end of the day, both men and women who become CEOs have showed tenacity and hard work to succeed in their careers.  It takes not just skills but also extreme dedication and commitment.  And regardless of gender, CEOs are measured by the same criteria – the growth and success of the business.”

“Engineering is a jeans and hoodie culture, and sales is more formal.”

“Things are always changing.  Part of being successful here is being comfortable with not knowing what’s going to happen.”

“From phones to cars to medicine, technology touches every part of our lives.  If you can create technology, you can change the world.”

“I’m excited about the opportunities with mobile phones and being able to receive information on the go and relevant to what I’m doing at that moment in time.”

“The great thing about the internet is you can launch a product, and within just a few hours, people will tell you what they think about it.”

“In the old world, people used to have to go to focus groups and ask people what they thought.  Now, people are writing all over the web what they think about things.”

“Advertising is very simple in a lot of ways.  Advertisers go where the users go, and users are choosing to spend a lot more time online.  Advertising is a very fundamental need, so I don’t think it’s going to go away.”

“People at different stages of their lives are doing different things, and they’re all using Google.”

“YouTube has so much great content.  And it really has something for everybody.  And people come up to me all the time and talk to me about how YouTube has changed their life, how they’ve been able to learn something they didn’t think they could learn.”

“Today, most young women are exposed to technology at a very young age, with mobile phones, tablets, the web, or social media.  They are much more proficient with technology than prior generations since they use it for all their school work, communication, and entertainment.”

“Many women assume they can’t be good mothers and have challenging careers at the same time, so they might give up trying to do both as they get to a crucial point in their career.  Although it can be hard at times, it’s important for women to recognize the benefits of working outside the home.”

“If everybody has to take biology and chemistry, they can take computer science.  Computer science is a more useful skill right now than a lot of other things that people are learning at school.”

“It’s important for me to show my children the richness of life and be a role model.  I find that my organizational and management skills are tested more at home than at work!”

“Your kids get something from your career, and your career will get something from your kids.”

“I think about my own career, and when I graduated from college, the internet didn’t really exist yet.  And so not having a specific plan, being able to be opportunistic at the end, is what enabled me to make some of my best decisions, which is to go to places that were growing but that I didn’t plan to have happen.”

“Google is fascinating, and the book isn’t finished.  I’m creating, living, building, and writing those chapters.”

“I do believe we’re all connected.  I do believe in positive energy.  I do believe in the power of prayer.  I do believe in putting good out into the world.  And I believe in taking care of each other.”

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