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The Five Times I’ve Leaned In Hardest

Posted by on Jul 2, 2013 | 13 comments

Despite some of the predictable criticisms of Sheryl Sandburg’s Lean In: Women, Work, and the Will to Lead, I personally found a lot of value in it, which inspired me to share my story.

To me, Lean In is really about going for it, in every way, no matter how you define your “it” – an empowering message that I think many people are missing.  Leaning in is being fearless about your future and ambitious about your goals, but without over-planning yourself into a bind that ends up holding you back. Much of Sheryl’s success, and my own too, is about being nimble and trusting your instincts, even when it scares you to death and you aren’t exactly sure what you are doing or where you are headed. As one of my favorite DMB songs goes, “If you hold on tight to what you think is your thing, you may find you’re missing all the rest.”

I am sharing what leaning in has looked like for me in very specific ways. These are the five biggest decisions I’ve made in the last fifteen years that I believe have had a direct impact on my professional success, some of which are very personal and that I have never discussed before publicly.

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