Tuesday, June 25, 2013

Will You Lean In?

I'm sure y'all have heard of Sheryl Sandberg's book, Lean In.  At first, I was hesitant to give into the hype.  Would it be worth the money?  Would I regret reading Lean In and wish I had read one of the other ninety books on my to-read list?  Once I saw Lean In in my sister's nook library, I knew that I had no reason to not start the book.  I wouldn't have to pay, and if I didn't like it, I wouldn't feel guilty if I gave up.

From the very first chapter, "The Leadership Ambition Gap" I was hooked.  In Sheryl Sandberg's terms, I was leaning in.  The subtitle of the first chapter really drew me in.  "What would you do if you weren't afraid?"  I don't think a single sentence has ever made me think so much.  Really...if you could do anything without fear or failure, what would you do?!

Obviously I'm not going to discuss every point in the book...mainly because I think each and every one of you should pick up a copy and dig in.  But there are a few more quotes that really stuck out to me that I thought I'd share!  This is one of the few books that I've read for pleasure that I was constantly copying down quotes or "highlighting" them on my nook.  I'm used to doing that when I read books for school, but I rarely do it in books I'm reading for fun.  

Sandberg said "Even among highly educated and professional men and women, more men than women describe themselves as 'ambitious.'"  She went on to say that "Many women still see ambition as a dirty word."  I had to pick my jaw up from the floor when I read this.  Although I know that it is completely true, I just wish it wasn't!  Maybe it's because I went to an all-girls high school and now I go to a womens' college, but I've never felt like men were superior to me.  I know that's because I've never been in a position where I could feel this way, but I'm not complaining.

This is only my first of many Lean In posts (I don't want to write so much that no one reads it!), but I thought I'd leave y'all today with an iPhone background for a little daily inspiration.

Have you read Lean In?  I'd love to talk to you about it!  I'm bursting to the seams with excitement.  I'm hoping to read the first chapter with the Sweet Briar chapter of NeW next semester.



  1. Wow! Sounds great. Maybe I'll try and read it before I start the school year so that I can help inspire and work with my students - including those who need to hear the question "What would you do if you weren't afraid?"

  2. Love this post Becca. If I didn't know better I would say you went to girls high. Glad linden hall gave you the same experience I had. You have convinced me I need to read this book.