Book Review

Lean in by Cheryl Sandberg

One question I always ask myself: what would you do if you were not afraid?

I came to a point whereby I wonder what it means to be a woman in a world full of plastic: bottles, surgery, etc.

I wake up and wonder how fair we are when we give birth. As much as life can be beautiful at times, I have been coming across a lot of pressures that one has to navigate or adopt in order to survive.

In the hype of happiness and positive psychology, I struggle to meet someone who is truly happy.

Instead of thinking about how one can flourish, one puts time, energy, and money in order to live decently but also push away so many distractions and hatred.

You will notice with minimal effort how we live in a polluted environment, how our food is processed, how we have virtual friends and followers, how we make up our faces and forget to make up our minds.

I am not a big fan of Cheryl Sandberg. One of the reasons is that she is too involved in the corporate world that I happen to know quite well. It does not impress me anymore.

Yet, when I read Sandberg’s book, Lean In, I was quite inspired. Few are the women who live with no fear. I am not one of them.

I am haunted by the fear to fail, the fear to be rejected, and the fear to miss out. Death does not frighten me. However I fear to lose my sanity.

Lean In is a management guide. And this is not what I will be writing about. As much as it contains practical suggestions for sailing through the challenges that arise in career advancement (the author describes as a “jungle gym”), this is not what I liked about the book.

Overall this is a book that I consider as a must-read. It is written with plenty of wisdom and humor. The author speaks about the professional fight women continue to have to realize their dreams. Additionally, she writes in a very subtle way about her personal life and experience. This is an aspect that one cannot and should not discount. Sandberg details her views on mentorship, on partnership, on truth; and my favorite chapter is about the “myth of doing it all”.

In all cases, for those who do not know, Sandberg is the COO of Facebook and this is not her only book. She has co-authored a book with Adam Grant called the Option B.

And you, what would you do if you were not afraid?

If you have an answer, read this book. It is a call for action.

For more information about Lean In, check these links out.

Sandberg famous and fiery talk: https://www.ted.com/talks/sheryl_sandberg_why_we_have_too_few_women_leaders?language=en

My favorite review for this book: https://www.washingtonpost.com/blogs/she-the-people/wp/2014/02/25/recline-dont-lean-in-why-i-hate-sheryl-sandberg/?noredirect=on&utm_term=.2048cb18978b

About Sandberg organization: https://leanin.org

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