Isn’t it funny how a simple event in your life can turn into an incredible journey?
My husband David came home one day and told me about an interesting man who had just done a guest appearance on Sirius’ Springsteen Channel.
Professor Stewart Friedman of the Wharton School of Business engaged his audience by talking about all things Bruce, as well as Springsteen’s innate leadership skills. Being a devout Springsteen fan, my husband was immediately intrigued.
Throughout his segment, Friedman took time to promote his new leadership book, Leading the Life You Want. In his work, Friedman highlights various leadership profiles by presenting six formidable, inspiring, and diverse characters—Springsteen being one of them.
Afterward, David decided to read Friedman’s book. One personality stood out: Sheryl Sandberg.
For some reason, Sandberg’s profile struck a chord so David decided to Google Sandberg for further research. That’s when he came across her TED Talk “Why we have too few women leaders.” After watching her video, he asked me to come see it for myself.
I was captivated!
In her 14-minute talk, Sandberg was able to touch on many aspects that resonated deeply with me. The challenges of being a working mother, achieving work-life balance, and the dangers of perfectionism were all elements I was all too familiar with.
After Sandberg’s talk, the light went on, and I knew I wanted to know more about women empowerment issues. This topic became my focus as well as my new professional passion. Hungry for more knowledge, I read Sandberg’s book, Lean In, as well as numerous other empowerment manifestos.
Today, I am still on my self-leadership journey. Each day, I learn and grow. Each day, I struggle, like many women, to maintain balance in my life. Each day, I strive to avoid perfectionism and be happy with the results of giving my all.
What I have learned in the last few years is priceless. To be able to be all things to the ones you love, you must first be kind to yourself and, above all else, be true to yourself.
This is not a dress rehearsal.