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What would you do if you weren’t afraid?

A friend posted this on Facebook and I’m glad I read it :) 

Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg gave the commencement address at Barnard.  Not sure I agree with the whole inequality issue, but I do believe in the core message that people don’t just give up on their dreams one day.  They make little decisions to give up on them each day that they decide not to challenge themselves.  Read more: http://www.businessinsider.com/facebook-coo-sanbderg-the-women-of-my-generation-blew-it-so-equality-is-up-to-you-graduates-2011-5#ixzz1MpxpmIkG

You’re going to have to believe in yourself potentially more than you do today. If you ask men and women questions about completely objective criteria such as GPAs or sales goals, men get it wrong slightly high; women get it wrong slightly low. Ask a woman why she did well on something, and she’ll say, “I got lucky. All of these great people helped me. I worked really hard.” Ask a man and he’ll say or think, “What a dumb question. I’m awesome.” So women need to take a page from men and own their own success.
I hope that you—yes, you—each and every one of you have the ambition to run the world, because this world needs you to run it. 

I know that’s a big challenge and responsibility, a really daunting task, but you can do it. So go home tonight and ask yourselves, “What would I do if I weren’t afraid?” And then go do it. Congratulations, 2011.




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