35 Quotes by Sheryl Sandberg

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Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook. She is an activist, author and founder of leanin.org. She is the first women to become a member of board of directors of Facebook in 2012. Before Facebook, she was Vice President of Global Online Sales and Operations at Google.

In 2012, she was named in Times Magazine as one of the top 100 most influential people in the world. She attained a net worth of over US $1 billion.


35 Quotes by Sheryl Sandberg:

1. “We can each define ambition and progress for ourselves. The goal is to work toward a world where expectations are not set by the stereotypes that hold us back, but by our personal passion, talents and interests.” – Sheryl Sandberg

2. “I wish I could just go tell all the young women I work with, all these fabulous women, ‘Believe in yourself and negotiate for yourself. Own your own success.’ I wish I could tell that to my daughter. But it’s not that simple.” – Sheryl Sandberg

3. “I tell people in their careers, ‘Look for growth. Look for the teams that are growing quickly. Look for the companies that are doing well. Look for a place where you feel that you can have a lot of impact.'” – Sheryl Sandberg

4. “It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.” – Sheryl Sandberg

5. “For any of us in this room today, let’s start out by admitting we’re lucky. We don’t live in the world our mothers lived in, our grandmothers lived in, where career choices for women were so limited.” – Sheryl Sandberg

6. “Every company I know is looking for more women at the table. Every board is looking for more women at the table. There’s a reason why men want to understand the challenges women face, address them, because then they’re going to be better hirers, attracters and retainers of women.” – Sheryl Sandberg

7. “Most people assume that women are responsible for households and child care. Most couples operate that way – not all. That fundamental assumption holds women back.” – Sheryl Sandberg

8. “What works for men does not always work for women, because success and likability are positively correlated for men and negatively correlated for women. That’s what the research shows. As a man gets more successful, everyone is rooting for him. As a woman gets more successful, both men and women like her less.” – Sheryl Sandberg

9. “I don’t pretend there aren’t biological differences, but I don’t believe the desire for leadership is hardwired biology, not the desire to win or excel. I believe that it’s socialization, that we’re socializing our daughters to nurture and our boys to lead.” – Sheryl Sandberg

10. “Only you can decide that, and you’ll have to decide it over and over and over. But if you think it’s a rat race, before you drop out, take a deep breath. Maybe you picked the wrong job. Try again. And then try again.” – Sheryl Sandberg

11. “Until women are as ambitious as men, they’re not going to achieve as much as men.” – Sheryl Sandberg

12. “I really think we need more women to lean into their careers and to be really dedicated to staying in the work force.” – Sheryl Sandberg

13. “I’m not telling women to be like men. I’m telling us to evaluate what men and women do in the workforce and at home without the gender bias.” – Sheryl Sandberg

14. “I have never worked for a woman, and I have never worked with a lot of women.” – Sheryl Sandberg

15. “When you’re more valuable, the people around you will do more to make it work.” – Sheryl Sandberg

16. “I would be better at my job if I were technical.” – Sheryl Sandberg

17. “I go around the room and ask people, ‘What do you think?'” – Sheryl Sandberg

18. “I want my daughter to have the choice to not just succeed, but to be liked for her accomplishments.” – Sheryl Sandberg

19. “So there’s no such thing as work-life balance. There’s work, and there’s life, and there’s no balance.” – Sheryl Sandberg

20. “I want to tell any young girl out there who’s a geek, I was a really serious geek in high school. It works out. Study harder.” – Sheryl Sandberg

21. “But I really believe that when you give people authentic identity, which is what Facebook does, and you can be your real self and connect with real people online, things will change.” – Sheryl Sandberg

22. “What I tell everyone, and I really do for myself is, I have a long-run dream, which is I want to work on stuff that I think matters.” – Sheryl Sandberg

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23. “In fact, my New Year’s resolution every year, and I’m Jewish so I get two New Years a year, is to meditate, and I fail every time.” – Sheryl Sandberg

24. “Success, for me, is that if my son chooses to be a stay-at-home parent, he is cheered on for that decision. And if my daughter chooses to work outside the home and is successful, she’s cheered on and supported.” – Sheryl Sandberg

25. “When I was in high school, I was voted most likely to succeed.” – Sheryl Sandberg

26. “If more women are in leadership roles, we’ll stop assuming they shouldn’t be.” – Sheryl Sandberg

27. “I probably shouldn’t admit this since I work in the tech industry, but I still prefer reading paper books.” – Sheryl Sandberg

28. “At Facebook, we try to be a strengths-based organization, which means we try to make jobs fit around people rather than make people fit around jobs. We focus on what people’s natural strengths are and spend our management time trying to find ways for them to use those strengths every day.” – Sheryl Sandberg

29. “I really don’t have any plan to leave Facebook. I put it so many times on the record, and I just don’t get what to do to say it as clear as possible: I’m staying in Facebook; I really love my job.” – Sheryl Sandberg

30. “I would love to meet J.K. Rowling and tell her how much I admire her writing and am amazed by her imagination. I read every ‘Harry Potter’ book as it came out and looked forward to each new one. I am rereading them now with my kids and enjoying them every bit as much. She made me look at jelly beans in a whole new way.” – Sheryl Sandberg

31. “I believe if we had half our companies and half our countries run by women, and half our homes run by men, things would be better.” – Sheryl Sandberg

32. “There are really good reasons to leave the workforce or work less or take a different job when you want to be with your children. I just want women – and men – to make that choice once they have the child. Not years in advance, because… they don’t get the right opportunities. They give up before they even start.” – Sheryl Sandberg

33. “She(mother) raised me and my sister to believe that we could do anything, and we believed her.” – Sheryl Sandberg

34. “I spent most of my career in business not saying the word ‘woman.’ Because if you say the word ‘woman’ in a business context, and often in a political context, the person on the other side of the table thinks you’re about to sue them or ask for special treatment, right?” – Sheryl Sandberg

35. “I think it is too hard for men to talk about gender. We have to let men talk about this… because we need men to talk about this if it is ever going to change.” – Sheryl Sandberg

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  1. Mamta Sharma says:

    Too good and encouraging . Success don”t have any short cut , hard work is needed for that .

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