Sheryl Sandberg’s a role model for anyone—yes, women and men—who aspire to be successful. As Facebook COO, Lean In: Woman, Work, and the Will to Succeed author, and the first woman to sit on Facebook’s board, she’s learned plenty of lessons along her journey—and has faced many struggles throughout it all.
In honor of her awesomeness, we’ve pulled 23 of her best quotes to help motivate you. So, whether you’re looking for some inspiration to reach your career goals or just need a quick pick-me-up to power through your to-do list, check these out.
What would you do if you weren’t afraid?
Being confident and believing in your own self-worth is necessary to achieving your potential.
We hold ourselves back in ways both big and small, by lacking self-confidence, by not raising our hands, and by pulling back when we should be leaning in.
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.
It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.
Trying to do it all and expecting that it all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.
Every woman I know, particularly the senior ones, has been called too aggressive at work. We know in gender blind studies that men are more aggressive in their offices than women. We know that. Yet we’re busy telling all the women that they’re too aggressive. That’s the issue.
I think when tragedy occurs, it presents a choice. You can give in to the void, the emptiness that fills your heart, your lungs, constricts your ability to think or even breathe. Or you can try to find meaning.
I feel really grateful to the people who encouraged me and helped me develop. Nobody can succeed on their own.
Taking initiative pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.
Knowing that things could be worse should not stop us from trying to make them better.
If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.
Bring your whole self to work. I don’t believe we have a professional self Monday through Friday and a real self the rest of the time. It is all professional and it is all personal.
Leadership is not bullying and leadership is not aggression. Leadership is the expectation that you can use your voice for good. That you can make the world a better place.
When you’re more valuable, the people around you will do more to make it work.
We need women at all levels, including the top, to change the dynamic, reshape the conversation, to make sure women’s voices are heard and heeded, not overlooked and ignored.
Leadership belongs to those who take it.
Feeling confident—or pretending that you feel confident—is necessary to reach for opportunities. It’s a cliché, but opportunities are rarely offered; they’re seized.
If I had to embrace a definition of success, it would be that success is making the best choices we can…and accepting them.
We cannot change what we are not aware of, and once we are aware, we cannot help but change.
The ability to learn is the most important quality a leader can have.
The upside of painful knowledge is so much greater than the downside of blissful ignorance.
If you do please everyone, you are not making enough progress.
TopicsInspiring Women , Motivation , Inspiration , Women in Tech , Syndication , Quotes , Career Advice
A UNC-Wilmington grad born and raised in North Carolina, Kaitlyn always knew she would end up in NYC to pursue writing. As a summer editorial intern, she contributes career advice to The Muse. In addition, she also writes for other publications, such as USA TODAY College, Her Campus, and The Huffington Post. You can find her searching the city for the best eats, binge-watching Netflix, or catching up with friends at dinner. Say hi on Twitter @KaitlynRussell_More from this Author