Sheryl Sandberg Says This Is the Important Career Advice She Ever Got

If you happen to be playing the "Who has the most impressive resume?" game, Sheryl Sandberg is hard to beat. Facebook. Google. The U.S. Treasury Department. McKinsey & Company. The World Bank.
Clearly she knows how to build and grow a career -- but that doesn't mean her choices were always automatic. When Sandberg was offered the job to be Google's general manager, she gave serious consideration to turning it down.
So what advice did Google's Eric Schmidt give her?
"Stop being an idiot. All that matters is growth."
Sandberg says that's the best advice she ever got -- partly because technology is a growth industry, but also because it meant Sandberg herself would grow: new skills, new connections, new perspectives... 
And the same advice applies to you.
Say you want to start a business. You may never create the perfect business plan. You may never find the perfect partners. Or the perfect market. Or the perfect location.
But you can find the perfect time to start your business -- because that time is now.
Or say you want to start the process of changing careers. You may leave behind perceived security (although is any job ever truly secure?) You may leave behind connections and "tenure."
But you can find the perfect time to start changing your career -- because that time is now.
Why? By choosing to start, you choose to grow: You choose to grow even more skilled. You choose to grow even more experienced. You choose to grow even more connected.
Consistently choose to grow, and in time you'll have all the skills, knowledge, and connections you need.
Success is never guaranteed, but when you don't choose to grow, you're almost certainly guaranteed to fail. 
Whenever you have a choice to make, choose to grow.
That's one choice you will never regret.
Powered by Blogger.