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Lean In and Playing Big

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I have to admit, that I’m not always good at reading books, they really have to grab my interest or I’ll just get bored. The two books that I’m reading at the moment have really grabbed by interest. I read Lean In, in a couple of days and I’m well into reading Playing Big. 

Lean In – Women, Work and the Will to Lead by Sheryl Sandberg.

I finished this recently and, I know it’s a cliché, but I found it inspirational. As I read through it, I started to agree and connect with some of the things that Sheryl was talking about. Several parts of it I underlined, for future reference and for my daughter to read before she returns to work after her maternity leave.

It’s a very easy book to read, which is probably why I found it so interesting and managed to read the entire book. It’s one that you can pick up and put down. But read it, you really must.

Here’s a couple of quotes that I underlined in the book for my own personal reference. 

” Women need to shift from thinking. I’m not ready to do that, to thinking, I want to do that – and I’ll learn by doing it”

Sheryl says “One of my favourite quotes comes from author Alice Walker, who observed, The most common way people give up their power is by thinking they don’t have any.”

 

After reading Lean In, Karen Skidmore recommend I also read;

Playing Big – A Practical Guide for Brilliant Women Like you by Tara Mohr.

Right off the bat in Chapter One, it becomes a mind set changer. It certainly has for me. Connecting and recognising your inner critic and giving him/her a name. I’ve yet to name mine, but I know who she is and why she’s pulling me down. She used to be the voice on my shoulder that says Can’t be bothered, you’re not good enough, what’s the point.

Well, I’ve got news for you, my inner critic. After looking into the future and visualising meeting with you, as suggested by Tara. I can be bothered, I am good enough and there is a point.  I don’t want to end up like you.

Reading the book you will discover that the most confident of women have an inner critic that they’re constantly fighting against.

Have you read either of these books. What did you think of them? Has it changed your way of thinking or working? I’d love to hear your thoughts.

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