Watching this TED Talk has been on my To-Watch list for much too long, and tonight I got around to it.
The thoughts I have are going to be extremely related to my own life, and not about the topic in general. And here they are:
- With recruitment season approaching in the Fall, I have been told by so many to put down in succinct words what it is that makes me special. And you know what? I can’t. I don’t know what makes me tick. I thought this mental roadblock was attributed to my current stage in life - that of a 20-year old university student whose capabilities and visions are constantly changing. However, every word out of the COO’s mouth helped clarify this frustration.
- One of my core values is to be nice to everyone. A caveat of this personality trait is that I take things as they are because arguments and negotiations are, for me, not worth getting into. This part of the talk opened my eyes. I knew that this “feature” has already prohibited me from taking on some opportunities; never would I have thought that a majority of my gender felt, acted, and was limited by the exact same way of thinking.
- I sat at a family lunch last weekend looking at my pregnant relative thinking “Oh dear, how long is maternity leave? Will I have to sacrifice my career? If I go back to work before the baby is barely a year old, how will I be able to live with myself knowing that someone else is raising my child in its most critical years?”. This, from a 20 year old woman that has no intentions of marrying and having children anytime in the next 5 years. I’m thankful Sheryl pointed out that it definitely possible to raise your child with a fulfilling, ambitious career. I will definitely try to erase these premature worries.
I invite you all, men as much as women, to watch this insightful 15-minute talk. It has shed a bright light on my life, and it will not doubt do the same with yours.