1. 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. 

    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:

    1. 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.
    2. 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.
    3. 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. 

     
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