We’ve been big fans of Sheryl Sandberg ever since we read her globally bestselling women in business call to arms, Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead. That admiration deepened this month with the release of her second book, written after the tragic sudden death of her husband, Dave Goldberg in 2015. The title Option B: Facing Adversity, Building Resilience, Finding Joy came about when Sheryl wept to her friend that she wanted Dave, her friend replied: “Option A is not available. So let’s just kick the shit out of Option B.”
And she’s done just that. In the midst of her grief the Harvard educated activist, author and tech high achiever has used her experience and knowledge to help others in a profoundly giving and affecting way. First with the brave and honest Facebook post she wrote after his death, and then with this book about coping with and recovering from grief.
It is no surprise that the business woman, philanthropist and Facebook COO who has featured multiple times on Forbes’ list of the most powerful women on the planet has chosen to take this route. After all, she’s continuously used her platform as a high-profile woman in business to inspire and help others. Her TED talk Why we have too few women leaders has been viewed over 7 million times and was the catalyst for her non-profit initiative, LeanIn.Org. She also sits on the board of directors for Women for Women International, the Center for Global Development and V-Day, a global movement to end violence against women and girls. She has also set up OptionB.org in her husband’s memory to help others find strength in the face of adversity.
“It is the ultimate luxury to combine passion and contribution. It’s also a very clear path to happiness.” – Sheryl Sandberg
Sheryl Sandberg has, from the start of her career, set out to make a difference. That she has done so bravely, honestly and generously and from a platform of both extreme success and tragedy means that more women are able to learn from her not just how to lean in in life, but now, to bounce forward, too.
3 inspiring Sheryl Sandberg quotes
on holding back
“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.”
on stepping up
“It is the hard days – the times that challenge you to your very core – that will determine who you are.”
on leaning in
“If you’re offered a seat on a rocket ship, don’t ask what seat! Just get on.”