old books

Okay, okay, I am definitely going to pick up or download Lean In by Sheryl Sandberg. There’s been such hoopla about it that I just have to see for myself what the fuss is all about.

Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, “examines why women’s progress in achieving leadership roles has stalled, explains the root causes, and offers compelling, commonsense solutions that can empower women to achieve their full potential,” according to the book jacket.

I’m looking forward to the read, but here’s the thing. The book is based on the premise that all of us should be doing better. Perhaps we should. I’m pretty sure that depends on whom you ask. Women make decisions about their careers for a myriad of reasons. When I was choosing a profession way back when, I wasn’t driven by money or power. I wanted to do something that I liked and that served a purpose. Journalism suited me just fine. I haven’t gotten rich, and I’ve helped a few people along the way.

Have women gotten in their own way? I sure some of us have. Then I think about all the women bloggers who earn a living online, get book contracts, and show up on the TV circuit. Those women, in my eyes, are some of the most successful women on the planet. They started with very little, made it their own, and found a way to earn a living.

Maybe I’m getting ahead of myself. I’m going to try to keep as open a mind as possible. Like I said, I want to read this book for myself. After I do that, I’ll be sure to report back.