There is a lot of publicity over Sheryl Sandberg's book this weekend, and I have to say that I think her book is brilliant. I don't know her, but what she writes rings exceptionally true.... perhaps it's just because we were both born on the 28th of August ... :)
The point of her book is that there is nothing exceptional about her. That's right - I stand by that. She's not an heiress to the Heinz family business, or a Kennedy, or a Rothschild, or a trust fund baby of any size, sort etc. She came from an ordinary family where she was encouraged to excel. She wasn't even in one of the meccas of wealth in the east coast or west coast. She's from Florida.
I love how she encourages women to take ownership of their lives. Don't let life happen to you - have a plan, and make it happen. That is precisely what we/she/anyone should tell women. And it's not that it will lead you to becoming a billionaire as that's not the point. What life is about is figuring out what you are meant to do - why are you here? - what's your contribution? She's clearly figured that out, and is clearly happy.
We can at any point in our life wait. We can wait for the government to do something, for our company to do something, for the media to showcase inequality, for the world to rally around us, or we can act. In the privacy of our own little chateau - wherever that little chateau is - we can create the life that we want. It really does come down to you/me/us deciding that we will be the director of our life, not the back up crew for someone else's drama.