The Top Most Notable “Lean In” Quotes

  • “Writing this book is not just encouraging me to lean in. This is me leaning in.”
  • “Trying to do it all and expecting that is all can be done exactly right is a recipe for disappointment. Perfection is the enemy.”
  • “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.”
  • “For many men, the fundamental assumption is that they can have both a successful professional life and a fulfilling personal life. For many women, the assumption is that trying to do both is difficulty at best and impossible at worst.”
  • “Taking initiative pays off. It is hard to visualize someone as a leader if she is always waiting to be told what to do.”
  • “Fear is at the root of so many of the barriers that women face. Fear of not being liked. Fear of making the wrong choice. Fear of drawing negative attention. Fear of overreaching. Fear of being judged. Fear of failure. And the holy trinity of fear: the fear of being a bad mother/wife/daughter.”
  • “Owning one’s success is key to achieving more success.”
  • “Guilt management can be just as important as time management for mothers.”
  • “Felling confident – or pretending that you feel confident – is necessary to reach for opportunities. It’s a cliché, but opportunities are rarely offered; they’re seized …Given how fast the world moves today, grabbing opportunities is more important than ever.”
  • “I truly believe that the single most important career decision that a woman makes is whether she will have a life partner and who that partner is.”
  • “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?”
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