how to... TAKE A CA­REER RISK

Elle (Canada) - - Career -

In her new book, Risk/Re­ward: Why In­tel­li­gent Leaps and Dar­ing Choices Are the Best Ca­reer Moves You Can Make, writer and for­mer busi­ness ex­ec­u­tive Anne Kreamer asked suc­cess­ful women to talk about risks they’ve taken (and how they’ve

paid off). Here are three from her book: “I think tak­ing a job that scares the hell out of you is the key to suc­cess. It’s how you grow.

We’re all like sharks: Keep mov­ing or die. Not a dead shark: That’s my mantra.” – Anna

Quindlen, Pulitzer Prize-win­ning nov­el­ist

“Af­ter I had my first child, I be­gan to leave work at 5:30 so I could get home in time to nurse. Once my son was asleep, I would jump back online to con­tinue my work­day. Still, I went to great lengths to hide my sched­ule and wor­ried that if any­one [at Google] knew I was leav­ing the of­fice at that time, they might as­sume I wasn’t com­pletely ded­i­cated to my job.” – Sh­eryl Sand­berg, COO of Face­book and au­thor of Lean In:

Women, Work and the Will to Lead “The big­gest pro­fes­sional risk I’ve ever

taken was start­ing a busi­ness. I had worked in the fash­ion in­dus­try for many years in mar­ket­ing and PR, but I had never been a de­signer or CEO. I had to learn on

the job.” – Tory Burch, fash­ion de­signer

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