Chapter 7: Don’t Leave Before You Leave
In chapter 7 Sheryl Sandberg discusses how planning too far in advance for a family can close doors rather then open doors. Women should lean in and “keep a foot on the gas pedal until a decision must be made” (p. 103). Staying committed to your professional development and success will help you find a position that you are satisfied with and make you more likely to want to stay in the workforce. This chapter covers many aspects of balancing career and family, acknowledging that a number of factors, including society’s expectations, play into a woman’s decision.
Sandberg also discusses the challenges planning for a career and a family presents for men. “And what about men who want to leave the workforce? If we make it too easy for women to drop out of the career marathon, we also make it too hard for men” (p. 103). The book is a good starting place to think about planning (but not planning too much) for future personal and career goals.