This is a ‘wakeup’ TEDTalk, about the psychology of women in the world of business. Even though it was filmed in December 2010 (and to date has had more than 5,700,000 views!), it is still relevant and necessary viewing for anyone who wants to lead a full, balanced, and fulfilling life, and who wants our society to reflect those qualities for all; and also for anyone who would like to become more conscious of the undercurrents that are still lurking in our now global corporate culture. And particularly if you are a woman, and you want to live your Exceptional Purpose, this is a must-view.

An extraordinary woman:

  • Sheryl Sandberg is the COO of Facebook, where she manages Facebook’s sales, marketing, business development, human resources, public policy and communications.
  • She was previously the Creator & Manager of Google‘s Sales and Operations program.
  • She has also been an economist for the World Bank.
  • And was also Chief of Staff at the US Treasury Department.
  • Sheryl is on the exclusive list of Fortune magazine’s ‘Most Powerful Women in Business’.
  • She is author of acclaimed best-seller, Lean In.
  • And she has what author Sylvia Ann Hewlett (Executive Presence: The Missing Link Between Merit and Success) sees as a necessary "heady combination of confidence, poise, and authenticity".
  • And Sheryl Sandberg is also a mother of two.

As an aside, quite apart from the video content, Sheryl is now a single mother. On May 1st this year (2015), she lost her 47-year-old husband, David Goldberg, due to head injuries from an exercise treadmill accident while they were on vacation. David was the CEO of SurveyMonkey, so also a very public figure in the business world.

All grief is the hardest thing we must endure, but when it strikes suddenly, it is the worst kind of grief as there is no preparation at all. We can’t be completely liberated from grief, as grief is a process.

You can read Sheryl’s beautiful letter about the effect grief from this sudden tragedy has had on her life and on her relationships with those around her, at her Facebook page (entry for June 2015). Yet, she is getting on with her exceptional life. This is the link to Sheryl’s Facebook page.

Even if you are one of the almost six million people who have already viewed this TEDTalk, and especially if you are a woman, I advise you to watch it again. And watch it any time you begin to falter in your resolve.

Life is precious. Don’t waste it.

. . . May you always live your Exceptional Purpose!

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