“It was scary.”Sandberg breaks down amidst criticism.It’s no secret that Sandberg’s background in advertising at Google didn’t appeal to many Facebook users. I cried.”) But Zuckerberg supported her through the backlash, and she knew “there was only one answer”: to persevere, “which was to keep my head down and make the company successful.”“No one wants to go to prom with the smartest girl.”It’s no surprise that Sandberg was voted most likely to succeed in high school.And the talk went viral, and I started getting letters from women all over the world.” Her talk had inspired them to speak up and stick up for themselves at work, which in turn inspired Sheryl to coin the phrase “lean in”—and write a book about it. In 2011 Sheryl was called out by her own assistant for belittling herself after she was named to Forbes’s “World’s Most Powerful Women” list.“You’re handling this terribly,” Sandberg’s assistant scolded her.It wasn’t until she sat next to a Stanford professor who studies leadership over a dinner that she finally understood why.“She helped me realize that the reason I kept my success quiet was that it would have made me less likable,” she tells Oprah.“But when I drop my kids off at school and see other mothers who are staying all day to volunteer, I still feel the heart pang.Would my kids be better off if I were staying, too?
“I knew immediately how warm he was, and how much he cared about Facebook.” Most important, they had the same vision for the social network: “to connect the whole world.”Would their age difference ruin their partnership?“You are showing the world how insecure you are.” When it comes to the biggest mistakes women make in the workplace, Sandberg still breaks her own rules.“Women, in general, sit off to the side of the room, and they don’t speak up. We have to make sure women know their voices are important.”Sandberg’s secret to having it all?”Sandberg on dating, ‘the biggest decision you make in life and in your career” and what makes her husband sexy.
According to Sandberg, the biggest decision a woman can make in life is not whether to have children, but whether you are going to have a “life partner.”“I tell girls, date the crazy boys, the bad boys ... Because what is sexy when you’re 23 is not sexy when you are 43.
What’s sexy where I am is my husband driving my kids to school.”Sandberg got married for the first time when she was 24—and divorced within a year.