Career advice from Marissa Mayer
Delaney Turner 270003RQ8K Delaney.Turner@ca.ibm.com | | Tags:  ibmsoftware information-insights
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The interwebs are still buzzing with the news of Marissa Mayer's move from Google to Yahoo. Understandable, given her achievements at the former and troubles at the latter.
Plus, she's pregnant.
Still, what's more interesting to me is a small but telling passage from Farhad Manjoo's piece in today's edition of Slate.
Needing to decide among competing job offers while an undergrad at Stanford, Mayer eschewed compensation, location, and assorted perks for a decidedly analytical approach. Manjoo writes:
Over spring break, she studied the most successful choices in her life to figure out what they had in common. “I looked across very diverse decisions—everything from deciding where to go to school, what to major in, how to spend your summers—and I realized that there were two things that were true about all of them,” she said. “One was, in each case, I’d chosen the scenario where I got to work with the smartest people I could find. … And the other thing was I always did something that I was a little not ready to do. In each of those cases, I felt a little overwhelmed by the option. I’d gotten myself in a little over my head.”
Maybe I'm presumptuous, but I'd say that's career guidance we could all use.
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