Right now I'm poring over the newly released Option B by Sheryl Sandberg and Adam Grant. I had the opportunity to read a galley copy earlier this year when a major women's magazine invited me to interview Sheryl for an upcoming issue. When I got the word, my first response was self-doubt—ironic for a women's leadership expert who had served on the launch team for Lean In. I thought, Why do they want me to do it? I'm not a journalist. But of course the universe conspires to send us exactly what we need at just the right moment.
In the overwhelming spiral of my own book tour, reading Sheryl's breathtaking journey navigating the pain, isolation, and growth after the devastating loss of her husband put my own life into sharp focus. I learned that self-confidence is the prerequisite for resiliency. And one of the most important things we can do is nurture confidence in ourselves and in others. Sure enough when I got on the phone with Sheryl and told her this story she began by gifting me with the reassurance all of us need to hear regardless of whether our doubt is triggered by tragedy or nervous butterflies: "Well, you're gonna do a great job."