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  • Best Advice Sheryl Sandberg Received: If Offered a Seat on Rocket Ship, Get On

    Elizabeth Vargas at Newsmakers1 yr ago

    In an ABC News/Yahoo! Newsmakers interview, Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook, said the best career advice she received was from former Google CEO Eric Schmidt.

    Sandberg had just received a job offer at Google with a title of Business Unit General Manager, one of many job opportunities at the time.

    “But there were no business units to manage,” Sandberg said. “And I was just like, ‘Eric, I-- I love Google. I want to take this job. But I don't know what this job is.’”

    “First he said, ‘Sheryl, don't be an idiot.’ Which is excellent career advice,” Sandberg said.

    The year was 2001. Schmidt had just become CEO of Google, when the company had fewer than 1,000 employees.

    “But the next thing he said was, 'If you're offered a seat on a rocket ship, get on, don't ask what seat.' I tell people in their careers, ‘look for growth.’ Look for the teams that are growing quickly. Look for the companies that are doing well. Look for a place where you feel that you can have a lot of impact.”

    Sandberg became Google's vice president of Global Online Sales and Operations. Today, Google has over 30,000 employees.

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