By Melissa Davidson
Facebook CEO Sheryl Sandberg’s most recent college graduation commencement speech is just one more example of why she is a successful businesswoman: She’s human.
In her UC Berkeley address on May 14, Sandberg didn’t talk about great leaders or how women need to ‘own’ their success. She’s already said all of that. This time, her words were intensely personal because it’s the first time she’s publicly addressed her husband’s death since he fell and hit his head on a treadmill while they were vacationing in Mexico last year. David Goldberg, the chief executive of SurveyMonkey, was 47 years old.
Dave’s death changed me in very profound ways,” she told the school’s 4,700 graduating seniors. “I learned about the depths of sadness and the brutality of loss. But I also learned that when life sucks you under, you can kick against the bottom, break the surface, and breathe again. I learned that in the face of the void — or in the face of any challenge — you can choose joy and meaning.”
Here are three ways Sandberg continues to shine on both professionally and personally based on her commencement address and what all of us can learn from her:
1. She Perseveres.
More defining than any personal achievement is how you overcome challenges, she explained. Adversity is unavoidable, she told the graduates. (more…)
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