About once a month or so I watch this interview Tina Brown did with former Sony Executive Amy Pascal at the Women in the World Conference in San Francisco 2015. I’m guessing for both of these women it was perhaps just a passing conversation, shared that day in front of a crowd and that was that. For me, however, it’s filled with necessary lessons like knowing my worth, not being so grateful for every job and saying what I think in the moment rather than trying to manage it for the circumstance at hand. Most importantly, it was hearing Amy talk about work.
Towards the end of this short interview, Amy talks about her awareness of being “…born to work” and how she loves it. I wish I had heard that sentiment as a young girl, because while that lesson was inside of me at a cellular level, I didn’t know it in my heart or brain for years. I spent too many of those years trying to conform to the roles I was not meant to play. Wife. Mother. Sunday-School Teacher. Bank Manager. Just to name a few.
I hope in our new somewhat enlightened world more and more young women are being encouraged to follow their instincts toward whatever it is they desire to devote a life’s worth of work too. Mine has been about communication in its many diverse forms. It has taken years to be able to state emphatically that is what I am good at, and to know in my gut I am worth being paid for, and that gratitude is good, but sometimes it can be the wrong motivation for work.