I was at a Boston Levo League event this fall where we all received copies of Harvard’s Women in Business magazine, Make It Happen. On this year’s cover was Arianna Huffington, the president and editor-in-chief of the Huffington Post Media Group, nationally syndicated columnist, author of 13 books, and all-around female powerhouse who ranked No. 29 on Forbes’ 100 Most Powerful Women in 2012.
While reading the interview, I was struck most by the following quote:
“I’ve tried always to keep in mind that for women to rise in the workplace doesn’t necessarily mean we have to become carbon copies of men – briefcase-carrying, pinstripe-wearing career machines who just happen to have vaginas. I love the way Anna Quindlen put it: ‘Was the point of this great social revolution to have corner offices, fat retainers and retirement accounts? Did we want the right to lead imitation men’s lives? Or did we really want something that we haven’t quite gotten yet, the ability to put our grand stamp on the ethos of the entire world?’”
To me, this quote showcases that people have different goals in life, and you should not feel like your goals are any better or worse than anyone else’s.