Getting Happy With A Little Help From Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg. If you haven’t heard of her yet, you’re gonna.

This incredible woman is the COO of Facebook and soon to be billionaire when the company goes public. You can read more about her in this Yahoo Shine! article.

What does the female COO of Facebook have to do with my own, humble Journey To Happiness Experiment? Well, as most of us know, feeling happy is inexplicably tied to how good you feel about your job and Sheryl offers sage advice on the issue.

In the article, she says: “The most important career choice you’ll make is who you marry.”

This is too true – especially for women. Marry the right person and your spouse is your champion, urging you to ever greater heights. Marry the wrong person and you’re in for a world of painful nagging from a significant other who can’t (or won’t) understand your personal career goals.

How can you be happy if your soulmate isn’t onboard with one of the most important aspects of your life i.e your job/career? The answer is, you can’t be happy.

So for those of us, like Sheryl, who have chosen wisely – bravo (I’m pretty pleased to say I’m one of them!) but for those of us who haven’t, you have 2 choices:

1) Leave

2) Spend as much time and effort that it takes to fix the difference in viewpoints.

Pretending that you’re okay being a stay-at-home mum or housewife or tuning down your ambitions to keep your spouse happy , isn’t going to do you any favours. You’ll be miserable for years, maybe even the rest of your life and end up resenting or maybe even hating your partner.

That’s why I think it’s a good idea to heed Sheryl’s advice. She should know – the woman is married, has two children and oh, she made a cool US$30.87 million last year.

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