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What Would You Do If You Weren’t Afraid?

In the last year, we’ve been following the growing discussion surrounding Sheryl Sandberg’s Lean In and the original debate that seemed to kick it all off—whether women can truly have it all. (Funny enough, the discussion has become such a hot topic that now it’s actually come full circle: in this month’s issue of Esquire, men are also wondering if they too can achieve that highly coveted work-life balance.)

When we came across this new video from Lean In it sparked conversation again in our office. The video questions why fewer women see themselves as leaders, and asks us to consider what we (as women) would do if we weren’t afraid? How would we lead? It’s a worthwhile question for everyone to consider.

With that in mind, we asked a few of our staffers to anonymously tell us what they would do if they weren’t afraid. Here’s what they had to say:

I honestly aspire to live up to the the Beyonce lyric (lifted from the song Ego) ‘You don’t have to call into work ‘cus you the boss.’ Deep, deep, DEEP down I’ve always wanted to have my own business—even though I have no idea what that business would be! ”

If I had the chutzpah, I would sign up for singing lessons and learn how to properly use my pipes. I’d finish by doing a solo performance at a bar or nightclub for all of my friends.
"I’d quit my job to make documentaries."
If I were braver, I’d accept the initial investment that was offered to me and focus on my own start-up.”
"I’d write a script for a super-smart, Nora Ephron-style romantic comedy."
"I’d stop trying to be an expert at everything, quit wasting time, and just do all of the things I’ve dreamed of doing: work for myself, write a book, move to a different city (or country), travel more, become a yoga teacher—nothing is out of reach!"

Now it’s your turn—what would you do if you weren’t afraid?


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    I love this. Who run the world? Girls.
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    Move to chile :) sans baggage. But extremely sad.
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