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Newsletter 12.13.19

As you get older, you start to see the magnitude of what it takes to achieve what you want. It's started to resonate more and more with me that the most impactful career steps often means sacrificing something – big or small. If you feel as though a sacrifice hasn't been made, you might be either overcompensating for something you don't truly need or forgetting why you're doing something in the first place.

Last week, Carli Lloyd from the USWNT came to Cornell to speak about her journey in soccer to now reflecting on the World Cup 2019 win. She talked about her major setbacks, one of them being a crucial moment in 2003 when instead of quitting soccer, she joined forces with a trainer that has, to this day, pushed her to be better. During the World Cup finals, she explained how the way she got through it was by simple focusing on herself. Her trainer would remind her: "just try to be a little bit better than you were in the last game." This led to the Germany win and ultimately the final win, scoring a goal from midfield.

What it took was 12 years of sacrifice.

We often think of athletes as the embodiment of sacrifice – committing your mind and body to something that takes years to see results. We should admire it. It's a testament that nothing in life comes clear cut, easy, or luckily. It's not about being better than the next person, rather about how you improve based on the results you've already achieved. 

Take it from someone like Carli, along with the many inspirational women on the USWNT team, who know that success doesn't come from seeing the goals she strikes, it's from realizing the 12 years of work she's put in to get there.

To sacrificial wins,
Maya Frai, Founder of Let's Hear It

The latest news on women.
How A Young Australian Kitesurfer Built A $3.2 Billion Startup Phenom
It’s daunting, to say the least, but for Perkins, who has already turned doubting Silicon Valley players into eager supporters and mastered the Chinese market—and has built a $200 million-plus bank account—it’s all according to plan. “I feel like we’ve done an incredible job, but we’ve done very little compared to what we want to do. We’ve done 1% of what I think is possible,” Perkins says. “Our company mission is to empower the world to design. And we really mean the whole world.”
 Forbes, December 11, 2019
Soccer star Carli Lloyd speaks about career and equality
“The biggest takeaway that I can relay to the women on my team is that I often hear a lot of talk about confidence,” Quigg said. “She was saying that confidence is all about preparation — the work you do when no one is watching — so if you’re not confident, prepare harder and train harder.” The importance of work ethic was a theme throughout Lloyd’s talk. She said that early in her career, she had poor character and very little drive. However, she said, all changed after she was not chosen for the under-21 national team roster for the 2003 Nordic Cup Tournament. She said she considered quitting soccer but ended up working with James Galanis, a local trainer who changed her mentality The Ithacan, December 10, 2019
Lizzo: “I’m Not Trying To Sell You Me. I’m Trying To Sell You, You”
It was at 21 that things finally came to a head for Lizzo. Her father had passed away just before her birthday; her remaining family had moved to another city. She spent some nights sleeping in her car, or on friends’ floors. “I think that when you have nothing and you’re stripped down to nothing, you’re kind of stuck with yourself,” she says. “I think that was when I was kind of facing myself for the first time without anything to distract me.” Lizzo’s social conscience and honesty have seen her crowned this generation’s queen of body-positive pop. Vogue, November 9, 2019

→ Related: Lizzo Time's Entertainer of the Year.

TIME’s Editor-in-chief on why Greta Thunberg is the Person of the Year
Thunberg stands on the shoulders—and at the side—of hundreds of thousands of others who’ve been blockading the streets and settling the science, many of them since before she was born. She is also the first to note that her privileged background makes her “one of the lucky ones,” as she puts it, in a crisis that disproportionately affects poor and indigenous communities. But this was the year the climate crisis went from behind the curtain to center stage, from ambient political noise to squarely on the world’s agenda, and no one did more to make that happen than Thunberg. Time, December 11, 2019
Publication features on women and their careers. 
Photo: FastCompany.
Five Minutes With Instagram Director of Product Management Ashley Yuki

"We want people to feel proud to be a part of the Instagram community, so we take the time to make sure we’re providing the best experience possible."

In this short interview, Ashley Yuki talks about the culture and values that lead Instagram. Read more here.

→ Related: Ashley Yuki on the launch of IGTV.
Photo: Haus.
Podcast Episode with Haus co-founder Helena Price Hambrecht

"I think what originally made direct-to-consumer interesting is it was a challenger brand. It was a brand that was going after an archaic industry that was in desperate need of change, and going direct-to-consumer allowed you to reach a consumer that wanted your product but wasn’t hearing about because all the middle men were disrupting the message."

In this episode of Modern Retail, Helena talks about the reasons for starting a company that values a better way to drink. Read more here.
Op-eds and letters on advice, experiences, and inspiration.

Articles often highlight when female CEOs curse, yell and show anger or bawdiness, because the shock value is higher than when male CEOs demonstrate these behaviors. We ask women leaders not only to be successful, but also to be ladylike and likable. The way we are targeting female founders and CEOs is doing nothing to encourage gender equality. It is only ensuring that the number of female CEOs is dwindling under the pressure of having to live up to stricter standards than men. So what can each of us do to create a more fair and accurate picture?
Sara Mauskopf, "The inevitable takedown of the female CEO" –– TechCrunch

The dearth of women at Todai is a byproduct of deep-seated gender inequality in Japan, where women are still not expected to achieve as much as men and sometimes hold themselves back from educational opportunities. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has promoted an agenda of female empowerment, boasting that Japan’s labor force participation rate among women outranks even the United States. Yet few women make it to the executive suite or the highest levels of government.
Motoko Rich "At Japan’s Most Elite University, Just 1 in 5 Students Is a Woman" –– NYTimes

As prime minister, Ms. Marin heads a government that is remarkably female and young. The other four parties in the government are led by women, three of whom are, like the prime minister, younger than 35. Speaking to reporters shortly after being sworn in, Ms. Marin waved off questions about the global interest in her new appointment, saying she was focused on governing.
Megan Specia "Who Is Sanna Marin, Finland’s 34-Year-Old Prime Minister?" –– NYTimes

Still, it would take Witherspoon a third hit, an adaptation of Liane Moriarty's Big Little Lies for HBO, to convince the industry of her creative chops. "I was in this position where I was making studios a lot of money, and I had for years and years, and they didn't take me seriously as a filmmaker. Somehow, they didn't think that 25 years of experience could add up to some inherent knowledge of what movies work and how to keep them on budget," she says, before adding: "And you think about the kind of guys who come out of Sundance and get gigantic jobs off of one, like, 'Oh, I see the potential.' "
Lacey Rose, "How Reese Witherspoon Took Charge of Her Career and Changed Hollywood" –– Hollywood Reporter

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