In her book Lean In: Women, Work and the Will to Lead, Sheryl Sandberg offers up a few, quite compelling bits of advice for those women who want to succeed...many take these as tips only for climbing the business ladder, but actually there is one that can be carried over to, well, life. (One tip she doesn't touch on is the importance of a fabulous hairstyle that looks great no matter the weather, but I digress.)
Among other tidbits, she says one of the most important career decisions a woman can make is her partner, whom she marries, that person she wants to walk this life path with. She has a whole chapter on it, titled "Make Your Partner a Real Partner." Sandberg writes: "I truly believe that the single most important career decision that a woman makes is whether she will have a life partner and who that partner is. I don't know of a single woman in a leadership position whose life partner is not fully -- and I mean fully -- supportive of her career."
I think this goes for more than just succeeding in business or being a powerful career woman, I think this goes for being successful in life, in motherhood, in growing into the person you want to be - you need a partner that is committed, supportive, and encourages you. One that is a full-on, active player in the marriage and the parenting. It's huge, it's essential, it's as vital as a great haircut...I admit I haven't found that elusive great haircut, but I did make a great choice in my partner.
Have you read Lean In? What do you think about the importance of a good partner?