Career Advice

by | Feb 5, 2018

Career AdviceSheryl Sandberg is one of the most successful women on the planet. And she says nine words helped get her there.

Some of the name’s on Sandberg’s resume include the world bank, the US Treasury Department and Google. Today she is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. And according to, she credits a lot of that success to advice given her by Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google’s parent company Alphabet.

When Sandberg was offered the job as Google’s general manager she seriously considered turning it down until Schmidt said to her “stop being an idiot, all that matters is growth.” She says in that moment she realized that while technology itself is an industry that is constantly changing and growing the new job meant that she would grow new skills, new connections and a new perspective.

Sandberg says that same advice can apply to anyone. Take the opportunity to learn new skills, learn a new job at your current place of employment or just meet a new person.

Who you know is important, but it also depends on what you know.

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CBS News Radio national business journalist Brian Banmiller has spent more than 40 years in the news industry, covering business, politics and the economy on television, radio and in print. Currently, his “Banmiller on Business” reports are delivered to an audience of millions nationwide.

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