The Philosopher’s Corner

This Month’s Philosopher: Laura Brady Saade, WG’93  
To learn more about Laura, click here.

 

LIFE LESSONS

If I knew then what I know now, I would have...
done my best to plot my career course to dovetail with life events. There are times in your life when you can go “all in” and put other things in your life on the back burner to reach your career goals; and other times when you know you’d like more balance. As an example, when starting my family, ideally I would have been established in a job that I loved that also had more flexibility for work-life balance -- balancing competing pulls is challenging under the best of circumstances. Better to set yourself up for the best chance of success and peace of mind.

If I knew then what I know now, I would NOT have...
had “imposter syndrome.” I used to think that a great team member had to have it all -- the full complement of skills required for a project’s success. I would have appreciated that the varied skills of the whole team combined lead to success – some stronger in analysis, others in project management, etc. I wouldn’t have felt that one skill was superior to any other and would have been more confident that all skills contributed to the outcome.

 

FAVORITE QUOTES

  1. “To achieve great things, two things are needed: a plan, and not quite enough time.”
    ~ Leonard Bernstein
  2. “Everyone has the perfect gift to give the world – and if each of us is freed up to give the gift that is uniquely ours to give, the world will be in total harmony.”
    ~ R. Buckminster Fuller
  3. “I have no special talent. I am only passionately curious.”
    ~ Albert Einstein
  4. “There’s a sense that time is precious and you should enjoy and thrive in what you’re doing to the hilt.”
    ~ Ruth Bader Ginsburg

 

RECOMMENDED READING 

  1. Catalyst: How to Change Anyone’s Mind by Jonah Berger
  2. The Price We Pay: What Broke American Healthcare and How to Fix It by Marty Makary
  3. Barking to the Choir by Father Greg Boyle
  4. A Prayer for Owen Meany by John Irving


Contact Laura at: LASaade@gmail.com