- “There is no point in being mean to anyone at any time.” Whitman was 10 and “had been mean to someone” when her father told her: “You don’t change anything by being mean. Usually, you don’t get anywhere.”
- “You can do anything you want to do.” From Whitman’s mother: “Don’t let anyone say ‘You’re not smart enough … it’s too hard … it’s a dumb idea … no one has done that before … girls don’t do that.”
- “Always do the best job you can do at whatever you’re assigned, even if you think it’s boring.” That’s from Whitman’s boss at Procter & Gamble.
“Here I was, fresh out of Harvard Business School,” Whitman says, “and I was assigned to determine how big the hole in the Ivory shampoo bottle should be. I would come home wondering how I had gone from HBS to this.”
Whitman’s boss helped her realize that every task presents an opportunity to shine.
- “If you’re constantly in the neighborhood of good things, good things will happen to you.”
That’s from Tom Tierney, Whitman’s boss at the Bain consulting firm and now on eBay’s board of directors.
- “Remember: This isn’t brain surgery.” That’s from Whitman’s husband, a neurosurgeon who brought Whitman down to earth as she watched eBay stock climb one day.
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