Today host Vieira offers career advice

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Big career changes can make anyone nervous. Just ask Meredith Vieira, co-host of the Today show.

When she contemplated a move to the Today show, her son Ben nudged her out of her comfort zone. Vieira tells Newsweek that her son said, “You tell us that change is good and that change is necessary because without it you really don't grow. Why aren’t you taking your own advice?”

“He knew that would get to me,” says Vieira, “and he was right. I’ll either survive this or one day I’ll flip out on the air while Al’s doing the weather.”

Here’s the advice she gives other women for being successful at work:

You can’t have it all ... at the same time. In 1991, Vieira left 60 Minutes to spend more time with her family, her top priority. “I think that decision disappointed a lot of women,” she says, because it implied, you can’t have it all. She remembers one woman telling her angrily, “You’ve set back the feminist movement.” Her attitude: You have to be true to yourself.

Veer off the path occasionally. When you’re confident in your core, you have more freedom to step off your path and try something new. “I’ve been on paths and veered off in all kinds of areas,” Vieira says. “I feel like I’ve fallen off cliffs! I think sometimes people are so consumed with the path that they have to follow that they don't see anything else. And I don't think that lets you live your life as fully as you could.”

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