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It’s okay to disagree with the thoughts or opinions expressed by other people. That doesn’t give you the right to deny any sense they might make. Nor does it give you a right to accuse someone of poorly expressing their beliefs just because you don’t like what they are saying. Learn to recognize good writing when you read it, even if it means overcoming your pride and opening your mind beyond what is comfortable.
If I’ve learned anything, it’s there’s just no drama, which is awesome. I’ve also just learned to read when it’s a good time to talk about something serious and when it’s not. And whenever I start to have a conversation with them, and I kind of see their eyes start to glaze over, I’m like, ‘Okay, another time is better.’ You learn how to compromise and you learn how to read each other. Honestly, being in a band with two guys has prepared me so much for when it’s time for me to get married!
Two of the last four executive editors at the New York Times were Johannesburg bureau chiefs at some point, Bill Keller and Joe Lelyveld. This is a very prestigious post and I was like I don’t know 28 years old, which at the Times is very young, I had the temerity to put my hand up for that job. I don’t think I slept a single night of those six weeks that I spent in Johannesburg. It was an unbelievable experience, and I think I did okay.
I would encourage women to own their vulnerable moments. We’re all human and we don’t have it all together – that is perfectly okay. Admit when you’re having a hard time and don’t hesitate to ask for help. You will be very surprised when you realise we are all in the same boat at one time or another.