And that brings me to my second story — standing up for your values and principles.
It does not always work. Let me give you an example.
I highly highly respect my fellow human beings.
And as a young student, I just could not, and I still to this day, cannot accept the death penalty.
So I decided to go to law school in France and become a criminal lawyer and defend death penalty cases.
So much for my own values and standing up for them.
And fortunately, in the meantime, a new President was elected in my country.
And his first act was to actually abolish the death penalty.
As a young lawyer, I interviewed with the best law firm in the country.
I was told that I was hired right away and would be paid a high salary. So far so good.
But then I was told that I would never make partnership.
So I said, why is that?
They said, "Well, it's because you're a woman."
So I looked at them fiercely, walked out the door, ran down the stairs, and never looked back.
Actually, I should have said, I should have said "thank you" that day.
I felt much stronger, much better yet I didn't have a job.
In many ways, a situation like that is just inconceivable in today's corporate world.
Any recruiter uttering these words would almost certainly face a discrimination lawsuit. And that is good.