I’ve never been drawn to self-help or motivational books and usually discount them as needless psycho-babble. Life is for living – not for over-analysing and fretting. How to raise a child, how to have a good marriage, how to be happy – surely the best way is to figure it out for yourself and learn from your own mistakes.

There is however nothing harmful in having a few helpful tips along the way, from someone who has been there and done it – in my case normally my family or good friends. “Lean In” by Sheryl Sandberg, feels a bit like getting such advice. Careers advice (often delivered through the use of personal stories) specifically for women, and particularly useful for the women who think they don’t really need it. I am riveted by it.

„Done is better than perfect“ – this mission statement shared by theFacebook COO is certainly one that I plan to use a bit more of in my life.