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Six important lessons from the Yahoo CEO

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One of the biggest headlines this week has been the story of how Yahoo recruited their new CEO, Marissa Mayer, directly from ranks of Google. As one of Google’s first employees, Mayer has accomplished an impressive amount in her 13 year career and such accolades made her a worthy candidate of one of the most powerful brands on the Internet. CNN reports on Mayer’s six business and life lessons that has helped her achieve so much:

Push through your uncertainty

“I always did something I was a little not ready to do. I think that’s how you grow. When there’s that moment of ‘Wow, I’m not really sure I can do this,’ and you push through those moments, that’s when you have a breakthrough. Sometimes that’s a sign that something really good is about to happen. You’re about to grow and learn a lot about yourself,” she told CNN in April.

Protect what’s really important to you

“I have a theory that burnout is about resentment. And you beat it by knowing what it is you’re giving up that makes you resentful. I tell people: Find your rhythm. Your rhythm is what matters to you so much that when you miss it you’re resentful of your work…So find your rhythm, understand what makes you resentful, and protect it. You can’t have everything you want, but you can have the things that really matter to you. And thinking that way empowers you to work really hard for a really long period of time,” said Mayer in Bloomberg Businessweek earlier this year.

Work with smart people

“It’s really wonderful to work in an environment with a lot of smart people. One, I think because it challenges you to think and work on a different level,” she said during a talk atStanford University’s Entrepreneurial Thought Leader Speaker Series in 2006.

Set constraints to boost your creativity

“People think of creativity as this sort of unbridled thing, but engineers thrive on constraints. They love to think their way out of that little box: ‘We know you said it was impossible, but we’re going to do this, this, and that to get us there,” Mayer said in an interview with Fast Company in February 2008.

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