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Soledad O’Brien: Don’t Listen To Other People’s Career Advice

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Soledad O’Brien has had quite the year. After leaving the CNN morning show in March, the journalist launched Starfish Media Group. The company is “dedicated to uncovering and producing empowering stories,” and has formed partnerships with Al Jazeera America, HBO and CNN.

In the latest installment of Mediabistro’s So What Do You Do?, O’Brien talks about how motherhood prepared her to be a CEO and the importance of listening to yourself when it comes to your career:

In a commencement speech at Harvard earlier this year, you told grads not to “listen to others people’s take on the life you should lead” because “by not listening, you can figure out what your heart is telling you to do.” Can you give an example of when you had to follow your own advice?
Oh my gosh. I have to follow it all the time. When I was leaving NBC News to go to CNN, people would say, “What?! Why would you possibly leave the Today Show to go to cable?” If I would’ve listened to people, I would’ve been on a great platform but I wouldn’t have grown as a journalist. So far, most of the steps in my career have been really good.

To hear more from O’Brien, read: So What Do You Do, Soledad O’Brien, CEO of Starfish Media Group?

– Aneya Fernando

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