” My mother was amazing. I guess, in our community, if you wanted to get by you had to work hard. So she cleaned offices. She did everything that you could imagine. We were really poor. But she would say, ‘Where you are is not who you are.’ “


” My mother raised us to think that if we worked hard, and if we put our end of the bargain in, it would work out OK for us. “


” Race and gender definitely came up, occasionally, in my life at work. But the bigger challenge that I had was age. I took roles earlier in my career than people expected, and so a lot of what I got was, ‘Do you actually know enough to do this?’ “


” If you go to Norway, Finland, Russia or Australia, you’ll see Xerox or Fuji-Xerox people, not just the name on the door. We have human beings who live and work and serve customers everywhere around the globe. “


” Fresh out of college, you tend to join a company because it’s a job. But, you tend to stay because it becomes a career, you start to feel at home. In the beginning of your career, you’re focused on you: ‘I like this place because I’m doing rewarding work, they take good care of me, the people are nice, there’s runway for me,’ etc. “


” Find something that you love to do, and find a place that you really like to do it in. I found something I loved to do. I’m a mechanical engineer by training, and I loved it. I still do. My son is a nuclear engineer at MIT, a junior, and I get the same vibe from him. Your work has to be compelling. You spend a lot of time doing it. “


” This old notion that work is drudgery is nonsense. Most days, even back when Xerox was under siege, I could not wait to get to the office. “



All 7 Ursula Burns Quotes about Work in picture


My mother was amazing. I guess, in our community, if you wanted to get by you had to work hard. So she cleaned offices. She did everything that you could imagine. We were really poor. But she would say,
My mother raised us to think that if we worked hard, and if we put our end of the bargain in, it would work out OK for us.


Race and gender definitely came up, occasionally, in my life at work. But the bigger challenge that I had was age. I took roles earlier in my career than people expected, and so a lot of what I got was,
If you go to Norway, Finland, Russia or Australia, you
Fresh out of college, you tend to join a company because it
Find something that you love to do, and find a place that you really like to do it in. I found something I loved to do. I
This old notion that work is drudgery is nonsense. Most days, even back when Xerox was under siege, I could not wait to get to the office.
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