Author Kevin Kelly turned 70 and shared 103 bits of advice.
I love reading his lists and thought I’d share a few that resonated.
- Don’t ever work for someone you don’t want to become.
- Cultivate 12 people who love you, because they are worth more than 12 million people who like you.
- When you forgive others, they may not notice, but you will heal. Forgiveness is not something we do for others; it is a gift to ourselves.
- When you lead, your real job is to create more leaders, not more followers.
- It is the duty of a student to get everything out of a teacher, and the duty of a teacher to get everything out of a student.
- Your growth as a conscious being is measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations you are willing to have.
- Speak confidently as if you are right, but listen carefully as if you are wrong.
- The consistency of your endeavours [exercise, companionship, work] is more important than the quantity. Nothing beats small things done every day, which is way more important than what you do occasionally.
- You’ll get 10x better results by elevating good behaviour rather than punishing bad behaviour, especially in children and animals.
- Spend as much time crafting the subject line of an email as the message itself because the subject line is often the only thing people read.
- What you do on your bad days matters more than what you do on your good days.
- Take the stairs.
- Getting cheated occasionally is the small price for trusting the best of everyone, because when you trust the best in others, they generally treat you best.
- Actual great opportunities do not have “Great Opportunities” in the subject line.
- Your group can achieve great things way beyond your means simply by showing people that they are appreciated.
- When negotiating, don’t aim for a bigger piece of the pie; aim to create a bigger pie.
- Rather than steering your life to avoid surprises, aim directly for them.
- Don’t purchase extra insurance if you are renting a car with a credit card.