Advice You Can't Pass Up
Yesterday’s post was about my favorite podcasts. It ended up being a longer post than I had wanted it to be, and buried at the end was a reference to one of my favorite sites, 99U.com. If you’re interested in creativity, productivity, design, or business, you’ll want to know about this website. Really good stuff. To give you a flavor of their offerings, I'm sending you a link to a recent article from 99U—"Seven Pieces of Wisdom That Will Change the Way you Work" by Paul Jun. I'm actually kind of sick of this "ten things you need to know to get better" template, but I'm also kind of addicted to it, too. I mean, who can resist a title like Jun's? He had me at "seven pieces."
But we all know how these popular list-articles can disappoint, giving us trite or common-sense advice that we’ve known about, even if we don’t follow it. But this one delivers the goods.
Jun calls upon seven very different types of artists, and there is simply no arguing with the good advice they offer.
1. Steven Pressfield says, “Ship and don’t look back.”
2. Kurt Vonnegut says, “Practice becoming.”
3. Marcus Aurelius says, “Keep things in perspective.”
4. Twyla Tharpe says, “Build your solid routine.”
5. Robert Greene says, “Study the work of other artists and domains.”
6. Debbie Millman says, “Ask for what you want.”
7. Martha Graham says, “No artist is ever pleased.”
And I’ll tag on my favorite piece of advice to this list. I first saw this statement attributed to Tibetan Buddhist teacher Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche. But some say it was spoken by Johann Wolfgang von Goethe, and then I’ve also seen it attributed to a Canadian clergyman named Basil King. Whoever said it first is not the issue; the wisdom is owned by us all:
“Be bold, and mighty warriors will come to your aid.”
This list may not change the way you work, as Jun’s article promises, but I'll bet the pithy advice makes your week a little sharper, slightly more focused, and a whole lot more rewarding.