Borrowing from others, I offer some lessons learned about life in this century and the last
Today is my birthday. I am almost a quarter of the way into this new century after having been alive for more than half of the latter one.
A recent podcast tipped me to a list of gained wisdoms compiled by Wired magazine editor Kevin Kelly on the occasion of his 70 thbirthday. Herewith, I offer my own list. As always, your mileage may vary:
- Never be ashamed of borrowing a good idea, but always hat-tip the source.
- Take credit for your successes and responsibility for your losses.
- Eat a good breakfast.
- Make time to be with friends.
- Make as much time to be alone.
- No matter how smart you think you are, it’s not enough.
- Everything breaks, including people.
- Nothing you’ve fixed, whether it’s a software conflict or an education system, stays fixed forever.
- It’s likely that many people think more highly of you than you do of yourself.
- To keep your body alive, walk; to keep your mind alive, read.
- No win is worth hurting someone.
- Take care of your teeth.
- You will never feel as old as your face looks.
- The past is gone. Get over it.
- Being successful often depends more on where you were born, your economic level, and your race than how hard you worked. It’s a lottery.
- That said, work hard. It feels good.
- Learn another language. It will change your life.
- When someone speaks to you in their second, or third, language, listen closely. This person is doing the work.
- Resumes are useless.
- Always listen to your gut — even if all it tells you is that it’s time to eat.
- Sleep more rather than less.
- If you get the upgrade, take the window seat so no one climbs over you while you sleep. If you don’t, take the aisle so you have the extra legroom.
- Good shoes are worth the extra money.
- No one cares about your version of God.
- If it seems too good to be true, it is.
- When you interview someone for a job don’t ask them what…