Some of them are classics, some are pop-favorites but I think all are very good. If you don’t read a lot of fiction, these books are a good place to start.
“If you see fraud and do not say fraud, you are a fraud.”
When you buy food at a counter or window and there’s a line, leave as soon as you’ve paid. Don’t organize your things, don’t chat with the cashier, don’t talk to your friend, leave. You’re not ‘taking your time’ you’re “taking time from other people.”
So what if your friend is making a ton of money, or if they just got a ton of coverage for something they did? So what if they’re working with this client or that client? Or if they just signed a deal with so and so? You’ve made your purpose clear, you’ve made your life’s priorities clear. Things will work out for you in the way that you’ve chosen–but again, only if examined in their own context.
Like many people, I knew I had email overload. I knew that I was increasingly a slave to my inbox. I just didn’t have the clarity to really understand how bad it had become.
I am bringing a computer, but only so that we might watch House of Cards (or, more honestly, Law and Order). My phone is accompanying us but only because I don’t know how to read a map. If email intrudes on either of these devices, I will not hesitate to throw them into the ocean.
Everyone should start with just three positive habits that they can easily practice each and every day (for instance, I squeezed them in on my wedding day).
“What they want to hear,” Steve Martin said well, “is ‘Here’s how you get an agent, here’s how you write a script’…but I always say ‘Be so good they can’t ignore you.’”
Documentaries can tell us about history and life just as well as any writer–in fact, as we see with Ken Burns, sometimes it takes an amazing writer teaming up with an amazing filmmaker to truly tell a story.
What’s your main thing? Ok, so why are you doing all these other things?