The words threw me back slouched in my chair, speechless and dumbfounded.
It’s not enough to want a mentor or even to be lucky enough to find one. It’s a relationship that requires investment, energy and clear goals and intentions. But if you do it right, it can change your life.
Checking off the various books from your high school curriculum, and then, perhaps the “100 Greatest Books Ever Written” is the educational equivalent of skating to where the puck is and not where it’s going.
I’ve felt with a few old school publicists and marketers myself and look occasionally they’ll surprise me with the ability to call up some old friend and place some story and I’ll think, “Wow I wish I had that power,” but I don’t. I don’t think many people do anymore.
Expect your friends to let you down. They all say they are going to give notes but few actually will (and a lot of those notes will suck)
You need to learn how to use the bad people too — to get the light and heat without getting burned.
There is to me, a lot more to admire in someone who stayed put and challenged their perspectives and habits and lifestyle choices at home than there is to some first world Instagram addict who conflates meaning with checking off boxes on a bucket list.
Media manipulation currently shapes everything you read, hear and watch online. Everything.
I am a bestselling author at 26. I have a column with a major newspaper […] Everything that is good in my writing came from risks I took outside of school, outside of the “craft.”
Reading must become as natural as eating and breathing to you. It’s not something you do because you feel like it, but because it’s a reflex, a default.