Those two pieces of advice have shaped my career as a writer and a producer of books for other people.
“Always say less than necessary.”
It’s an incremental, iterative journey. You don’t magically arrive. Ever. You just strive to get closer.
Nobody grows by flattery. No one benefits from chasing down a flawed dream they are not suited for or can’t properly defend.
Cheryl Strayed wrote for years before having a bestselling book. She knew the important thing was writing every day.
“Powerful people,” he writes, “impress and intimidate by saying less. The more you say, the more likely you are to say something foolish.” I think of this law when I am about to tweet, when I am considering an email, when I am coming up with marketing materials. Less is almost always more.
Be inspired by the people who truly changed the world for the better, and learn lessons from the writers and thinkers who have deeply studied the topics and personalities and problems of the past.
Most people are not strategic. They are reactive.
Sure, it’s OK to have a job that you hate, but it is not OK to just give up on your dreams altogether.
“The worst thing in life that you can have is a job that you hate, that you have no energy in, that you’re not creative with and you’re not thinking of the future. To me, might as well be dead.” — Robert Greene