Last month Kevin Kelly turned 70 and as is the norm with him, he has jotted down 103 Bits of Advice I Wish I Had Known
I have cherry-picked the ones I liked the most! Here you go:
Don’t keep making the same mistakes; try to make new mistakes.
Anything you say before the word “but” does not count.
When you forgive others, they may not notice, but you will heal. Forgiveness is not something we do for others; it is a gift to ourselves.
Courtesy costs nothing. Lower the toilet seat after use. Let the people in the elevator exit before you enter. Return shopping carts to their designated areas. When you borrow something, return it better shape (filled up, cleaned) than when you got it.
The biggest lie we tell ourselves is “I don’t need to write this down because I will remember it.”
Your growth as a conscious being is measured by the number of uncomfortable conversations you are willing to have.
Speak confidently as if you are right, but listen carefully as if you are wrong.
You can be whatever you want, so be the person who ends meetings early.
To rapidly reveal the true character of a person you just met, move them onto an abysmally slow internet connection. Observe.
Rather than steering your life to avoid surprises, aim directly for them.
The chief prevention against getting old is to remain astonished.