Kevin Kelly is Senior Maverick at Wired magazine. He is also the editor and publisher of the Cool Tools website, which gets half a million unique visitors per month. He co-founded Wired in 1993 and served as its Executive Editor from its inception until 1999. During Kevin’s tenure, Wired won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence (the industry’s equivalent of two Oscars). He is the best-selling author of many books including New Rules for the New Economy, The Inevitable, and his latest is called Excellent Advice For Living – Wisdom I wish I’d Known Earlier.
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- You lead by letting others know what you expect of them, which may exceed what they themselves expect. Provide them a reputation to live up to.
- Habit is far more dependable than inspiration. Don’t focus on getting into shape. Focus on becoming the kind of person who never misses a workout.
- Show me your calendar and I will tell you your priorities. Tell me who your friends are, and I’ll tell you where you’re going.
- “Problems don’t impede progress. Problems are the conduit to progress. No problems, no progress.”
- “Every great and difficult thing has required a strong sense of optimism,”
- Prototype your life. Try stuff instead of making grand plans.
- The best way to learn anything is to try to teach what you know.
- Don’t create things to make money; make money so you can create things. The reward for good work is more work.
- The more you are interested in others, the more interesting they’ll find you. To be interesting, be interested.
- Promptness is a sign of respect.
- what they themselves expect. Provide them a reputation to live up to.
- This is true: It’s hard to cheat an honest person.
- The consistency of your endeavors (exercise, companionship, work) is more important than the quantity. Nothing beats small things done every day, which is way more important than what you do occasionally.
- Gratitude will unlock all other virtues and is something you can get better at.
- Before you are old, attend as many funerals as you can bear, and listen. Nobody talks about the departed’s achievements. The only thing people will remember is what kind of person you were while you were achieving.
- Learn how to learn from those you disagree with, or even offend you. See if you can find the truth in what they believe.
- Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points.
- Always demand a deadline. A deadline weeds out the extraneous and the ordinary. It prevents you from trying to make it perfect, so you have to make it different. Different is better.
- Don’t be afraid to ask a question that may sound stupid because 99% of the time everyone else is thinking of the same question and is too embarrassed to ask it.
- Being able to listen well is a superpower. While listening to someone you love keep asking them “Is there more?”, until there is no more.
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