Kevin Kelly’s Unsolicited Advice

Kevin Kelly, the founder of WIRED magazine, offered 68 lessons on life upon turning 68

  • 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 able to listen well is a superpower. While listening to someone you love, keep asking them, “Is there more?” until there is no more.’
  • The purpose of a habit is to remove that action from self-negotiation. You no longer expend energy deciding whether to do it. You just do it. Good habits can range from telling the truth to flossing.
  • Separate the processes of creation from improving. You can’t write and edit, or sculpt and polish, or make and analyze at the same time. If you do, the editor stops the creator. While you invent, don’t select. While you sketch, don’t inspect. While you write the first draft, don’t reflect. At the start, the creator mind must be unleashed from judgment.
  • If you are not falling down occasionally, you are just coasting.
  • Over the long term, the future is decided by optimists. To be an optimist, you don’t have to ignore all the many problems we create; you just have to imagine improving our capacity to solve problems.

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