On his 68th birthday, Kevin Kelly offers 68 bits of unsolicited advice

My friend and Cool Tools parter, Kevin Kelly, just turned 68. Happy Birthday, Kevin! To celebrate, he posted 68 pieces of advice. Kevin is one of the wisest people I know, and when he gives advice, I never dismiss it lightly. Here are the first 10:

  • 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.
  • A worthy goal for a year is to learn enough about a subject so that you can't believe how ignorant you were a year earlier.
  • Gratitude will unlock all other virtues and is something you can get better at.
  • Treating a person to a meal never fails, and is so easy to do. It's powerful with old friends and a great way to make new friends.
  • Don't trust all-purpose glue.
  • Reading to your children regularly will bond you together and kickstart their imaginations.

Read the other 58 here.

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