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54 ¾ pieces of life advice

Wait … I thought you weren’t much into advice giving…

54 ¾ pieces of life advice

I’ve noticed the growing trend of people putting out articles entitled  “X pieces of advice” where X = the number of years that person’s had on the planet. Kevin Kelly, whose countdown clock/death date  I reference at the very start of How to Begin, seemed to get this rolling. And I’ve seen it recently in some other writers I enjoy like David Perell and Madeline Dore. (I loved my 2 Pages interview with Madeline.)

I thought I’d take a crack.

  1. 54 pieces of advice = too many pieces of advice.
  2. Being generous and kind seem to be two of the most important “beings.” How are you doing with that?
  3. Working on something that feels important seems to be one of the most important “doings.” How are you doing with that?
  4. “This too will pass.” 
  5. Wear sunscreen. (If nothing else, trust me on the sunscreen.)
    1. Give credit where credit’s due. Not Baz Luhrmann or Kurt Vonnegut but Mary Schmich
  6. 54 pieces of advice is DEFINITELY too much advice.

6¾. I’d rather have the best bits of other people’s advice, than 54 pieces of my own. Will you share your best piece of wisdom/advice? Give me your best here. I’ll share a selection in an upcoming newsletter.


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Michael Bungay Stanier

Michael Bungay Stanier

I'm the author of five books that have collectively sold more than a million copies. I'm the founder of Box of Crayons, a learning and development company that helps organizations move from advice-driven to curiosity-led. I'm the host of the *2 Pages with MBS* podcast.