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The best advice I ever heard

This week, the Upside goes into the holiday season with appeals for morsels of wisdom – pithy or otherwise

Good advice is a bit like a bowl of sprouts at a dinner party. You don’t always fancy taking some for yourself, but you’re happy to pass it on to others.

That said, I’m always a sucker for a morsel of pithy wisdom. “Only worry about what’s going on on your mat,” a yoga teacher once cooed at me. I took it metaphorically, and have tried to avoid comparing myself to others ever since. “Try to give 20% less of a fuck about everything,” an exasperated boss once advised. I do, as I’m sure regular readers of this newsletter will attest.

One of my favorite contradictory ideas is the premise of age: “it is sung by children” or “from the mouths of infants.” Meaning, that somehow the youth are speaking the wisdom that has escaped the older ones among us. I feel this idea is particularly significant now, when so many nurturing movements are being led by the young. Listen to what the children fear and dream – perhaps they know something after all.

For a soft decline in population, advance the rights of women. Eliminate forced marriage, have an age of marriage of 18, provide for the education of girls, make sure the workplace is accessible, safe, and comfortable for women, and that they get equal pay for equal work, make available reproductive health services, including birth control, support women who choose not to marry and/or choose not to have children, set up retirement systems so that their children aren’t people’s retirement systems. Women who are self-respecting, socially and financially independent, and able to choose how many children they have, tend to have smaller families than those who aren’t in this fortunate position.

I saw your article on co-CEOs. I think the article could benefit from exploring a bigger example of success. Judo Bank in Australia is now a billion-dollar unicorn brand. All achieved within a period of 18 months. They have two co-CEOs who lead and act with one aligned voice and vision. It works and I strongly disagree with your contributor who says it can’t work.

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