Advice, like youth, is probably just wasted on the young. [Article]

Mary Schmich was never invited to give a graduation address, but there was no reason, she says, that we can’t entertain ourselves by composing a Guide to Life for Graduates.

Baz Luhrmann adapted these into a movie – listen here to Sunscreen, if you’ve never heard it.

Things to worry and not worry about [Letter]

F. Scott Fitzgerald wrote a letter to his daughter Frances in August 1933, about the things to worry and not worry about.

All I believe in in life is the rewards for virtue (according to your talents) and the punishments for not fulfilling your duties, which are doubly costly. 

Things to worry about:  Worry about courage  Worry about cleanliness Worry about efficiency Worry about horsemanship…

Startup advice for the not-mega-rich folks [Article]

Leo Babauta writes about advising his 13-year old to start her own vegan cupcake business, and how that advice was shaped by his own experience.

Screw the business plan. Planning, like perfection, is useless and stands in your way. Sure, you want to think things through, but planning is based on faulty information (we can’t know the future). Instead, experiment. Get started. Do. Then see what happens, and adjust. Flexibility is much more important than a good plan.

The answers to my problems were always simpler than I wanted them to be. [Article]

David of Raptitude discovers a profound truth to a vexing but common problem that I can certainly relate to:

it’s almost always obvious what others should do, and less obvious what we should do ourselves. I’ve become increasingly aware of this phenomenon, both on the giving end and receiving end of advice.

Feynmann Method [short note]

Richard Feynman was fond of giving the following advice on how to be a genius. You have to keep a dozen of your favorite problems constantly present in your mind, although by and large they will lay in a dormant state. Every time you hear or read a new trick or a new result, test it against each of your twelve problems to see whether it helps. Every once in a while there will be a hit, and people will say: “How did he do it? He must be a genius!”

The best marriage advice I’ve ever read. I repeat, Ever. [Article]

Old Bob Fulghum had me hooked to his writing when I was 16; when I read “Uh oh” from cover to cover instead of listening to an accountancy lecture on ‘double entry system of bookkeeping’. One of my favourite people (not just authors), Fulghum has some advice about marriage to his beloved god-daughter – and universally applicable to anyone contemplating marriage (or who’s already married). “Attend to your marriage, not your wedding.”