I am struck with how good this advice is, and am trying to take it to heart. Full transcript follows, under the cut. It's worth listening to -- and reading -- the whole thing. But in brief, Minchin's nine pieces of advice are:
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- You don't need a big dream, a big ambition. Those are OK, but you don't need them. Strive to do well at what you're doing right now.
- The best way to make yourself happy is to keep busy and aim to make someone else happy.
- Build compassion for others by keeping in mind that so much depends on luck. Build happiness and humility by remembering how lucky you are.
- Exercise, for your mental health.
- Critical thinking is important; be critical of your own thinking first. (Also, ignore the artificial conflict between science and the arts, between science and spirituality.)
- Be a teacher, whether formally or informally. Rejoice in what you learn and share your knowledge with others.
- Express your passion for things you love.
- Respect people with less power than you, and treat them well.
- Don't rush, don't panic, don't worry about finding meaning in life, because there is none. Instead, fill your life with learning, with pride in your work, with "compassion, sharing ideas, running, being enthusiastic and then there's love and travel and wine and sex and art and kids and giving and mountain climbing..."
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