Good advice

I came across this poem in a subreddit today. I don't know much about Rudyard Kipling but I liked the stoicism. The person was referencing a difficult work environment.

If— by Rudyard Kipling | Poetry Foundation
If you can keep your head when all about you

Which reminds me, here's another collection that's been sitting in my bookmarks.  

68 Bits of Unsolicited Advice
It’s my birthday. I’m 68. I feel like pulling up a rocking chair and dispensing advice to the young ’uns. Here are 68 pithy bits of unsolicited advice which I offer as my birthday present to all of you. •

It's full of great pieces of advice. Some of my favourites:

  • Being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points.
  • If you desperately need a job, you are just another problem for a boss; if you can solve many of the problems the boss has right now, you are hired. To be hired, think like your boss.
  • Separate the processes of creation from improving. You can’t write and edit, or sculpt and polish, or make and analyze at the same time. If you do, the editor stops the creator. While you invent, don’t select. While you sketch, don’t inspect. While you write the first draft, don’t reflect. At the start, the creator mind must be unleashed from judgement.