I’m Rich! – By @katyedelsten
By Katy Edelsten
They should call it ‘The School of Communicating Advice’.
As a student here, I’m super-duper-totally-knees-deep wealthy in advice. If girls clothes had decent sized pockets, they’d be absolutely bursting at the seams. My brain is certainly near to full.
Every masterclass we have is led by another inspiring person that dishes out advice and recommendations for careers and life and school and more. My notebook is starting to look like an instagram feed of motivational quotes. For some reason I always write the advice in capitals so as I flick through I just see them jump out right at me;
JUST DO IT. PASSION PROJECTS. MAKE STUFF. etc.etc.
It’s brilliant, please don’t get me wrong for even one tiny second. But it’s hard to know what advice to take and what to realise isn’t quite right for you. It’s also tricky to know where advice really comes from.
Sometimes I wonder if the person giving advice would ever really follow it; sometimes I think that if you have to point out advice then the thing isn’t natural enough to just do anyway, and then maybe it’s an impossible thing to fulfil… and so we’ll all just do the inevitable and fail at it.
Sometimes advice just makes me feel sad for the state of the world.*
You obviously cannot take all the advice given to you. You’d just be a shambles.
Someone better at words than me (Mary Schmich) said; “Be careful whose advice you buy, but be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia. Dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth”
I’ll get back to you when I’ve worked out what the answer is.
Watch this if you somehow haven’t already – httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?
*Case in point; the old ‘be nice and work hard’ mantra. I mean if you’re telling people to remember to be nice then everything has really gone downhill around here. Also, for anyone currently following this advice, you’re going to slip up and not be nice at some point so you might as well just be yourself. That’s actually the nicer thing to do anyway, so you might as well stop tricking people. And save some energy.