Here are the ten things you need to know.
1. Your hair matters far, far less than you think.
2. In fact, the way you look matters far less than you think.
3. “Can I ask a dumb question?” is never a good thing to say.
4. In fact, asking permission to speak is never a good idea at all.
5. While we’re on the subject, don’t speak too fast because you’re afraid of wasting your listener’s time. Listening to what you have to say is the highest and best use of anyone’s time. Even if your hair looks terrible.
6. And don’t edit what you say before you say it. That would be you, getting in the way of truth, and, worse, of your heart.
7. You are already working approximately 25 percent harder than you have to to get the result you want. Chillax.
8. Don’t hang out with anyone who doesn’t understand why you’re so wonderful, or who needs to be told, or who doesn’t tell you at regular intervals or when you forget.
9. That little voice you keep ignoring is the only one you should ever listen to.
Lisa Scottoline in What I Know Now: Letters to My Younger Self (via kuwazaidi)