“When you get an invitation to do something in the future, ask yourself: Would you accept this if it was scheduled for tomorrow? Not too many promises will pass that immediacy filter.”
Kevin Kelly, the founding editor of Wired magazine and author of the famous 1,000 true fans theory, recently celebrated his 68th birthday.
The occasion led him to compile 68 bits of unsolicited advice including that being enthusiastic is worth 25 IQ points, pros are just amateurs who know how to gracefully recover from their mistakes, and art is in what you leave out.
Related: How to get more true fans.