Maggie Kuhn was an American activist known for founding the Gray Panthers movement, after she was forced to retire from her job at the then-mandatory retirement age of 65.
“Leave safety behind. Put your body on the line. Stand before the people you fear and speak your mind — even if your voice shakes. When you least expect it, someone may actually listen to what you have to say. Well-aimed slingshots can topple giants. And do your homework.”
— Maggie Kuhn
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My favorite excerpt from Seth Godin’s writing on “The persistence of hierarchy and status roles” is this:
The best lesson of high school might be that everyone has a noise in their heads, everyone feels uncomfortable and everyone would appreciate a little kindness and respect.
Amen to that!
Read the full article here, which by the way, begins with an anecdote about the indi band REM.
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Regard everyone you meet, from barbers to luminaries, as potential teammates.
Ah yes. I remember it well. Makes me a bit sad how true this statement is:
The internet was originally designed as a resilience machine, designed to heal itself and work around interruptions. And the essence of it was a distributed, peer-to-peer network that worked precisely because it was open. As data is hoarded, manipulated and monetized, that original intent has been turned upside down. ~ Seth Godin
Rishad Tobaccowala, author of “Restoring the Soul of Business: Staying Human in the Age of Data” has the most subscribe-worthy blog that you should absolutely read now.
I suggest you start here with his thoughtful 12 Career Lessons.
All the way from “1. Find the least sucky job you can” to “4. Even the best jobs are only good seventy percent of the time” then “12. Build a portfolio career and start giving back aggressively” will serve as a roadmap and reality check. I promise.