So you know that headline you haven’t clicked yet but you’re thinking about it — the one where NPR radio host Ira Glass will take 1 minute to change your life? Well don’t do it. Have you ever heard that adage that “if at first you don’t succeed, try, try again”? That’s Glass’s wisdom right there, though it takes him longer than a minute to say it.
To repeat: You’re not as good at things when you first start as you are if you keep trying for a while. Even babies know this. By the way, if you see a similar tease that promises you a Malcolm Gladwell idea that will change your life–it’s 10,000 hours of practice. So carry on. Live, love, learn–however you do it. Nobody–no matter how tempting it is to believe–can flush you full of actionable wisdom in 60 seconds. Not Tony Robbins, not Ira Glass, not Oprah–hey, the Ten Commandments take longer than a minute to read carefully. That said, this very concise advice from Larry David is well worth considering. It might even be life-changing!
Here’s the Ira Glass. No clicking necessary: