The Only 6 Pieces of Life, Work & Career Advice You’ll Ever Need

by Alexander Heyne · 12 comments

I had the awesome experience of finding Daniel Pink’s book The Adventures of Johnny Bunko the other day, and quickly devoured it in one setting.

Now, although It’s basically an anime (and I don’t like anime – even though I’ve been accused of having yellow fever), this book is ridiculously good.

The cover reads “the only career advice you’ll ever need” and I pretty much agree.

I won’t waste your time with a big ass annoying intro, instead, I’ve loaded this post with images from each chapter.

Daniel Pink is a HUGE favorite of mine because he talks a lot about:

  • Flow
  • Intrinsic motivation
  • Enjoying life and not hating the shit out of your work

… So go buy all of his books.

Enjoy !

The Epic Six Pieces of Advice

  1. There is no plan
  2. Think strengths, not weaknesses
  3. It’s not about you
  4. Persistence trumps talent
  5. Make excellent mistakes
  6. Leave an imprint

Lesson 1: There is No Plan (Shit Sounds Great In Your Head But Never Works Out That Way in Reality – So DO Something)

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Lesson 2: Think Strengths, Not Weaknesses  (Don’t Do Shit You Hate Because You Think It’ll Lead Somewhere – Do Shit Because It’s Awesome and Interests You)

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Lesson 3: It’s Not About You (Whether You’re In a 9-5, Freelancing, or Self Employed – The More You Think About What Others Want [ And Give Them It ] The More You’ll Get What You Want)

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Lesson 4: Persistence Trumps Talent (‘Nuff Said)

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Lesson 5: Make Excellent Mistakes (Rolling Joints in Class = Rookie Mistake.  Trying Something You’ve Never Done Before For Your Biz That Fails = Excellent Mistake)

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Lesson 6: Leave an Imprint (Leave Some Water For The Fishies, Yo)

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What Do You Think?

I’ve read a hell of a lot of career guides, “find your passion” type books and yadda yadda, but Daniel Pink seems to knock it out of the park with every book he writes.

Bonus points that he referenced my man Doc. C (The Flow Masta).

What’s the best career advice you ever got?

Hit me up with a comment below –

Ciao ciao

— Alex

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{ 12 comments… read them below or add one }

Elaine March 8, 2013 at 4:45 pm

Amazing how simple it is, right? We make it so difficult. Thanks for this post! I needed it today.

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Alexander Heyne March 9, 2013 at 10:27 am

Hey Elaine!

I know, right? I think it’s human to always want to search for more – more complexity, more advice, more opinions, more .. stuff. And then the cycle repeats itself – always accumulating, but never just applying solid, timeless advice.

Thanks for stopping by !

Alex

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Jason L March 12, 2013 at 8:57 am

This is one of a few blogs I read on a consistent bases.

Well done, keep up the good work.

I’m sure many people are truely benefiting from your unique approach and work.

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Alexander Heyne March 12, 2013 at 12:12 pm

Thanks Jason!

I’ll keep writing, don’t worry – I think there are a lot more people who need to hear the gospel of milk the pigeon! ;)

Best,
Alex

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Rob March 13, 2013 at 7:17 am

Hey Alex and others,

Great article. I personally have written an article that you might enjoy as well. It is about our duty to find purpose in life: http://theyoungsocrates.com/2013/03/13/the-purpose-of-life-is-to-look-for-a-purpose/ . Keep up the good work.

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Alexander Heyne March 18, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Thanks Rob! Will check it out –

Alex

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Willie T. March 14, 2013 at 12:06 am

Love the book and your posts. Keep doing what you’re doing Alex!

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Alexander Heyne March 18, 2013 at 8:21 pm

Thanks Willie ! I really appreciate man.

Best,
Alex

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Aziz Ali July 25, 2013 at 6:36 pm

True. That is all the advice I need.

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Barbie June 16, 2014 at 2:51 pm

It’s funny, I ran across your blog a couple of weeks ago searching for more meaning in my life. You speak so much to me, even though you target 20 somethings. I’m a 40 Something who wishes I knew this stuff 20 years ago and am now just working on making the best of the time I have left. I love Your Blog and just know that you are also making a difference to people beyond the 20 Something Age Group! =)

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Alexander Heyne June 20, 2014 at 1:40 pm

Hey Barbie – awesome, so glad to hear that :-).

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Karin November 29, 2014 at 4:15 am

Barbie, I’m right there with you and I’m 40 something and looking for my purpose in Life.

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