Advice in 7 words or less

  • Want affection? Offer genuine attention and appreciation.
  • To persuade someone, tell a compelling story.
  • For unqualified love, adopt a shelter animal.
  • Don’t try to do anything important alone.
  • First, understand why it is that way.
  • Do one or two things really well.
  • Find a need and fill it.
  • Know what problem you’re solving.
  • Never be indebted to strangers.
  • Find and do meaningful work.
  • You can’t change a culture.
  • Try not to try too hard.
  • Find where you belong.
  • It’s never that simple.
  • Be good to yourself.
  • Change yourself first.
  • Trust your instincts.
  • Buy less stuff.
  • Stop at one.
  • Think critically.
  • Pay attention.
  • Live simply.
  • Be yourself.
  • Just begin.
  • Never lie.
  • Reconnect.
  • Practice.
  • Imagine.


Ed Dowding

Ed Dowding

Founder, strategist, writer, gadfly, TED talker, world-record holder, and (foolishly) reality-TV farmer. DOES: Innovation, Product, Advocacy THINKS: Regenerative Systems, Institution design, 300 year horizons

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