The sooner you realize that you’re gonna be just another irrelevant footnote in the bargain bin of history, the sooner you can get on with the marvellousness of living your life.
Constructive, thoughtful criticism ruins one for empty flattery. Honest feedback — not accolades — is the treasure worth seeking. And giving. Be known for truth-telling.
One of the most valuable things another person can tell me is that they do not understand what I am saying. This is a great gift. Only an honest intervention like this can save me from the ongoing futility of talking only to myself.