Every week one of the founders of my company sends around a
miscellaneous question, and collates the answers, which are shared with
everyone on Monday. This week the question was “What's the best
advice you've ever heard?”
My first draft went like this:
When I was a freshman in college, I skipped a bunch of physics labs
that were part of my physics grade. Toward the end of the semester,
with grades looming, I began to regret this and went to the TA, to ask
if I could do them anyway. He took me to see the lab director, whose
permission was required.
The lab director asked why I'd missed the labs the first time
around. I said, truthfully, that I had no good excuse.
As soon as the I had left the room with the TA, he turned to me and
whispered fiercely “You should have lied!”
That advice is probably very good, and I am very bad at taking it. I
should have written a heartwarming little homily about how my uncle
always told me always to always look for the good in people's hearts,
or something uplifting like that.
So here I am, not taking that TA's advice, again.
I thought about that for a while and wondered if I could think of
anything else to write down. I added:
If you don't like “You should have lied!”, I offer instead
“Nothing is often a good thing to do, and always a clever thing to
I thought about that for a while and decided that nothing was a much
cleverer thing to say, and I had better take my own advice. So I
scrubbed it all out.
I did finally find a good answer. I told everyone that when I was
fifteen, my cousin Alex, who is a chemistry professor, told me never
to go anywhere without a pen and paper. That may actually be the best
advice I have ever received, and I do think it beats out the TA's.
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