I came across this list called Tips for Learning, which was originally published in the YCN Student Awards Annual. The title sounds rather dry but it’s actually quite helpful and includes things like tip no. 5 – “Remember that ‘common sense’ is a cultural construction” and tip no. 6 – “Have conversations with people who aren’t like you”. Each tip is accompanied by rad illustrations done by the fantastic Dan Woodger.
My favourite has to be tip no. 8 – Keen is better than cool:
Cool doesn’t care. It doesn’t get involved. Cool is unflappable and unemotional. Keen cares. Keen is passionate and nerdy. Keen will laugh and cry and own one’s emotions. Keen rules the world. Care about what you do and you’ll see the difference.
Feigned passion destroys morale; your own and other’s. My advice: if you really don’t care about it – any of it – you’re probably barking up the wrong tree. Find a new job or a new project that you’re passionate about. Money follows passion because eventually and with practice, you’ll get really good at doing whatever it is you love.