The best advice is usually the simplest, wouldn’t you agree? The things we learned as kids or in kindergarten – those are the things that make life easy.
I had a chance to visit with Emily while at Alt Design Summit and I am here to tell you what you see on TV is what you get in person. Emily is funny, kind, smart, quirky in the best possible way and endlessly endearing. Creative people don’t like to be put in “absolute” boxes, so I wondered if asking questions that began with “always” and “never” would be a little challenging.
Turns out I was half right.
“Always BE NICE,” was her immediate response. The story behind the answer was clear: it’s how she was raised. Her background plays such a strong part in her life now that the same guidance is given to all that work for her. Be nice. Always. Period.
Emily tells a story of when she was working for someone else and her boss commented one day, “You seem to get so much more done. People actually give you what you want. That’s amazing.” It’s not amazing to Emily – she knows you catch more flies with honey than vinegar and that a kind word is some of the greatest currency there is.
“So few people are nice these days. It goes a long way. It’s not easy, but you have to do it.”
The NEVER question may have stumped her a bit more and she asked to have some time to think about it a bit longer and because I, too, know the value of “nice”, I was happy to accommodate.
I love her answer.
Chasing perfection is futile and maddening and there is a line between working to be the best you and obsessing about flaws and errors.
Thanks to Emily for the lovely chat. What do you think? Has she given sage advice?