Jim O’Brien: Remain faithful to  your first aspiration, and 63 other sage nuggets of advice

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Benjamin Franklin is reputed to have said that when it comes to advice, fools won’t take it and the wise don’t need it.

y mother-in-law recently gave me a book on advice — she obviously holds out hope that I might improve. Thankfully she is also a woman of prayer. The book, a fascinating and most palatable read, was compiled by Richard Reed, one of the founders of Innocent Drinks, the highly successful fruit beverage company.
If I Could Tell You Just One Thing: Encounters with Remarkable People and Their Most Valuable Advice is based on 62 short interviews with 64 extraordinary people, some of whom are familiar names and others not.

They include political leaders President Bill Clinton, Tony Blair and Nicola Sturgeon, authors Margaret Atwood and Edna O’Brien, the great David Attenborough, Annie Lennox, Harry Belafonte, Stephen Fry, Richard Branson, Simon Cowell, Dr Maki Mandela, Alain de Botton, Auschwitz survivor Lily Ebert and Judi Dench.
Reed asks them for the single most important piece of advice they have to give.
The results are presented in short, easily digestible chapters that include brief biographies of the subjects, with lots of amazing little nuggets about their lives.
Some of the …

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