2. Listen to criticism but defend your opinions; in the end, let your work speak for itself.
3. The issue of the moment usually started long before it finally manifested. Search for problems – and solutions – further upstream.
4. Use the right tools for the job, even if you have to make them yourself. Match the medium to the message.
5. Know what true excellence feels like and what it takes to achieve it. Once you’ve had a taste of excellence, you will know how to find it again.
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