It’s no secret that Amy Poehler is a trailblazer for women in comedy, even though she STILL hasn’t won an Emmy for her brilliant work on Parks & Recreation. And in addition to being an actress, writer, Golden Globes’ host, and producer, Poehler also launched an advice series for young girls in 2012 called Smart Girls at the Party. Because some of the stuff she dishes out is just plain genius, we thought we’d round up some of the best advice she has to give.
1. As you navigate through the rest of your life, be open to collaboration. Other people and other people’s ideas are often better than your own. Find a group of people who challenge and inspire you, spend a lot of time with them, and it will change your life.
2. I just love bossy women. I could be around them all day. To me, bossy is not a pejorative term at all. It means somebody’s passionate and engaged and ambitious and doesn’t mind leading.
3. Try to keep your mind open to possibilities and your mouth closed on matters that you don’t know about. Limit your ‘always’ and your ‘nevers.’
4. I cannot stress enough that the answer to life’s questions is often in people’s faces. Try putting your iPhones down once in a while, and look in people’s faces. People’s faces will tell you amazing things. Like if they’re angry, or nauseous, or asleep.
5. Always remember your kid’s name. Always remember where you put your kid. Don’t let your kid drive until their feet can reach the pedals. Use the right size diapers… for yourself. And, when in doubt, make funny faces.
6. Rooting for other people’s failure does get in the way of your success.
7. The earlier you learn that you should focus on what you have, and not obsess about what you don’t have, the happier you will be. You really will be happier in life if you let go of the things you will never have.
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