Tips From Other Humans

Most people are now familiar with Humans of New York, Brandon Stanton‘s brilliant series of portraits snapped around NYC (and around the world), which became such a successful photoblog that his reach expanded to books and now film.

If you haven’t yet seen the new Humans of New York interview series, it’s worth checking out on Facebook. There are some amazing stories there, grouped by themes, from a range of very interesting humans.

Here’s one of the trailers to give you a taste – it seems like a perfect thing to watch for Friday feels, heading into a weekend (and it’s a looong weekend and a time change for some of us here in Australia, woohoo). And two of my favourites from Instagram.

And if you’re not on Facebook, you can still check out some of the HONY stories here.


Oh, The Places You’ll Go

If there is a better philosopher than Dr Seuss, I’d be surprised. We were raised on his rhymes and tongue twisting tales, and I think the good doctor definitely helped to feed my imagination and love of clever words and general silliness.

I have too many favourites to mention, but Oh, The Places You’ll Go has been a long-time guide and source of inspiration. Over the years, I’ve bought copies to share with colleagues who need a bit of a kick, or I’ve given the books as farewell gifts when I’ve left jobs. (I know that’s not the way it’s traditionally done, but I guess I think I’m not going to be here anymore, so look to Dr Seuss for answers to your questions.)


It’s a gem, and I highly recommend it for your personal library, and also as a gift for nearly every occasion. I read about a primary school principal who gave a copy to each graduating student as a takeaway pep talk to help on their journey to and through high school. At work, it’s a fitting gift for the recently promoted, the newly hired, and even the newly fired (NB, not if they’re still in the angry / sad stages of the grieving process).

I’ve just re-read it now (there’s another advantage of Dr Seuss vs a traditional motivational book – Dr Seuss’ work is quick to read) and there are so many highlights, it’s tough to narrow it down. Every page is basically packing a wisdom punch. I’d go as far as saying it is the best work (and life) advice you’ll ever get.

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose.

Amen to that.

And when things start to happen, don’t worry. Don’t stew. Just go right along. You’ll start happening too.

It’s an upbeat book about opportunity, sure, but it also provides reassurance for when things turn to crap, as they sometimes do.

And when you’re in a Slump, you’re not in for much fun. Un-slumping yourself is not easily done.

So be sure when you step. Step with care and great tact and remember that Life’s a Great Balancing Act. Just never forget to be dexterous and deft. And never mix up your right foot with your left.

And then, some hard data to back it all up [SPOILER ALERT]:

And will you succeed? Yes! You will, indeed! (98 and 3/4 per cent guaranteed.)

So, if you’re looking for motivation, or if you have lots of questions buzzing around your head, or if you like funny rhyming words that don’t appear in a conventional dictionary, this book is for you. And that is a work tip for humans that I stand by, 100 per cent.


Paul Keating is a former Prime Minister of Australia, and a personal hero to many, including me. Whatever your political perspective, you can surely appreciate the many sharp barbs, biting observations and absolute zingers that he hurled across parliament and the media. Clever, witty, and always on point, PJK was a genius – and still is, even if his more recent commentaries have a touch of the ‘nutty old man’ about them.

I could go on all day, but there’s a point to this, I swear. Today begins our series of inspirational Quotable Quotes, gifted to you to recycle at the right time in your workplace. Whether shouted directly, muttered under your breath, or sent by secret message, we hope that you will find these Quotable Quotes useful, particularly in your working life.

We begin with one of my favourite quotes from PJK – he was using it to describe then-Treasurer Peter Costello back in 2007, but I’m sure we all have (at least) one of these miracles of nature in our workplace…