#166 Kevin Kelly: Excellent Advice for Living
The Knowledge Project with Shane Parrish
Tue, May 16, 2023
Podchat Summary

Episode Description: Excellent Advice for Living Wisdom with Kevin Kelly

In this thought-provoking episode, Shane Parish sits down with Kevin Kelly, the co-founder of Wired magazine and author of "Excellent Advice for Living Wisdom." Together, they explore the profound insights and wisdom shared in Kelly's book, covering a wide range of topics that will leave you inspired and contemplative.

Learning from Those You Disagree With

Kelly and Parish dive into the importance of embracing diverse perspectives and learning from those with whom we may disagree. They discuss how this approach can lead to personal growth and a deeper understanding of the world around us.

The Power of Deadlines

Deadlines often carry a negative connotation, but Kelly offers a fresh perspective on their value. He explains how deadlines can be powerful motivators and catalysts for creativity, pushing us to accomplish more than we thought possible.

The Transformative Power of Forgiveness

Kelly and Parish explore the concept of forgiveness and its profound impact on our lives. They discuss how forgiveness can free us from the burden of resentment and open the door to personal growth and healing.

Defining Success on Your Own Terms

One of the key themes of Kelly's book is the importance of defining success on our own terms. He encourages listeners to question societal expectations and to create their own definitions of success, leading to a more fulfilling and authentic life.

The Role of Artificial Intelligence in Society

Kelly shares his insights on the role of artificial intelligence (AI) in society, discussing its potential to revolutionize various industries and improve our understanding of ourselves. He also addresses the ethical considerations and potential risks associated with AI development and use.

New Religions Based on AI

Intriguingly, Kelly and Parish touch on the possibility of new religions emerging based on AI. They explore the potential implications of this phenomenon and its impact on society and spirituality.

Kindness, Compassion, and Gratitude

Kelly emphasizes the importance of kindness, compassion, and gratitude in our interactions with others. He shares how these qualities can enhance our relationships and contribute to a more harmonious and fulfilling life.

A Long-Term View on Relationships and Decision-Making

Lastly, Kelly encourages listeners to take a long-term view when it comes to relationships and decision-making. He shares his insights on how this perspective can lead to more meaningful connections and wiser choices.

This episode is a captivating exploration of wisdom and advice for living a more fulfilling life. Join Shane Parish and Kevin Kelly as they delve into these thought-provoking topics and inspire you to embrace new perspectives and approaches.

Original Show Notes
When Kevin Kelly turned 68 years old, he began writing down notes and thoughts about all the lessons he’d learned in his life and the ones he wished he’d learned earlier. While those notes were originally intended for his young adult children, they eventually became the book Excellent Advice for Living: Wisdom I Wish I'd Known Earlier, which was released in May 2023. On this episode of the Knowledge Project, Kelly goes in-depth on some of the book’s most essential lessons, including learning, setting deadlines, perfection, forgiveness, living a meaningful life, reasoning, and so much more.

Kelly is the co-founder of the magazine Wired, which twice won the National Magazine Award for General Excellence while he served as publication’s Executive Editor during the 1990s. He is also the co-chair of The Long Now Foundation, a membership organization that champions long-term thinking, as well as the founder of the popular Cool Tools website, which has been reviewing tools daily for 20 years. He is also an artist as well as the author of 14 books.


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