There’s a lovely new interview of Kevin Kelly on YouTube as part of David Perell’s How I Write series. These are all such graceful and insightful conversations – I so appreciate Perell sharing them with us.
One of the comments Kelly makes on this conversation is “the more you give, the more you get”.
Kelly calls it one of the weird paradoxes of the universe “that makes no sense whatsoever. … It doesn’t make sense that the most selfish thing you can do is to be selfless. That if you really were aiming to get a lot, that you have to give away a lot. That’s a fundamental paradox, but that is so reliable.”
Generosity. Reminds me of Adam Grant’s notion of the world being made up of givers and takers. Be a giver and you’ll be a whole lot better for it. A constant reminder to self.
This whole interview with Kevin Kelly is another one of his gifts. I love the motto on his website: “Over the long term, the future is decided by optimists!”
Note: I usually listen/watch YouTube videos or podcasts at 1.5x or 2x speed – but not these videos that David Perell is doing. They need to be savored – and are so enjoyable.