Points to Pon­der

Reader's Digest (Canada) - - Contents - BY CHRISTINA PALAS­SIO

Plan and pre­pare ... but when the time comes, trust your­self and let go.


in Inc., on the key to suc­cess I of­ten speak to stu­dents and emerg­ing en­trepreneurs, and one piece of ad­vice I give them is to have naive am­bi­tion—you have to be a lit­tle naive to be­lieve that your busi­ness, which may now be only a spread­sheet, could be a big in­ter­na­tional player one day.


WealthSim­ple, in Cana­dian Busi­ness I wasn’t go­ing to run. I fig­ured I’m not go­ing to out­run an ea­gle, so we might as well see what hap­pens.

Seat­tle Mariners pitcher

JAMES PAX­TON, af­ter an ea­gle landed on him dur­ing a game The world will be a dif­fer­ent place in 20 years, and we have no idea what that will look like. I think that’s why we have con­ver­sa­tions; that’s why we have to lis­ten; that’s why we make art.

Anishi­naabe artist

RE­BECCA BELMORE Peo­ple of­ten treat art

as though it is very dif­fer­ent from any other

pro­fes­sion and ask, Why would you want to keep do­ing this? This is my job and my love; I can­not imag­ine life

with­out art.

Late Inuit artist KENO­JUAK ASHE­VAK

It’s pretty neat to stand at the tallest spot on earth and look out to see the cur­va­ture of the world.


the sec­ond-old­est Cana­dian to sum­mit

Ever­est, at 64, in Av­enue Mag­a­zine We still don’t know how brain causes mind—how mind causes iden­tity over time. We don’t know how … chem­i­cal re­ac­tions in your nerves can cre­ate pain or how mem­o­ries are formed. The hu­man brain re­ally is the last fron­tier.


on CBC Ra­dio’s The Next Chap­ter We all have lists—I cer­tainly do—of things I know I want to do and that I know would be good for me, yet I don’t do them. So I started to ask the ques­tion: “Why don’t we change?” Af­ter months and months We’re never mean to each other, so if we dis­agree, we pout. That’s sort of the Cana­dian way. But we did used to love punch­ing Alex [Life­son] when he said some­thing stupid.

GEDDY LEE, on life in Rush, in Rolling Stone of re­search, the an­swer was neu­ro­sci­en­tific—we are wired against it.

Jour­nal­ist AMANDA LANG, on her book The Beauty of Dis­com­fort: How What We

Avoid Is What We Need In the wake of [Har­vey] We­in­stein, if you are a man­ager of a com­pany and you see sex­ual harass­ment, you see sex­ual pre­da­tion of any kind, you have to act on it.

Em­ploy­ment lawyer

HOWARD LE­VITT, in The Globe and Mail We should worry about why farm­ers can’t sup­port them­selves or their liveli­hoods the way they once used to. I be­lieve we should be sup­port­ing those who put their heart into pro­vid­ing good food in this coun­try.


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