"Keep away from those who try to belittle your ambitions. Small people always do that, but the really great make you believe that you too can become great" -- Mark Twain

How to be Smarter: The song "Question" by The Old 97's is presumably about a man getting ready to ask a woman to marry him. But I really like the line "Some day somebody's gonna ask you/A question that you should say yes to/Once in your life." That lyric applies to more than a marriage proposal: every once in a while, somebody (a boss, a professor, a mentor, a friend) does ask you a once-in-a-lifetime question, even if the question ("Will you join my start-up?," "Can you move to a new city with me?", "May I help you draft your first novel?") doesn't feel as special as a marriage proposal when it's being asked. But just like a marriage proposal, most opportunities do only come around once. And I really believe you should say "yes" to as many opportunities that come your way as possible. How to be Prettier: When I was walking down the street today, I saw a girl whose simple outfit I really liked: black jeans tucked into tan mid-height boots, with a cream-striped sweater. She looked classically fall, with her hair in a low ponytail, but still really fresh and modern.

How to be (less) Awkward:  Every few months, I like to go through my old tagged pictures on Facebook or the ones I have saved on my computer, and email a funny picture or two to my friends of our past adventures. It's fun for me to go through old pictures, and I (hope) it brightens up the day for my friends to get a silly picture from 2007 in their email.