Lucy strikes again

I love this columnist! Not that it would mean I agree with everything she says or chooses as topic, I still admire her bold wordings, choices and obvious frankness.

Check this out: Lucy Kellaway on Helen Gurley Brown – the late Cosmo girl.

As usual, I cannot but quote some of the ingenious lines Lucy’s pulled out of several publications featuring Gurley Brown’s comments. Start by comparing to the current throne bearer, Ms. White: “Ms White’s first tip –land a job you’re truly passionate about– is not only a complete yawn,

it’s a bum steer

With youth unemployment so high, she should not be telling anyone anything other than to grab the least worst job going.” And then moving on to Ms Gurley Brown:

Feeling insecure is good for you. It forces you to do something better, drives you to use all your talents.

“I have long suspected that being neurotic is useful – even if tiresome for everyone else. The best way to be good is to fear that you are useless”, writes Lucy.

In addition “Gurley Brown has discovered the answer to the problem so many of us suffer from: we can’t for the life of us remember people’s names, even when we’ve worked with them for ages. For her, the answer was simple:”

she called everyone Pussycat

Although I think it’s not the solution for me, Pussycat does have an interesting ring to it. It sounds quite personal! Nice touch. It is a comforting idea to me that I am not the only one with that particular trait (name-forgetfullness). And most often you simply find people writing about correct this fault instead of laughing about it. Sometimes it’s better to just recognize you have an issue and live with it.

After all

What you have to do is work with the raw material you have, namely you, and never let up

she [Gurley Brown] once said.

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