Women in their multitudes is something that needs to be seen more than men in their multitudes. —Graeme Manson, regarding whether he ever considered a male lead for Orphan Black (x)
Oh, God. We have three options. He would either run away, he would try to sleep with it, or he would insult it. I’m not entirely sure which one yet. —Jordan Gavaris on ‘what would Felix do if he found out he had a clone’ [x

Richard Branson has a life tip for us all: “You only live one life, so I would do the thing that you are going to enjoy.” Is there any rich and successful person in the entire world who hasn’t given the rest of us this advice?

I know I’m being cranky, but I am sick to death of rich people telling us to “follow our passion” or something similar. (In a 10-part list, Branson repeats this advice in five different forms.) Some of us, of course, are lucky enough to get to do that. I’ve come pretty close, for example. But for most of us, this is a recipe for going broke. That’s because, sadly, the world tends to assign a low market value to most of our passions.

Here’s some better advice: try to avoid stuff that you hate. I admit that this is less uplifting, but it’s generally more achievable and produces reasonable results. You might not ever get your dream job, or your dream house, or your dream partner, because that’s just the way the lottery of life works. But with a little bit of effort, you might be able to avoid a soul-crushing job, a two-hour commute, and an empty relationship. Maybe. It’s worth a try, anyway.

But honestly, most of us are better off saving our passions for our hobbies. This won’t get me invited to give any commencement speeches, but it’s still pretty solid advice.

Here’s Some Better Life Advice Than Richard Branson’s.

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