By Alicia Adamczyk and Julia Bohan
December 3, 2015
Sarina Finkelstein (photo illust—Getty Images (6); AP (2)

It’s a pervasive theory in America that bigger is always better. If you just get a bigger house, a better career, you’ll be happier, more satisfied, and wildly successful. And in some cases, that’s certainly true. But when it comes to useful, inspiring, life-changing advice, sometimes all it takes is six words.

For bite-size bits of wisdom to apply to your career, love life, friendships, and more, Larry Smith (the founder of Smith Magazine) compiled The Best Advice in Six Words: Writers Famous and Obscure on Love, Sex, Money, Friendship, Family, Work, and Much More, as part of his Six-Word Project.

One to keep in mind?

“Never, ever drunk dial your boss,” writes Kamal Parbhakar. Cheers to that.

Click through the gallery for more of the best career advice in the book from the likes of Amy Poehler and Shonda Rhimes and other celebrities, authors, and journalists who know a thing or two about success.

The Best Advice in Six Words is on sale now.



Suze Orman

Matt Sayles—AP

Shonda Rhimes

Lou Rocco—ABC via Getty Images

Michael Ian Black

Theo Wargo—Getty Images for Nantucket Film

Amy Poehler

Arthur Mola—AP

Tavi Gevinson

Gilbert Carrasquillo—Getty images

Craig Newmark

Paul Morigi—Getty Images

Graydon Carter

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Anna Griffin

Beck Starr—Getty Images

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