Note: Back in my 'mind like a fortress' days, I really waged war on people telling you you can't do something - but as a side note in my more milder days (12 months later), I'd like to add that getting constructive advice on how to do it is awesome, like Green Thai Curries on a Phuket Beach.
If you have not been reading this blog since the start, you can (if you like) click here and acquaint yourself with my early brilliance. Or you can simply blink your eyes and say over and over "there is no place like Shambhala", and you, the tin man, the lion and the scarecrow will be transported to Panda Land.
If this fails, all is lost - stock up on cans of food and build an underground bunker. Or buy some ruby shoes, and rinse and repeat.
In said Inner Panda article, I ramble about not following the proverbial herd, like pandas (eating bamboo shoots however is optional)... and trusting your inner compass and taking advice offered as simply options for the inner panda to decide upon.
(If I had followed the advice on the Internet forums, for example, I would never have written the greatest book you'll ever read, let alone self-published it. And lots of kids would have grown up not knowing who Ebben or Ariella-Maria are.)
For those slightly older than me, you might remember the game lemmings. If you didn't build a block, those cute little stupid things would walk off the cliff together and die. Lemmings Heaven is really crowded, but occasionally they fall off the clouds, too.
Don't be a lemming. Be a panda. And be good to your mother.
Anyway, click here for a video I made that graphically demonstrates the dangers of following a friend's advice without thinking twice. (And you know it's good advice when it rhymes.) Watch it, and learn from it.
If you haven't bought it yet, you should. Maybe twice - or thrice. It is called 'The Last King of Shambhala' - and you can read what it is about by clicking here or simply buying the book and eating the pages with bamboo shoots. :-)