Heard on Campus: Tim Gunn

"I have one other overarching piece of advice about how we navigate the world, and I do practice it but I'll give you a codicil after I deliver it. And it's the following: Take the high road. No matter how much strife and consternation you're faced with, no matter how angry you are, no matter how much you want to write that nasty email, no matter how much you want to [slap] your boss or family member, don't do it. I have never, ever done that and not regretted it and whenever I take the high road, I'm happy.

"Now, here's the codicil, and it has to do with my mother, may she rest in peace. Sometimes the high road gets so high, and she would take me there, that my nose would bleed. Then it's time to get off, and you do and you deal with it. So if the high road gets so high your nose is bleeding, you have permission to get off of it."

-- Tim Gunn, speaking Nov. 8 in Eisenhower Auditorium, and live-streamed online to Penn State World Campus students, as part of the Student Programming Association's Distinguished Speakers Series. Gunn shared stories and advice from his experience as an instructor and administrator at Parsons: The New School for Design, as well as from the reality-television show "Project Runway," makeover show "Tim Gunn's Guide to Style" and his books "Tim Gunn: A Guide to Quality, Taste and Style," "Gunn's Golden Rules: Life's Little Lessons for Making It Work" and "Tim Gunn's Fashion Bible: The Fascinating History of Everything in Your Closet."  

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Last Updated November 09, 2012