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Life Lessons: Linda Carlson


Life Lessons:
Linda Carlson


*Are you happy at the moment?


*If you could go back and say anything to your 16-year-old self now – what would it be?

Take more risks.

*What’s the most important thing you’ve learned this year?

Adapt! Adapt! Adapt!

*What do you most want to achieve in the next 12 months?

Continue to grow intellectually and make new friends.

*What’s your secret to happiness?

Make the effort to stay in touch (or reconnect) with old friends, and to make the first move with potential new acquaintances.

*What one ritual or practice keeps you grounded?

I row at dawn twice weekly when weather permits. Just me, two oars, a shell, the ducks and the geese as the sun rises and the city wakes up.

*What’s your biggest regret?

That I didn’t take more risks in my 20s.

*What’s the most important lesson you’ve taught your kid(s)?

Develop a strong work ethic and don’t go into debt.

*What bad habit would you most like to change about yourself?

Inserting foot in mouth due to lack to tact or forethought.

*Aside from motherhood/fatherhood and marriage what are you most proud of in your life?

I’ve written 15 books, one of which is a history that may be in print forever.

*When were you happiest?

Probably when I was pregnant with my first child—I was so absorbed in what was happening that little else worried or irritated me.

*What ten words best describe you?

Creative, takes initiative, detail-oriented, outgoing, outspoken, sense of humor, hard-working…


Linda Carlson is a Seattle marketing consultant and the author of “Company Towns in the Pacific Northwest” (University of Washington Press) and several business titles, including the popular 1990s series, “How to Find a Good Job in Seattle.” A graduate of Washington State University’s journalism program and the Harvard Business School, she sold her first article to a daily paper as a college freshman and her first book, a small business marketing guide, to a Boston publisher at age 29. Her posts on small business marketing appear on LinkedIn at Information about her books is at She is the mother of two, both born after age 35. In her free time, she takes a daily Norwegian class and she blogs at

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