How the power players do it - by Fortune senior editor at large Patricia Sellers

Nora Ephron's Best Advice

July 10, 2009: 1:31 PM ET

If you read only the on-line version of Fortune's "Best Advice I Ever Got"--our recent cover package that's on newsstands until Monday--you missed Nora Ephron. You know her quirky, intelligent wit from her best-selling books and movies like When Harry Met Sally and Sleepless in Seattle. Here's "My Two Cents"--10 Best Advice tips, actually--from the director, screenwriter and novelist whom I've long admired and come to know:

Never put tomatoes in the refrigerator.

Location, location, location.

Life is too short.

Never run for a bus.

Don't learn how to iron or someone will make you do it.

Don't eat anything that's not worth eating.

You know as much about investing your money as they do.

Yelling at your children is no more effective than speaking softly.

Marry a man who was unhappily married to his first wife for 17 years.

Get a dog.

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Pattie Sellers
Pattie Sellers
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Pattie Sellers has written more than 20 Fortune cover stories including "Marissa Mayer: Ready to Rumble at Yahoo," "Muhtar Kent's New Coke," "Oprah's Next Act", "The $100 Billion Woman" (Melinda Gates), and "Gone with the Wind" (Ted Turner). She co-founded Fortune Most Powerful Women and oversees the Fortune MPW Summit, the preeminent gathering of women leaders in business and beyond—and programs such as Fortune MPW Entrepreneurs and the Fortune-U.S. State Department Global Women Leaders Mentoring Partnership. Pattie also develops Live Content across Time Inc. Her blog, Postcards, is about how power players lead and navigate their careers. Pattie won Time Inc.'s prestigious MVP award for her performance in 2012.

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