What’s the best advice that anyone has ever given you?

Reddit asks the question.  Here are just a few of the answers:

  • Don’t ruin a good apology with an excuse
  • If you keep comparing your life to someone else’s you will never be happy.
  • The reason we struggle with insecurity is because we compare our behind-the-scenes with everyone else’s highlight reel.
  • Live like you make 25% less than you do.
  • Buy a plunger before you need a plunger
  • My dad gave me this piece of advice before I left for college: “Treat it like a job. Work 9 to 5, going to classes, then studying in a quiet spot in the library. Nothing to do? Work ahead on papers and assignments.” I did as he directed from the first day after orientation. I never pulled an all-nighter writing a paper or studying for exams. I never missed a class. College wasn’t a stressful experience for me, despite being in a competitive major. I graduated with a 3.83.
    • Corrolary: “You can work hard for 4 years, and have fun for the rest of your life, or you can have fun for 4 years, and work hard for the rest of your life.”
  • If you own the house, fix it now, don’t wait because it will only get worse.
  • The moment you place someone on a pedestal they will look down upon you.
  • Don’t be an idiot.  Whenever I’m about to do something, I think, ‘Would an idiot do that?’ And if they would, I do not do that thing.
  • ‘No matter what happens, always be yourself. You’re an amazing person.
  • Never treat someone like a priority when that someone treats you like you’re an option.
  • Don’t hold grudges. 
    • Holding a grudge is like letting someone live in your head rent-free.
    • Holding a grudge is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die.
  • You are the only one responsible for your happiness.
  • The meaning of life is to give your life meaning.

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What’s the best advice that anyone has ever given you?


20 thoughts on “What’s the best advice that anyone has ever given you?”

  1. Someone once told me, “It has been said that you can choose your friends but not your relatives, and I say, ‘says who?'”

  2. From a former boss who was an A4 pilot in Vietnam. He once was spared a lengthy stay in the Hanoi Hilton after being hit by AA fire. His plane was leaking fuel and hydraulic fluid and his wing man kept yelling at him to bail out over the radio. He told me he learned his most valuable life lesson that day. Namely “If the sum-bitch is still flying, quit dicking around and fly it. If it ain’t flying, get the hell out without a second thought”.

    He managed to make it out over the coast (as he put it, “streaming fire from everything aft of the wings”) before the hydraulics gave out and he lost control. He bailed out and was recovered by a navy helicopter. Had he bailed out right away (over land) he would have surely been captured and most likely tortured. He had said that many times that simple thought has broken him out of a cycle of indecision.

    I adopted that advice many times in my life when wondering about what do with a problem. “If its flying, fly it. If it ain’t, get out” has served me well thru my life.


    • Early in my work life I had a boss who was a veteran AF pilot. Whenever I walked into his office he’d say, “Got a problem?” I’d answer “Yes”. “Find solutions,” was his answer. Best work advice I ever got. He got me into the habit of doing my own thinking before running for help.

  3. Not one I received but one I gave to my kids. If you’re going to do something questionable always ask yourself, if I do this will it piss Dad off? If it will piss Dad off then don’t do it. Plain and simple.

  4. From a friend years ago when I had my daughter…’Enjoy each moment for time moves quickly’ Often I wonder where thirty years went.

  5. I once overheard a parent comment to their child, “You are NOT SPECIAL. You are AVERAGE. If you want to make something special out of your life, you had better bust your a$$ and work hard.” Quite a refreshing message, I think.

  6. From my father, 91 and still with us. He told me when I was young, “Son, the time to think is when you’ve got your dick in your hand!”

  7. Never brush your teeth with a tie on.
    Two: my dear old Dad used to say was “Always look after your Mother” and”Get yourself an apprenticeship,once you have that you can do anything you like, because you can always go back to it”. Bless him.
    Oh,one I heard Dr Phil say…yes Dr Phil, was “you wouldn’t ever worry what other people think of you if you knew how seldom they did”.

  8. More a maxim than advice. From Martin Luther (the German reformer, not the civil rights leader): “With the man who belongs to an everlasting kingdom all is well and it is fitting that he should dance through life forevermore.”

  9. When you make a mistake, take responsibility for it. People will respect you more. AND when you do say “it’s not my fault” you will be believed.

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