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What's the best bit of advice you've ever been given?

For me: "Never forget that 50% of people are of less-than-average intelligence."

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"Never take advice from someone who hasn't succeeded at what you're trying to do."

skado Level 8 Apr 2, 2018
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Don't spit into the wind, don't tug on superman's cape and don't mess around with Jim.

jlynn37 Level 8 Apr 2, 2018

...and don't piss into the wind.

@Condor5 or on an electric fence.

@PappyOnWings, especially there, lol!

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It’s hard to select the best but let’s start with this; “Two ears and one mouth means listen twice as much as you speak.”

arca2027 Level 6 Apr 2, 2018
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"don't ever pass up a chance to go to the bathroom."

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Nobody ever said this to me, but I heard it somewhere and it resonated with me: “It’s none of your business what other people think of you.”

resserts Level 8 Apr 3, 2018

You sure tho? smile009.gif (what if they want you dead?)

@Qualia That's fine, until it becomes action. ?

@Qualia
I would feel a little bit bad for them because they are so inept at that simple task. Still alive.

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Never sit on Uncle Walters lap

Rudy1962 Level 9 Apr 2, 2018
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Don't do something because you have the right to do it, do it because it's the right thing to do.

Condor5 Level 8 Apr 2, 2018
10

never pretend to know more than you know

michaelj Level 7 Apr 2, 2018
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50% of all doctors graduated in the bottom half of their class.

Remember to breathe.

It is nice to be important, but it is more important to be nice. And if you can't say something nice you probably really shouldn't say anything.

And the most important one: Pick your battles.

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My grandmother told me, "You catch more flies with honey, than with vinegar."
My grandfather told me, "Believe none of what you hear, and only half of what you see."

KKGator Level 9 Apr 2, 2018

the best reply to the first one is "only a hillbilly sits around trying to figure out the best way to catch flies".

@michaelj It doesn't need a reply. I knew exactly what she meant.

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Time is an elusive bastard. Go do what you want now while you're young and invincible.

So true! I often get asked if I have any regrets or feel that I wasted my time living for the moment. My response has always been the same. I met beautiful people and made wonderful memories.

I've had a lot of fun and did a lot of good. I have very few regrets as to how I spent my time here thus far.

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Never tell your kids anything you don't yourself believe. From a humanistic rabbi. Deepest wisdom to clarify my own beliefs and my approach to parenting.

suzieg Level 4 Apr 2, 2018
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It was simple, but it somehow stuck with me - and I am sure that it was more profound than my paraphrasing here.

Always remember - everybody has their own baggage, and that baggage will influence just about everything they do in life. Most of the time when somebody you have not knowingly done something bad to first treats you poorly - it's almost always not about you, it's something to do what that baggage they are carrying around with them.

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“Kill them with kindness.”

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Mom always warned us, don't cook bacon naked. Years later, I learned that was good advice!

Julie808 Level 7 Apr 3, 2018

Turn down the heat. smile001.gif

@LimeySteve Sounds like the voice of experience, Steve. ?

You can cook turkey bacon naked with no real splatter problems.

@snytiger6 Doesn't taste the same, but I'll keep that in mind next time I'm without an apron. Thanks for the tip!

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Never make a promise you cannot keep and keep every promise you make.

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You teach people how to treat you. Okay, so this advice came from Dr. Phil, but it is brilliant. I never forget it.

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Always be yourself unless you can be Batman, then always be Batman. ?

Roadster Level 6 Apr 2, 2018

Had heard the same thing about being a Unicorn!

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Use the right tool for the right job in the right way?

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“No one will remember what you said or did; only how you made them feel.” - A friend who was an Army Chaplain.

Originally a quote from Maya Angelou

Marz Level 7 Apr 2, 2018
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Always spend your money on good shoes and a good mattress because you’ll be spending your life in one or the other.

Iffy Level 5 Apr 2, 2018
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"If your beliefs exclude anyone ... you need better beliefs."

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A couple of things among many.
1: It is better to die on your feet than to live on your knees.
Emiliano Zapata
2: The best you can possibly do with your life is live the motherfucking shit out of it.
Cheryl Strayed.
3: Being defeated is often a temporary condition. Giving up is what makes it permanent.
Marilyn Von Savant
I write down quotes all the time that resonate with me, but these three will do for now.

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Do chemo or you'll be dead in 3 weeks. My 1st time being told I had leukemia.

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“You have a lot to offer.” From myself.

AmiSue Level 8 Apr 2, 2018
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