I’ve always lived by the motto that you shouldn’t listen to advice from someone who doesn’t have to deal with the consequences of it. BUT that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t listen to the perspectives of others. Being open to and listening to the advice and experiences of others can be a profound and long lasting catalyst for change.
Life advice is great… but it’s what you do with it that matters.
The internet can be a great place when it comes to increasing your perspective on life. Places like Reddit, Quora, Imgur and others are full of people sharing their stories and the advice that came from living them.
Here are 33 pieces of life advice from those who lived it and believe it.
1. If you are constantly comparing your life to the lives of others, you’ll never be happy.
2. If you blame it on someone else, don’t expect it to get better.
3. “If you’re going to f*ck up, and you’re going to, make sure it’s your fault.” – I was training to be a boat captain and he was explaining how to deal with the inevitable accidents. I have found owning your mistakes generally is a best practice.
4. Try not to take anything personally. No one thinks about you as much as you do.
5. If you want to remember something, write it down.
6. Never argue with a fool. Onlookers may not be able to tell the difference.
7. Act like you know what you’re doing in whatever situation, and 99% of people will leave you the hell alone.
8. You can be the ripest, juiciest peach in the world, and there will always be someone who hates peaches. (-Dita von Teese)
9. Don’t worry about what other people think about you. They are generally too worried about what you think about them.
10. Don’t give up what you want most for what you want now.
11. It doesn’t matter if you spend 1000 hours practicing if you’re doing it wrong, all you learned is how to do it wrong.
12. Don’t be afraid of being alone. sometimes, you’re better off that way.
13. If a person is nice to you but not nice to the waiter, they’re not a nice a person.
14. Figure out what you love to do, and then figure out how to get someone to pay you to do it.
15. Wait 24 hours before getting mad and reacting at anything. If it doesn’t bother you in 24 hours time, it probably isn’t important enough to get mad over.
16. There is nothing wrong with not knowing something, there is something wrong with not doing anything about it.
17. Never make decisions when you’re angry. Never make promises when you’re happy.
18. When dealing with conflict, always use the “when you do/say X, it makes me feel Y because Z” formula. It gets conflict out of the way, minimizes screaming and tears, and works towards a solution much more constructively than just blaming the other person.
19. Learn something about everything, and everything about something.
20. When your anger passes, the relationship is still there. Basically, when you’re no longer angry, the damage done to your relationship while you acted on your anger remains and permanently hurts the relationship.
21. In a year from now, you’ll wish you started today
22. Don’t promise when you’re happy. Don’t reply when you’re angry. Don’t decide when you’re sad.
23. Don’t look at what people say…look at what they do.
24. When you have a generous impulse, follow it. If it randomly occurs to you to give money to a homeless guy, or offer to help a friend move, or pay the toll for the person behind you…just do it.
I’ve noticed that I have thoughts like this all the time, but then I’m talking myself out of it by the next thought. If I keep this advice in mind, then I’m much more likely to go through with it. And performing small acts of kindness makes everybody happy.
25. We judge ourselves based on our thoughts. The world judges us based on our actions.
26. You’ll notice you live your life so much more when you stop giving a shit about what YOU think others think about you. Surprise everyone, show them you’re more than a pretty face and then laugh at them when they look shocked that you’ve made it.
27. “You deserve what you accept ” One of my university professors once told me that and it has stuck with me and I will never accept failure, and it taught me never to blame my shortcomings on circumstance or anyone else.
28. If you think you know something, find someone who disagrees and listen to them.
29. You have to be your own person first.
30. It’s better to regret something you did, than something you didn’t do’
31. Be confident and act like you belong.
32. “Don’t take life seriously, no one gets out alive anyway.” Has served me very well over the years
33. You can’t reason someone out of a position they didn’t reason themself into.