9 Best Pieces of Life Advice I Have Ever Received
What’s the best advice you’ve ever received in life? We bet you haven’t heard these yet!
May 24, 2023 6:00 AM EST | 10 min read
In this post, I’m about to give you some of the best pieces of life advice I have ever received that changed my life.
Have you watched the movie The Adjustment Bureau, starring Matt Damon and Emily Blunt?
It’s a fascinating movie about a man who takes an alternate route from his predictable path.
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Much like a diagram of an underground pipe system, you can see how radically different his life was, diverging from its original course as a result!
Let us know your favorite piece of life advice you ever received in the comment section below.
What are the benefits of reading these pieces of life advice?
The University of Chicago study suggests that reading motivational and inspirational pieces of advice can be an effective way to cope with stress and improve overall mental health.
The study highlights the importance of reflecting on positive messages and uplifting quotes, as they can have a powerful impact on one’s well-being.
Well, great advice can do that.
Life advice can:
- Lead you to paths and outcomes that are much better for you
- Help you spot common pitfalls and avoid them
- Offer a new perspective and help you make changes
This post will give you some of the best advice I’ve ever received.
If you apply just one tip from this list, you’ll be like Matt Damon’s character, seeing how your life’s path branches in new and positive directions!
(And lucky for you, unlike The Adjustment Bureau, you won’t have men in suits chasing you down to interfere with your decisions.)
Ready to grab hold of great life advice?
Here we go!
The Best Pieces of Life Advice I Have Ever Received
The Forbes survey indicates that most people believe that pieces of life advice can provide the inspiration needed to achieve personal goals and lead a more fulfilling life.
This underscores the value of finding and sharing positive messages that resonate with individuals.
1. Whatever you do—give it 100%
Wherever you find yourself at work or in your personal life, do the very best you can do.
I hear you say.
I get it.
You’re not in the job of your dreams, and your boss keeps giving you mundane, unchallenging work – it’s hard to be motivated and give 100% to it in those circumstances.
I know what it feels like to be in a job you don’t enjoy.
I’ve been there.
I’ve answered phones all day, sold promotional items in a supermarket, and input mind-numbingly repetitive data into a computer.
But I’ve found that you don’t get to do what you love until you act as though you love what you do!
If you ‘give it your all’—someone will notice.
Then a promotion and more challenging and interesting work will follow.
To do something mediocre harms both our psyche and our prospects.
It negatively impacts our credibility, lets people down, and erodes our self-esteem.
So give your work your all.
Do it with excellence.
Do it more efficiently.
Make it more interesting.
Improve it or automate it.
Give care to even the smallest tasks.
You’ll stand out if you do.
Many people today would rather be noticed than do something noteworthy.
Choose to do something noteworthy.
Getting noticed will then be a by-product.
2. Forgive and let go
When we carry unforgiveness, it’s literally like taking a huge rock, putting it in a rucksack, and carrying it on our back wherever we go.
It weighs us down—it saps our energy, motivation, and enjoyment of life.
Unforgiveness also causes us to perceive people and life through the lens of bitterness and anger—and we get offended and upset at many quite minor things that happen to us.
It harms not only our relationships with friends and family but also with colleagues and clients.
I know that the person who hurt you may not deserve your forgiveness.
But forgiveness brings YOU freedom.
Nelson Mandela, a man with every reason to hold on to unforgiveness against his captors said, ‘As I walked out the door toward the gate that led to my freedom, I knew if I didn’t leave my bitterness and hatred behind, I’d still be in prison.’
3. Read (A LOT.)
Why is it a good idea to read a lot?
Well, you become smarter!
Books give us access to some of the greatest minds and ideas that ever lived—we can learn from great people we wouldn’t otherwise have access to any other way than through their books.
In the words of Jim Rohn, ‘The difference between where you are now and where you will be in five years will be found in the quality of the books you’ve read.’
4. Never stop learning and growing as a person
The more you learn and grow, the better your life will become.
- Grow your current professional skill level
If you continue to grow your skill level in your chosen field, you’ll become a master at what you do.
You may have heard of the 10,000 hours rule—popularised by Malcolm Gladwell’s book ‘Outliers,’ He stated that to achieve greatness in an area, you need to spend 10,000 hours of deliberate, focused practice on developing your skill in that area.
- Grow and develop as a person
Beyond expertise in a job skill, you can grow as a person in other areas.
Your people skills, leadership skills, attitude and ability to handle difficult situations, creativity, and problem-solving, amongst others.
5. Save a portion of your earnings and avoid credit card debt.
This is brilliant money advice, and I wish I had heeded it earlier in life!
Primarily because of the incredible power of the compound effect, whatever you save, with interest, accumulates more rapidly the earlier you start.
Credit card debt is simply the compound effect working against you!
We buy something we badly want and couldn’t wait for—and a few months later, when the ‘shininess’ and excitement of it has worn off, we’re still paying for it, often far more than the original price of it.
Now, why do we do that?!
6. Change your thinking, change your life.
I used to think that if my circumstances magically changed, then everything would be great.
But then I discovered—it was not the circumstances that were the problem.
There’s a phenomenon called the ‘snap-back’ effect.
Because of it, regardless of what changes in our life—a change in income, change in relationship or environment—we will always revert to what our self-image ‘tells’ us we deserve and what we expect from our life.
Soon enough, our circumstances will change back to what we believe about ourselves subconsciously.
Our thinking determines what happens to us in life—not our circumstances.
So, to change our lives, we must first change what we believe about ourselves and how we think.
7. Find a mentor and do what they’re doing.
Who are you watching and learning from?
Success leaves clues.
We can learn from those who have gone before us.
If you find someone with the desired results, you need to do what they are doing.
Invite them out for coffee and ask them how they did it.
If you don’t have someone available to you to learn from in person, then hire someone—a coach, a mentor, or access to a program or book.
8. Be kind to people; treat people as you would like to be treated.
This is one of the first principles Dale Carnegie teaches in his classic book, ‘How to win friends and influence people.’
Everyone loves to feel special.
Everyone loves to be noticed.
And if you care for people and treat them as the special people that they are, then they will love you for it.
This advice is summed up in the famous words of Zig Ziglar, “If you help enough people get what they want, then you will get what you want.”
9. Never, never, never give in
Winston Churchill, in a speech about Britain’s victory in World War II, encourages us to ‘Never give in, never give in, never, never, never, never.’
It’s easy to start.
Everyone can start something.
Everyone can have a great idea.
But seeing something important through to completion takes perseverance.
When no one believes in what you’re doing—will you keep going?
If everyone around you is resisting your progress, and you’re getting no support—will you still push through?
When you’ve had setbacks and difficulties and just don’t feel motivated to carry on—will you continue fighting?
You need to.
Because everything I just described will happen.
It’s part of the process.
Disappointments, pain, failure, resistance, setbacks, and criticism from others—you’ll go through all of it on your path to your dream.
And when that happens…. never, never, never give in!
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The American Psychological Association survey emphasizes the impact that positive affirmations and motivational quotes can have on an individual’s ability to manage stress.
It highlights the importance of incorporating uplifting messages into daily routines to promote mental and physical well-being.
10. “Be secure enough in yourself to base success on personal growth.” ― Katie Couric
11. “Never let your sense of morals prevent you from doing what is right.” ― Isaac Asimov
12. “Never argue with a stupid person; they’ll drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.” ― Mark twain
13. “Never drink to feel better, only drink to feel even better.” ― Reese Witherspoon
14. “No one else knows what they’re doing either.” ― Ricky Gervais
15. “Self-confidence is the most important characteristic of successful people.” ― Katie Couric
16. “When you are doing something important, make sure you have a smile on your face and a shine on your shoes.” ― Katie Couric
17. “Next, write down five things that you’re really good at. Then just try to match them up!” ― Katie Couric
18. “One person with passion is better than forty people merely interested.” ― Katie Couric
19. “If you change the way you look at things, the things you look at change.” ― Wayne Dyer
Have you received any brilliant life advice that has changed your life?
Maybe you’ve heard some of this advice before—awesome.
Even when we know what we ought to do—we don’t always do it.
So, how about this:
- Which 1-2 points really resonate with you? Which do you think you can start doing?
- Write 1-3 actions you can take this week to implement something from this post. Schedule it in your calendar.
Let me know what you’re going to do this week.
And if you’ve received any brilliant life advice that has changed your life already, let me know in the comments below—I’d love to hear from you!
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September 25, 2022 at 9:45 PM
Plan your work and then work your plan
Danielle Dahl, Lead Contributor
September 26, 2022 at 11:38 AM
This is great advice, for sure! Thanks for leaving a comment and we hope you are enjoying the other articles on our site.
October 7, 2019 at 3:05 PM
My two best advice pieces (not original):
1. Show up.
2. If you say you’ll do something, do it.
@juliekelleher57 (Insta, Face, Twit)
July 3, 2019 at 6:03 PM
Amazing article. Although I must say #1, struck me. If youre in a job where if you just work a little harder for that promotion, even though you despise what youre doing, youre just continuing the ladder climb when you could be instead discovering another path for yourself. I could have pushed paper harder, learned a ton more about accounting, gave it my absolute all to get that promotion, but that promotion would have led me to a higher paid level of doing something I quite simply despised doing. I complete agree about quality of work, showing up and doing your best regardless, but if your gut is telling you this aint your world baby, listen.
June 15, 2019 at 4:58 AM
Great article! I have heard everything on this list except for #7. I got #7 from reading John Maxwell’s book, The 15 Invaluable Laws of Growth. However, the best life advice I’ve received had to do with time. I cannot remember who told me, but they said: ” time does not care about anything but moving forward, what you do with your time is solely up to you, so make the best of it by being the best you possible.” That one piece of advice about time has helped me to become more decisive even when I have doubts.