Advice is a hard thing to give and to get. You’re never sure if you want it, if someone is listening, or if it will make a difference or just end up driving the other person away. That’s what makes it so special when it comes through on both ends with such beautiful clarity you can’t help but share. Just like these folks did on AskReddit.
#15. Make it worth something.
“There will come a time in your life where you’ll have nothing to offer someone but your word. Make it worth something.”
Edit: Oh shit my first gold?! Thank you kind stranger! I really do feel like I’m internet famous.”
#14. Check your shoes.
“Probably “If it smells like shit everywhere you go, check your shoes.”
I’m much less of a miserable asshole these days.”
#13. Your younger self.
“Be the person you needed when you were young.”
#12. You’re not supposed to be sure.
“This was specifically when looking to transition to a significantly higher responsibility role, but I have found to be applicable to any time I’m facing a new challenge. “Don’t be worried if you’re not sure you can do it. You’re not supposed to be sure. If you were already sure you could do the job, you’d be bored within a month.”
“Life doesn’t change, unless you change it.
You can’t sedate your way out of a crappy life, you have to get up and make changes.”
#10. With friends or family.
“Years of love have been forgotten in the hatred of a minute”
Really helps whenever I get into an argument with my friends or family.”
#9. Uncomfortable conversations.
“Your success will be largely dependent on the number of uncomfortable conversations you are willing to have – Reddit”
#8. Short and simple will do.
“One of my favourite teachers in Highschool told us:” If you need five pages to talk about 20 lines of poetry, you are obviously bullshitting me. State three well constructed arguments for your point of view and I’ll be happy to reward you for that. Claim. Reason. Proof. Nothing more.” He repeated that before every exam and it really helped me to boil my rather confused teenager thoughts into clear statements. I still think of him today while writing reports for work.
TLDR: Keep it short and simple.”
#7. Priorities and options.
“Don’t make someone a priority when all you are to them is an option”.
#6. A great boss.
“My first great boss told me “never make yourself indispensable or you’ll never get promoted”.
It’s worked for me.”
#5. Get off the fence.
“Sometimes the worst decision is no decision. Sometimes you just have to make a decision, any decision, then make that be the right one.”
#4. Pay now.
“You can pay now, or you can pay later, but it’s almost always cheaper to pay now.”
It seems like a lot of people think this is only referring to money, it’s not.”
#3. Money well spent.
“If you lend someone some money and never see them again, it was probably money well spent.
Got told this after I lent a friend $100 and the fucker dropped off the face of the planet.”
#2. Morning and night.
“Do something that makes you want to get up in the morning. Find someone that makes you want to go home in the evening.”
#1. Respect yourself.
“Respect yourself enough to walk away anything that no longer serves you, grows you or makes you happy.”