Best life changing impetous I received has come not so much from advice as encouragement. When you try something and someone who you respect as an expert in that field tells you "You've got the gift, son," or words to that effect, you just can't help but be motivated. I've had that happen a few times.
It is praise which one senses is genuine that makes all the difference. Certainly such praise brought me to Creative Writing and Public Speaking, two of my passions. Forty-five and forty years ago respectively and I'm still into them.
As for good advice, I'm sure I've received a lot...but I can't recall any that has ever made such a difference to me than 'well placed praise.'
At one time I was really struggling with someone in my life who had not only been critical but had taken it too far. A friend gave me some advice that I have found very practical for the rest of my life. In a nutshell it was, "anytime someone says something critical of you or your actions, examine it for truth. If there is truth in it, take the truth but throw everything else away."
The point being sometimes those who are critical are also angry and so they may say more than they mean to say. But if some of what they say is true, then take the truth and apply it.
Christmas should be a chance a person to change his life for a better cause. But unfortunately this has been a chance to celebrate with parties spending a lot and wasting a lot of food stuffs in a world where there are...