What is the best advice you're ever received from an older, wiser person?

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  1. Victoria Lynn profile image87
    Victoria Lynnposted 11 years ago

    What is the best advice you're ever received from an older, wiser person?

  2. zanaworld profile image59
    zanaworldposted 11 years ago

    The best advice I received from an elder person is:

    Do not seek advise online.  If you receive an advice online, then don't follow...
    LOL... smile-

  3. veggie-mom profile image69
    veggie-momposted 11 years ago

    Don't spend money you don't already have. Great question!

  4. profile image0
    Gusserposted 11 years ago

    Don't grow old. Find the fountain of youth. I'm still looking.

  5. dashingscorpio profile image84
    dashingscorpioposted 11 years ago

    Life is what you make it and always think for yourself.

  6. laziam profile image60
    laziamposted 11 years ago

    Always aspire to be the boss. From my dad.

  7. lifelovemystery profile image78
    lifelovemysteryposted 11 years ago

    I once worked for a tyrant and every day was a struggle. A very wise man told me that the guy I worked for 'will not be your last boss'. In other words, this is not the end and there will be nicer managers in my future. He was right and I have since shared that with people in similar situations.

  8. fpherj48 profile image60
    fpherj48posted 11 years ago

    I've been lucky enough to have received MUCH great advice in my day, but one line stands out.  It was actually in the form of a question, believe it or not.
    When I tossed around the idea of going back to school in my early thirties, I commented to my Dad, "For heaven's sake!  I'll be be 35 or 36 before I get my degree if I go back now!"
    In my Dad's gentle but powerful way, he asked me,  "Really? So, how old will you be in 5 years if you DON"T go back now?"   Ahhhhhhh.......duh.

  9. rlaha profile image61
    rlahaposted 11 years ago

    Probably the best advice was that I should do what I love to do in life. If I get a job, get a job that I love and that is fun for me.

  10. kenneth avery profile image79
    kenneth averyposted 11 years ago

    An elderly man once told me, concerning my column that I wrote for our local newspaper, that I spent 23 years in their employment . . ."Son," he said. "Be short. Be true. And don't be too cute. And you will be successful." He was a contributing writer and a retired professor from the University of North Alabama in Florence. He was right. In all he told me.

  11. MickeySr profile image79
    MickeySrposted 11 years ago

    Answering the question "What is the best advice you've ever received from an older, wiser person?" is both very easy and not at all easy for me . . . identifying the "older, wiser" person is easy - my mom. Narrowing her career as a mother down to... read more

  12. dipsmi profile image65
    dipsmiposted 11 years ago

    no matter how bad a person is, he will have at least 1 good quality. If you criticize him for his bad habits, do appreciate him for his good habit. My grandfather gave me this advice when I was a toddler and post 20 years I still follow it.

  13. teaches12345 profile image79
    teaches12345posted 11 years ago

    Get a good education and work hard.  Also, you can't control what people say but you can control how you react to them.

  14. logan6887 profile image39
    logan6887posted 11 years ago

    My uncle told me to invest in gold 10 years ago. I didn't, but I really should of tongue

  15. wildrosebush profile image59
    wildrosebushposted 11 years ago

    to slow down and smell the roses. and don't take life for granted.

  16. Derek Slark profile image82
    Derek Slarkposted 11 years ago

    A good question, it made me think, but because I cannot immediately recall any one particular piece of advice that stands out from any other, I was not going to leave an answer.  However, it did make me think of a quote by the American Cartoonist, Scott Adams, “You don't have to be a "person of influence" to be influential. In fact, the most influential people in my life are probably not even aware of the things they've taught me.”

    I believe we gain the best lessons in life by example, rather than by spoken advice. We follow the example of how those we look up to live their life, how they interact with their family and friends, by their work ethics, and by their principles of morality and decency, and they are not even aware that they are influencing us.

  17. Capedium profile image61
    Capediumposted 11 years ago

    It was just in two words.... "Be Yourself"

  18. womenfishing profile image71
    womenfishingposted 11 years ago

    Be true to Yourself! Dont try and be like someone else, you came into this world as an individual and will leave it the same.  Allow your uniqueness to be shown to others... its ok to be you.

  19. JAY2012 profile image60
    JAY2012posted 11 years ago


    THe best advice , I have received from my Dad  ' to be optimistic in all aspects , speak truth and to be honest '

  20. plaid pages profile image59
    plaid pagesposted 11 years ago

    My dad's favorite song was Que Sera, Sera.
    "What Will Be, Will Be"

    Enjoy the journey, highs and lows, it's all yours.


  21. BizVT34 profile image64
    BizVT34posted 11 years ago

    This one actually came from my mother and I'm cleaning it up here. I was about 12 and I said something like "I wish I had a go cart" And she said to me "Wish in one hand and crap in the other and see which one gets full first."  From that point on I don't ever remember saying I wished for something, I knew I'd have to do something if I wanted to make it happen.

  22. fosginger profile image60
    fosgingerposted 11 years ago

    dont kill your spouse, you will go to jail, if all else fails for revenge nair their legs while sleeping

  23. fadetheglitter profile image61
    fadetheglitterposted 11 years ago

    This is short and sweet, but I've learned from many of the older people in my life that it doesn't cost anything to be nice.  There is so much hate in the world that it doesn't take a lot of energy to know that everyone in the world has a different background and purpose.  Think before you judge.  It isn't always easy, but when in doubt, be kind.

  24. Jerami profile image57
    Jeramiposted 11 years ago

    When you find yourself worried about anything, ask yourself ...
    Is there anything I can do about it?   (to fix the problem)
    Am I going to do anything about it?

    If your answer is NO to either question, ...  don't worry about it.


      When you find yourself entering into self pitty concerning the place or situation you are in;  think about other places/situations that you would ...
    rather NOT be in  More  than the one you are in. 
        If you can't think of any ???   Re-read first statement above.

  25. Vellur profile image94
    Vellurposted 11 years ago

    The best advice I ever received was "Do your best and leave the rest to God" from my dear parents.

  26. Authordent profile image60
    Authordentposted 11 years ago

    There`s a long story behind this answer, but in short, and old gardener once told me ` if you believe that all people do not need an excuse to be, do, or say anything, then you will never be dissappointed!`

    Its a good observation, as it fits all of us at some point!

  27. Russell-D profile image76
    Russell-Dposted 11 years ago

    To the question: How do you become a success writer? Norm Corwin said to me, have some talent and write,write, write!  For 70 years I have and have earned a good living in Detroit, (Cars), Baltimore (Beers), California (Cars).

  28. JKenny profile image89
    JKennyposted 11 years ago

    My Granddad once told me to 'treat people as I find them.' Basically he was saying focus more on people's personality rather than their appearance when you judge them.

  29. profile image0
    Olde Cashmereposted 11 years ago

    To not waste time. It's something we often take for granted, just the idea of it is interesting. To think about how much time we've wasted in our lives, with that in mind, what are you going to do with the time you have left?

  30. profile image0
    Billie Paglioloposted 11 years ago

    1. "If you don't want to go to Chicago, don't get on the train."
    2. "The person you are seeking is also seeking you."  (In our family we've often changed it to, the place you are seeking or the job you are seeking...)
    3."Measure 7 times, cut once."

  31. GDiBiase profile image66
    GDiBiaseposted 11 years ago

    Keep you inner child alive and never ever forget how to have fun and play!

  32. Ciel Clark profile image73
    Ciel Clarkposted 11 years ago

    One good piece of advice I've had:  If you're about to write an angry letter or email, write it but... don't send it. 

    Wait as long as you can and then wait a bit more.  Wait a week, a couple of weeks, a month.  If it is still urgent in your mind to send it after all this time--then send it.

  33. ackman1465 profile image60
    ackman1465posted 11 years ago

    The best biot of advice I ever got was this.... from one of my school teachers:

    "The Good Lord gave you TWO ears and ONE mouth..... use them in-proportion!"


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