What’s The Best Advice You Have Ever Received?

I am sure you have received some during some point in your life.  Parents love to give it and children hate to receive it.  Advice is something that you can receive from just about anywhere.  From the people you know, books, podcasts or even around Social Media.  I always tend to look at the motivation behind the advice first.  Is it to support, help, or given out of some need to feel superior?  Whatever the motive, some advice sticks with you throughout your life.


One advice my Mom loved to repeat was, “Take your time and you will get there faster”.  When I first heard this as a child, I really did not understand the full extent of its meaning.  In fact, it can have multiple meanings:

Before you head towards your destination, make sure it is really where you want to go.

Take your time driving, avoid accidents and get to your destination quicker.

Reflect on the intention of your message first, before communicating.  This will avoid a lot of misunderstanding later on.


To be honest, I think my Mom was referring to the second point but advice can sometimes be seen from different angles.


Here are Some of The Best Advice That was Found Online:


Control Your Clicker

Ariana Huffington’s Mother gave this advice to her daughter when she felt hopeless.

“Darling, just change the channel. You are in control of the clicker. Don’t replay the bad, scary movie.”


Who You Sleep With

Gary Vaynerchuk, the CEO and co-founder of Vayner Media shared some raunchy advice from an old liquor salesman when he was still in the wine business:

“Gary, you never know what you have until you sleep with it.”

This advice made him realize that even when you think you are prepared, you can’t freeze with fear when something unexpected inevitably happens.


Why Brick Walls Exist:

From Randy Pausch’s famous speech, “The Last Lecture”.

“The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want something badly enough. They are there to keep out the other people.”



 Sir Richard Branson, entrepreneur

My mother, Eve, always taught me never to look back in regret but to move on to the next thing. A setback is never a bad experience, just another one of life’s lessons.


Never Wait:

 Gordon Ramsay, chef

Put your head down and work hard. Never wait for things to happen, make them happen for yourself through hard work and not giving up.


Great Quotes that Give Advice:

“There is no single formula for success in anything. – Dr. Michael Burry


[tweetthis] “Never, ever write anything in an email that you wouldn’t be comfortable forwarding to everyone you know.”[/tweetthis]



Don’t complain.  “Do you ever listen to someone complaining and think, ‘this is a great conversation!’ ?” Being negative doesn’t help others and it doesn’t help you.


“Remember you’ll always regret what you didn’t do rather than what you did”.


[tweetthis]“You’d worry less about what people think about you if you knew how seldom they do.” – David Foster Wallace[/tweetthis]


“Live as if you were to die tomorrow. Learn as if you were to live forever.” – Gandhi


What advice have you received that has influenced your actions?





Elita Torres

I have over 20 years experience as a leader, first as a General Manager for several Big Box retailers with over 100 employees, then as a district manager overseeing an average of 23 stores. Currently, I am a Sales Director overseeing 4 Districts. My passion for leadership and personal development has led me to share my journey in a Blog. Find out more on http://www.leadgrowdevelop.com/about/