The one piece of advice you wish you’d been given

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Are you good in giving advice? A few days ago I spotted John's awesome list of 30 pieces of advice he wished he’d received in his mid-twenties. The list is full of amazing little gems that made me think: 'oh boy, wish someone had told me that a few years ago' :) So today I’d like to share a few that hit the spot with me and add a handful of my own that I wish I had known when I was in my teens and 20s.

John’s:
* slow down
* it’s ok to not know
* eat alone in restaurants (I figured that one out just this year)
* accept your story
* don’t be concerned with what others think of you
* and toss your scale

And here are 5 pieces of advice I added:
* life is made of little moments, so sometimes stop and enjoy them
* be fearless
* it’s ok to get burned
* you don’t have to have a plan
* coffee is your friend just don’t overuse it

My favourite advice I have ever received is: 'it’s not about the finished product it's about the journey, so embrace it.'

Now your turn: what is the best piece of advice you have ever given or received? What would you add to the list? Let’s chat! xo

P.S: You can read his full list here.
P.P.S: And all about  making your marriage very happy :)

(Thanks to the lovely Monica. Photos via A well traveled woman)

33 comments:

Elizabeth Benfield said...

good advice!

"if you have a problem with a few people, it might their problem. if you tend to have an issue with a lot of people ... its most likely your problem."

my mother told me this when i was about 20 and had low tolerance for bad drivers and people working in the service industry that obviously hated their job.

it kind of goes along with the BEST advice i have received which is "everyone is going thru something and we have no idea what that is." we cant assume that just because someone is rude to us that we can be rude back because it wasnt deserved. they might be going thru something crazy and only kindness and a smile can warm their hearts.

Anacristina said...

awesome advice! i think the one that really stuck with me was enjoy today. so often we're thinking about the next thing we have today, but be in the present.

my dad always told me to do your best in everything you do because you never know what it will result in. perhaps a job, or a new friendship.

x's & o's
Anacristina
laughsandicecream.blogspot.com

Magdalena Viktoria said...

Let go. Not everyone in your life is meant to be there forever.

Elsa de Diego said...
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Elsa de Diego said...

Awesome! I wish I was told something that I later on realized in life: 'People that make you feel bad about yourself, are not worth it! They are just projecting their own sh** on you.' I guess there are some things that you have to learn on your own. XOXO

cashmerekitchen said...

I love this post, it's such a good idea. I'm going to make my very own list of 'things I wish I'd known'..and should remember even now!

Inés said...

My dad always told me, worried about my perfectionism, (yes, first child ...) "You don't have to be perfect, it's very hard to be perfect and an unattainable aim ... furthermore, no one likes perfect people!
Of course, it did not seem like a good advice when he gave it to me (the time when all his advices ended up with me looking up and thinking that he could not understand anything!)
Now I listen myself, repeat to my son the same words ... and of course I get a very similar response! (le sigh)

Thank you very much for your comment!
I hope you're having a wonderful week, Diana!
Big hugs!

Inés
SimplyClassyMe.blogspot.com

HiLLjO said...

All of the advice that pisses me off tends to help me the most.

Be happy for others who attain what you strive for.

You have nothing to be sad about unless you can't see the forest for the trees.

Everything is beautiful, we just don't always notice.

Fashion art and other fancies said...

Very sensible advise. I tend to shy away from giving others advise.
There is no one fit all advise theory;-)

holtkamp said...

love this advice! i wish someone had told me the advice similar to what the first commenter said about everybody is going through something. i think that is something everyone should think about and something i *try* to think about when i get frustrated with people.

Diana Mieczan said...

Elizabeth, they are both spot on and they put some situations in a different perspective, don't they? Kindness and a smile can warm all hearts. Love that!

Diana Mieczan said...

Anacristina, I love that: "enjoy today" And Elsa, that is so true! When someone is trying to make you feel bad about yourself they really making themselves feel better.

Diana Mieczan said...

Such a good idea, cashmerekitchen and thank you for your sweet comment.

Diana Mieczan said...

That is such a great advice, Inés! Your dad totally reminds me of my dad:) And my pleasure, sweetie.

Little London Observationist said...

Loads from me, some quotes, some not!!

- The cure for boredom is curiosity. There is no cure for curiosity.

- Sometimes your only available mode of transportation is a leap of faith.

- Love.

- Keep calm and put the kettle on.

- In the long run, no problem is as big as it seems in the moment.

- What's the worst that could happen?

- Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die, life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

- Bloom where you are planted.

- Do what you love and eventually someone will pay you for it.

- Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn’t do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream.

Monica | Hola!design said...

I love reading all the comments, everybody has great advice.
Another quote to live by: This too shall pass.
Thanks for the link, you're a doll!

Lena P Cox said...

Ha ha advice....this cracks me up already, cause who doesn't add in their 2 cents...lol.
I do most of the top advice list, on yours I have a few in agreement.

Okay, so without going overboard here are just 2:)

Never fit in the same hole...in other words, Variety and Unique are Beautiful and considered "ART"!
No matter if no one else loves you, God always does.

That's it!
Coffee does work in 99.95% of all problems. lol

Patricia Villamil said...

These are all great advice, and your readers pretty much covered everything else. Great post!

Lady Grey said...

I love this!
Some of my favourite pieces of advice are:

with great power comes great responsibility - don't abuse it!

that you can do anything you set your mind to (corny, I know, but I honestly believe it's true)

and, remember to breathe!

Diana Mieczan said...

Ohh I love that, HiLLjO - "Everything is beautiful, we just don't always notice."

Diana Mieczan said...

holtkamp, so true. Elizabeth was totally spot on, wasn't she? I kept on thinking about her advice all evening long. And Little London Observationist, they are all brilliant! Thank you:) I especially adore the last one.

Diana Mieczan said...

My pleasure, Monica:) And Lena, giggle. I love what you said about coffee:)

Diana Mieczan said...

Vanessa, I am so with you on the second me. I totally believe it too.

Michelle Baron said...

Loved this list! So inspiring / I need to work on embracing most of them!

Have a lovely weekend!

Diana Mieczan said...

You too, Michelle:)

Punctuation Mark said...

I read this one once: today is the tomorrow you were worried about yesterday... Love it!

Kelly Leigh said...

ohhh such good advice.

I wish someone would have told me sooner that everyone has a piece of their story they are not willing to share, and it is unfair of me to judge them based on incomplete knowledge of their personal life situation.

Also, when I was younger my mom pointed out a cute guy with a dog, and told me that if a guy treats a dog right he is a winner. I still think thats true.

Maria Maria Maria said...

What a great post! I also had the same epiphany that life if made up of the little moments just recently: http://aminuteinthelifeofmaria.blogspot.com/2012/05/saturday-night.html

We always hear it, but when it clicks, it changes everything. Great blog!

Anonymous said...

The difference between ordeal and adventure is your attitude.

Diana Mieczan said...

Kelly, your mom is so spot on!

Diana Mieczan said...

Thanks for the link, Maria. I am off to check it out now.

Diana Mieczan said...

Oh my goodness, Punctuation Mark! That is totally brilliant: "today is the tomorrow you were worried about yesterday"

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