What is the best advice you have ever received?

It’s insane how quickly we learn in life. There’s very few things that we can’t learn with enough experience. We learn to crawl, then walk, then run in the span of a couple years. We learn to talk and just communicate in general within a few months. And then we grow and learn all kinds of crazy things we could never imagine. The human mind is the ultimate learning computer. We are the essence of what artificial intelligence aspires to be. We are the original machine learning algorithims. It’s a beauty to have such powerful learning potential as humans.

But one of our greatest assets in learning isn’t inside our head. We learn so much in life from others. We can do plenty on our own but our growth together is exponential. We learn how to socialize and be outgoing from friends. We learn how math and science from our teachers. And we learn how to approach life in general from our parents and role models. Ultimately, the amount we learn from others is inconceivable and there’s no doubt we get better at life from all the advice we recieve. You should always remember the valuable advice others have given you. So what is the best advice you have ever received?

Here’s a my thoughts on the best advice I’ve ever received.

The best advice I’ve ever received is a hard title to give out. Advice is something that has a powerful impact on other’s lives but it’s always situational. Some advice may be amazing but not relevant at the moment. I’ve received all kinds of amazing advice throughout the years and I’m grateful for it all. But some pieces of advice were more applicable at the moment than others. I’ve used almost all of the advice in some way or another. I even write down a lot of this advice or tidbits of knowledge to remember later on. So after I share what I believe has been the most valuable piece of advice, I’ll share others I cherish.

The most valuable piece of advice is one that I’ve heard many many times. I’ve gone through hard times as kid and even as an adult. Many times I’ve looked around and thought there was no way I would make it out alive. Sometimes the pain is just too much to bear. Sometimes the goal is just too far out to see. Sometimes the easiest option seems like quitting while you’re ahead. And in those moments my mother has always been there to share her views with me. And no matter how tough or demanding the situation, she would always remind me of one thing… “This too shall pass.”

That is the single most important advice I’ve ever had in my life. It might not be advice as much as it’s just something to remember. But it is such a powerful four words. No matter how hard of times you’re going through… No matter how depressed or sad you are… No matter how bad you feel like giving up… It will never last forever. Everything in this life is temporary. And that means all the pain, pleasure, and discomfort is temporary. Sometimes all we have to do is hold on and wait for the end credits. We don’t have to be the strongest or the fastest. Sometimes all we need is the patience to let time be the great equalizer.

I cherish that saying because it has pushed me through some tough times. When I think I will fold under the pressure, I know I can go just a little longer. No matter how excruciating the pain, if it doesn’t kill me then I will do my best to hold on. That’s what my mom taught me with those four words. Some of the other tidbits I love are similar in nature. In a podcast, Nina Jacobson said, “There’s no chance you won’t fail.” And that opened my eyes to a whole different side of success. It’s called failure. And every success story has failure weaved into it. If you don’t have any obstacles to overcome, you can never succeed.

In the Van Wilder Movie, he says… “Don’t take life too seriously, because you’ll never get out of it alive.” The first time I heard this it immediately made me smile. It’s funny but so true. Life is something that can get very transactional and serious at times. But in reality we’re all headed to the same fate. So don’t sweat the small things. Don’t compare yourself to others. Just be happy and grateful for the journey you get to experience. RSDTyler shared in a lecture, “If you don’t have an agenda for yourself, you’re on someone else’s agenda.” This one is shocking to think of but has so much truth in it. If you don’t choose where you’re going, someone will choose for you.

I want to be in control of my destiny. So take your life into your own hands. It’s up to you to get whatever you want or need because nobody’s going to get it for you. That’s just a few of the amazing pieces of advice I’ve been given in life. And yes many of them come from knowledge I have seeked out. Sometimes it’s a podcast other times it’s an online course. But we can learn and improve from many different places in life. I’m glad I’ve been open-minded enough to learn from so many valuable people. I will always keep the advice I’ve garnered in the back of my mind.

And I’m grateful for all the people that were willing to share their knowledge with me to make me a better person. Thank you!

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