The Ten Best Pieces of Advice I Ever Took

The Best Advice I Ever Took…


I’m just full of good advice these days. How do I know? Because I’m 62, I’ve been reading *Dear Abby for almost 55 years and because I try to listen and learn from every experience. I read a recent article about powerful women and they were asked “What’s the best piece of advice you’ve ever gotten?” I started thinking and today, here are some of my favorites, but please share some of yours.

  1. You have two ears and one mouth for a purpose. Listen twice as much as you speak and know that once the words have been spoken,  you can’t unspeak them.
  2. No amount of money can buy time, courage or integrity. A bigger house, a faster car and more stuff yes, but these three are what make life worth living.
  3. Refuse to live with regret. The stakes are too high for you to put off things that matter. Stop making excuses and write that book, take that trip, go to the class reunion, send the note—and do it today.
  4. You never get a second chance to make a good first impression. Aim for stunning EVERY TIME and the rest is easy! Don’t run to the store at 2 a.m. looking a hot, sizzling mess because everybody else has the same plan. Presume you will (a) get discovered by some talent agent, (b) meet your boss, (3) your new significant other while you’re there so be prepared for excellence and if you don’t see anybody you know, count it all joy!
  5. To save time, take time to do it right the first time. I can hear my grandmother saying, “If you can’t find time to do it right, how will you find time to do it over?” Do your best every time – it’ll make all the difference.
  6. The way you treat you is the way others will treat you. Carry yourself proudly and expect respect and give it in equal measures. Dignity and enthusiasm are at the heart of greatness. Live like you know it!
  7. Give, spend and save your money, your time and your resources and you will always have plenty.
  8. Laugh often, treasure your friends and make time for them. Every day!
  9. Have your own stuff, especially your own money! Whatever you will need, make sure you have your own so you won’t have to beg, borrow or steal.
  10. Be blessed and keep shining—now there’s a good advice!

*I have been reading Ann Landers/Dear Abby ever since I learned to read.

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