The Best Advice You've Ever Received

Crowdsourced advice to change your outlook on the world

  
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The Best Advice You’ve Ever Received

A few weeks ago, I asked my audience a simple question:

In 24 hours, 2,000+ responses flooded in from all corners of the world (if you haven’t realized it already, the internet is absolutely amazing).

The advice ran the spectrum—from serious to lighthearted, from inspiring to morbid.

So today, I want to do something a bit different. I want to share the best advice you’ve ever received. Prolific Idea was kind enough to make simple, powerful visualizations for many of them, which are made to be shared and enjoyed.

My hope is that you find one piece of advice below that resonates with you and changes your outlook.

Without further ado…here’s the best advice you’ve ever received:


Strong Foundations

Put good things between you and the earth. Buy a good bed, boots, and tires.


Closed Mouths

If you don’t ask, you don’t get. Closed mouths don’t get fed.


Thinking vs. Doing

In regards to doing something you don't want to do...

Don't think about it, just start doing it. The more you think about it, the more reasons you'll give yourself to not do it.


Walking Tall

Walk like you have 3000 ancestors behind you.


Proud Decisions

Make decisions today that you'll be proud of tomorrow.


Life Isn’t Fair

Life gets a lot easier when you just accept that life isn’t always fair.


Birth & Death

When you were born, you cried, but the whole world smiled at you. Live a life such that when you die, the whole world cries, but you smile.


Find Your People

The world is cold and nasty but there are still a lot of good people. You just have to find 1 or 2 and you will start loving the world.


Negotiations

In life, you don’t get what you deserve, you get what you negotiate.


The Two Most Important Decisions

The two most important decisions that you make in life are what you do for a living and who you marry.

You get these two correct and you'll have a nice life.


Uncomfortable Conversations

Your success in life is largely dependent on how many uncomfortable conversations you’re willing to have.


Invest in Yourself

Invest in yourself before you invest in others.


Options

There are always more options than you realize and things are never as bad as they seem.


Anything & Everything

You can have anything you want in life, but you can't have everything.


Stupid & Tough

If you’re gonna be stupid, you’d better be tough.


Come at the King

You come at the King, you best not miss.


The Juicy Pitch

Wait for a juicy pitch.

Life doesn’t reward you for the number of swings you take. Focus on identifying the juiciest pitch. When it comes, swing hard and don’t miss it.


Simple is Beautiful

The best moments you’ll ever have in your life are the simplest.

Slipping into clean sheets. Hiking right after a storm. A night talking with friends. Being there for others. Helping a friend.

What you think of as painful will simply be erased in time.


Behavior vs. Words

Pay attention to people's patterns of behavior. They are better guides than their words.


Experience Pyramid

Experience is like a pyramid.

The broader the base, the higher you can build. So, diversify your experience early in your career.


Learn vs. Earn

Participate to learn, not to earn. The latter will come with practice.


Can vs. Should

Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.


So there you have it. 20 pieces of the greatest advice you’ve ever received. I hope you found one piece of advice that inspired you or changed your outlook on the week.

Special thank you to Prolific Idea for the incredible visualizations.

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