What's the Best Piece of Advice You Ever Got?

“What’s the best piece of advice you ever received?”  A TV interviewer asked this of her guest recently, and that question got me thinking about how I’d respond.
My mother always used to say, “if you love what you do, you’ll never have to work a day in your life.” It took me a couple decades to figure out exactly what that advice meant for me, but since I figured it out my stress levels dropped permanently.  Today, the twin passions of helping leaders grow and creating more happiness in the world are at the core of everything I do, and the more true I am to those passions, the less what I do feels like work.
Another piece of advice that changed my life came from a woman who was my mentor for many years.  Tiona said, “you can’t change other people; you can only change how you respond to them.” This advice helped me become a much better leader during my corporate career, and has helped me tremendously in my career as a coach.
What’s the best piece of advice you ever got?

7 thoughts on “What's the Best Piece of Advice You Ever Got?”

  1. “is your integrity worth _______?” when facing a moral dilemmna…it helps me make the right decision
    I would also have to add “treat each patient like she’s your mother” and also, “don’t judge until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes”

  2. “don’t take anything personally.” this has helped me cut down on the things I choose to let bother me on a daily basis. I used to let snide comments from others eat away at me all day, but now I remind myself that whatever they’re going through probably had nothing, or at least very little, to do with me.

  3. Attitude is everything.
    Blessed are they who expect nothing, for they shall never be
    Attempt to achieve instant negative memory loss.

  4. Here are the ones that have guided me:
    What other people think of me is none of my business! (makes it easier to shake things off)
    How important will this be to me in 5 minutes? 5 days? 5 years from now? (keeps the panic attacks down)
    and my favorite since I was a teen comes from Snoopy:
    Life is too short not to live it up a little!


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