People Share The Single Piece Of Advice That Changed Their Entire Life

Single mottos can really change our perspective of life. Your approach to life dictates your experience of it, and your experience of it is really the thing that ties all humankind together.

Every once in a while, a little piece of wisdom crosses our path that strikes us at exactly the time we need to hear it. And that's the beginning of our lives changing.


Redditor u/Mememakermaker wrote:

What advice did someone give you that changed your life?

Here were some of those examples.

The Fundamentals OF Personage

"I was always told to think three things:"

"Does this need to be said?"

"Does this need to be said by me?"

"Does this need to be said by me right now?"

"If it's a no on any of these, shut up."-ruiner32

The Ethics Of Coming Back

"My 5th grade teacher ms. Davis."

"'If you are getting frustrated it's perfectly ok to walk away for a bit a come back to the problem, it's better to walk away and come back with a clear head then just getting more frustrated.'"

"This was the first person I met that saw me and got me."-Ok-Letterhead4601

Live Ya Life

"'You can be the ripest, juiciest peach there is, and there will still be people who don't like peaches' - Dita Von Teese"

"Used to stress about people liking me or not, stemming from different experiences as a kid."

"I read this quote and realised that I can be the best I can be, but I'm still not gonna be to everyone's taste, and that's alright. Helped me stress down almost entirely about that."-Loevetann

Do you see anything in here that you abide by already?

When You Get Relief From The Weight Of The World

"Not really advice, just a remark someone made a few times that hit home..."

"They said that most things people do have nothing to do with you, even if it's directed at you. It really did change my life in that I hardly ever take things personal anymore."-StaplePriz

Make Em Talk

"Be involved, not attached."

"Had major problems socializing for most of my life. It's way better now, thanks to advice like this. It doesn't mean you have to dominate every conversation, just be more involved."

"Ask the talking person questions, repeat what they said in other words to clarify their statements, ask follow-up questions."

"Let them know you're actually interested in what they have to say. Making people talk will get you way farther than talking about yourself."-CheesyPersonality

Divorce Is Divorce Of Course Of Course

"Not quite advice, but a male co-worker said his wife was his best friend and I realized my husband and I weren't friends at all."

"Tried to change the relationship but eventually left. 10 years later married a man who was my friend, still married 13 years and he is my best friend."-Nature-prevails

Inside Out At Work

"'Good memories can be just as toxic as bad memories.'"

"For people in bad friendships/romantic relationships, so many people hold on to the good times in the past, hoping that it'll be like that again."

"You remember how good things were at the start, and you convince yourself 'they're not that bad, remember that one good time.....", even though at present, you're being treated like sh*t."

"But what's in the past has already happened. Your current reality is not that anymore. Good memories can really trap you in bad places if you're not careful."

"This advice has definitely been a wake up call to me before."-Embarrassed-Bar-2869

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And are you seeing anything that has actually changed the way you think about life going forward?

Keepin It Busy

"My therapist told me not to fight my drinking cravings, but rather to ignore them."

"Instead of white knuckling it on the couch trying to ride it out, she suggested I find a project and keep myself busy instead."

"It worked. Today I'm 41 days sober."-erik316wttn

Earn Your "Yes"es

"Consider what saying 'yes' will cost you - time, energy, money, etc. If you really can't part with what it would cost, then "no" is a statement of fact, and an act of self-respect."

"Also, recognize that other people are allowed to be upset or have negative emotions, without it being your job to fix that - even if they say you're the source or reason."

"Obviously if you've hurt someone with your words or actions you should apologize - but if someone's mad at you for not doing them a favor? Too bad. You're probably not their only option and they'll just have to learn to solve their own problems."

"We're each responsible for our own happiness. We can choose to add to the happiness of others, but it's nobody's job to ensure someone else's happiness."

"Today is only one day in all the days that will ever be. But what will happen in all the other days that ever come can depend on what you do today."-hdizzydawg

Go Go Go Go Go

"If something is worth doing, its worth doing badly."

"At one point in my life I just did not want to do anything because of depression and anxiety and it sucked. I was brought up to believe 'if something is worth doing, its worth doing right.'"

"So I decided because I didn't think i could get it right I wouldn't bother doing anything."

"I read this, and realised I'd been doing it all wrong. I may not be able to get up and shave and shower and run 2 miles in the morning. But I can get dressed and brush my teeth. That'll do."-madcow87_

The purpose of these little bits of advice is to show that mindset really is everything when it comes to day in and day out. Full periods of time will often go by in peoples' lives before they realize that what they've lived hasn't at all lived up to their standards or expectations.

Hopefully, lists like this can change all that.

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