Throughout our lives, we have all been given a great deal of advice. What to eat, what to wear, how to act, what to do, where to go and how to respond to situations. The list could go on and on.
As children, our parents gave us advice and most of us probably didn’t do a very good job at listening. At least I didn’t, not always. Like most kids, I thought that I knew more than my parents did and they certainly could not understand what I was going through. Boy, was I wrong and should have listened to them. Undoubtedly, it would have saved me from some unnecessary hardships.
Instead of listening, we learned the hard way.
Advice doesn’t only come from our parents. It can come from anyone such as teachers, bosses, colleagues, peers, and even billboards if we’re paying attention. Some advice we take and others we ignore completely. But, there is always that one piece of advice that we should have listened to, but didn’t.
For me, it would have been “Just be yourself”. That is one area of my life that I have always struggled with. For most of my life, I’ve worked so hard to make others happy by being what they need me to be, saying what they need to hear and doing what they want me to do. As a result, I’m not entirely sure if I know who “I” am.
“Just be yourself.” That’s great advice. Advice that I should have put into practice, starting at a much younger age.
Is there one piece of advice in your life, that sticks out the most?