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Take Some Good Advice

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Throughout our lives, we might have given and received thousands of advice over the years. Can you recall the best piece of advice that you have received and have given to others? Sometimes we take the advice when we think we can benefit from it, and other times, well, we just simply do the opposite.

 


“As you get older, you grow and mature, and that should never stop. As soon as you stop growing, you're done living. I'll always be growing, forever learning, forever taking in advice from people I deeply respect.”




― Odell Beckham, Jr.



Seek advice from mentors and choose your mentors wisely. When we were young, our first advisors were our parents or guardians. When we started to attend school, we spend most of our time with our friends and teachers, so our decisions are often influenced by them. However, there should also be a time when we should choose who to approach to ask for good insights and that's where our mentors come in.

 


“Mentors don't just have to be people who are older or more experienced than you are. Mentors are people who really care about you, know you, and want to offer feedback and advice to help you grow.”




― Jennifer Hyman



The Unsolicited Advice

 

When others hear about your problems, sometimes they would be compelled to give you advice even if you didn't ask for it. How do you react to unsolicited advice? If you receive suggestions from others, it’s best to keep in mind that they should be taken with a grain of salt. Try to keep an open mind and see the positive side of things. Besides, most of the people who offer support genuinely mean well anyway. This might sound tough, but instead of feeling offended and defensive, it’s a lot better to listen. Politely acknowledge the advice. Showing kindness and appreciation can definitely go a long way.

 


“Be true to yourself, stay focused and stay you, take advice from other folks, use what you can, but never mind what is not for you. For the most part, trust yourself and believe in what you are doing.”




― Taalib Johnson



The Advice with Criticism

 

When you get unsolicited advice, some of them may contain criticisms. While the comment might feel like a punch in the face, constructive feedback can also be beneficial. When others point to us our weaknesses, they are actually giving us the opportunity to develop and improve ourselves. Yes, it’s really hard to hear criticism but when we learn to handle them the right way, we could accept and use them to our advantage. Take note of the most important lessons learned.

 


“It is an easy thing for one whose foot is on the outside of calamity to give advice and to rebuke the sufferer.”




― Aeschylus



Know that in the end, you are the one who have the power to take action. You can reflect upon the suggestions you hear from others. Filter the advice you get. When you feel that they are already crossing the boundaries, don’t be afraid to speak up and say that you appreciate their thoughts but unfortunately, it just doesn't apply to you then move on.

 


“People are full of great advice... Professors, parents, friends mean well... But in the end, the person driving this thing called life is you. Listen to you. Spend time being alone. Learn your worth. Dream. And never forget where you came from.”




― Brooke Baldwin

 

 


 

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