What’s One Of The Best Pieces Of Life Advice You’ve Received?
From a favourite uncle, when I was leaving home at 21, moving out west:
“I don’t care what you do with your life. You can become a shit shoveller if that is what you want. Just make sure that you are the best damn shit shoveller that ever lived!”
All he wanted to convey was try hard and always put forth your best, honest effort, no matter what you do. To do so is to walk through life with integrity.
In the field of romance, in the lyrics to his song, “Find Her Finer”, which is in regards to the proper way to approach a lady and impress her in order to win her heart, Mr. Frank Zappa advises:
“Don’t never let her know you are smart.
The universe is no place to start. You gotta play it straight from the heart”
Well, I think that is good advice because coming from the heart encourages the best results for a new relationship. A couple can talk about the universe after getting to know each other a little bit. What do you think?
When your son graduates high school, you have already spent 93% of your in-person time with them.
Childhood is precious. Every minute counts.
One more visual to represent how short life is… below is what 90 years looks like on paper each o is one year:
Thats it… that’s your entire life.
Im 36, which means I have about 50 summers left.
“To live, we must daily break the body and shed the blood of Creation. When we do this knowingly, lovingly, skillfully, reverently, it is a sacrament. When we do it ignorantly, greedily, clumsily, destructively, it is a desecration. In such desecration we condemn ourselves to spiritual and moral loneliness, and others to want.”
(It’s especially meaningful to me as someone who loves farming, especially the livestock piece.)
The market can stay irrational longer than you can stay solvent.
(I rephrase this one as “In investing, being early is the same thing as being wrong,” which is something I’ve unfortunately learned the hard way over the past ten years!)
I’m fond of this one from the cheesy Johnny Depp movie Don Juan:
“There are only four questions of value in life… What is sacred? Of what is the spirit made? What is worth living for, and what is worth dying for? The answer to each is the same: only love.
Don Juan DeMarco”
“Don’t let your dreams be dreams. Yesterday you said tomorrow so just do it!”
This was taken from the inspirational satirical speech performed by Shia LaBeouf. But in all seriousness I’ve been overwhelmed at times having two young boys and a new house. I’ve had so many projects and so little time due to family commitments, all with this giant gray cloud of socio-economic dread hanging over us.I’ve found that making good decisions soon (maybe not the optimal/best) and breaking down large projects into small ones has enabled me to get stuff done, resulting in a lot more fulfillment and less procrastination and anxiety.
I was instructed by 2 very successful and vastly different people, one a pacifist, the other a true warrior.
Their points were the same:
1. it is easier to remember
2. it saves time
From the farmer: Never whip a borrowed team (of horses).
As a citizen: There’s no such thing as a little bit of zoning.
To the overtalkative: Give your ears a chance.
To the argumentative: It’s not what you say, but how you say it.
As Bernard Baruch said when asked how he made his millions:
“I always sold too soon!”