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What is the greatest advice ever given to you? Answered

Sometimes, there are hidden gems of knowledge, when shared with you, made a huge impact. What was one (or more) of yours?

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SorryBarry (author)2009-11-27

id rather be lucky than good
-macgyver

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lutziepv08 (author)2009-11-01

This are all VERY good.. To choose just one as the best answer would be a slap in the face to the rest. Is there anybody who strongly desires it?

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MahavishnuMan (author)2009-10-19

My dad always told me, "If you can't dazzle 'em with brilliance, baffle 'em with bullshit."

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brandegor (author)2009-10-24

Righty tighty leftie loosie.

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lutziepv08 (author)brandegor2009-11-01

THIS one PERSONALLY saves me all the time.

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Grathio (author)2009-10-17
There are quite a few, but here are the two that are the most applicable to the Instructables crowd:
  • Measure twice, cut once.
  • Boo-boos can be beautiful. (My 3rd grade art teacher, but applicable in many adult situations that don't involve finger paint.)

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brandegor (author)Grathio2009-10-24

I had a woodworking teacher who expanded to "think thrice, measure twice, cut once." Either way it saves my butt all the time.

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Molten Boron (author)2009-10-20

Always avoid a fight.
But if you MUST fight, you MUST win.

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nepheron (author)2009-10-19
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acidbass (author)2009-10-19

something that can go wrong will go wrong

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acidbass (author)2009-10-19

the art of admiring someone is also the art of ignorance

Ben Franklin

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acidbass (author)2009-10-19

to shoot my cat and get a fish and life is short eat dessert first

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brandegor (author)2009-10-19

If it doesn't kill you, it will make a great story at a party.

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dkop1 (author)2009-10-18

"females are always right"
My Father and 7th grade science teacher have both told me this.
ok, it's male specific advice, but it works.

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novakfor3 (author)2009-10-18

<em>Great works are performed, not by strength, but by perseverance.</em> <div class="auth"><br /> Samuel Johnson</div>

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RelaxedSoup (author)2009-10-17

- It's easier to ask for forgiveness than permission.

Credit for that goes to my High School German teacher.  There's a few more that I can't think of at the moment...

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lemonie (author)RelaxedSoup2009-10-18

Hence "It's better to regret something you have done, than to regret something you haven't done".

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Re-design (author)2009-10-18

Never miss a chance to make a pit stop.  Grandfather
Never miss a chance to nap in the afternoon.  Unknown
Never spend more than you've got.  Parents
Never argue with a cop.  Myown

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Gorfram (author)2009-10-18
There was a book by James Michener, about drifting backpacker-ish-ly through Europe in the 1960's, that included these two bits of invaluable wisdom:
  1. (Especially applicable while travelling) Never miss an opportunity to do laundry.
  2. (Especially applicable just about any time.) Never sleep with someone whose troubles are greater than your own.

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Burf (author)2009-10-18

"Read everything you can get your hands on."
Mrs. Bryce, my  4th grade English teacher.

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yeehacmh (author)2009-10-18

Speak softly and carry a big stick; you will go far.
Teddy Roosevelt

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steveastrouk (author)2009-10-18

Don't eat the yellow snow.

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Kiteman (author)2009-10-18
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NachoMahma (author)2009-10-17

. <a href="http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/There_ain%27t_no_such_thing_as_a_free_lunch">TANSTAAFL</a><br />

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orksecurity (author)2009-10-17

Actually, it was first given to my father, written in his high school yearbook by my grandfather (who could speak six languages with reasonable fluently but couldn't spell worth a darn in any of them):

"Perserveer, mine son, and you shall succid."

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framistan (author)2009-10-17

"Have-A-Care!"  advise given at the end of every class of Mr John Eaton
in high-school back in 1974.  He would say, "Goodbye everyone... have a care!"  as the bell rang and everyone went to their next class. When i got
older, I discovered that Love is "careing" about others.... (not infatuation) and
the OPPOSITE of love is not HATE.... it is INDIFFERENCE..... as in "I dont care!" So, "Have-A-Care" was good advise.

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