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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?


id rather be lucky than good

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?

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

Righty tighty leftie loosie.

THIS one PERSONALLY saves me all the time.

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.)

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

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


something that can go wrong will go wrong

the art of admiring someone is also the art of ignorance

Ben Franklin

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

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


8 years ago

"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.

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

- 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...

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


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

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.

8 years ago

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

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


Don't eat the yellow snow.

"Think for yourself."

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

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."

"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.