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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #150 on: August 09, 2015, 01:03:18 AM »
A stitch in time saves nine.

I live by this, and the other that goes so well with it; 'For the want of a nail, the kingdom was lost'.

Truly Mustachian ideas, that I was once discussing with a friend's teenage daughter. I was explaining that keeping things (we were referring to cars) maintained meant they lasted a long time.
She found it difficult to understand that someone would service a vehicle rather than fix it when it broke.

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #151 on: August 09, 2015, 08:07:07 AM »
She found it difficult to understand that someone would service a vehicle rather than fix it when it broke.
She grew up in an era of very reliable cars with elecronic engine managment systems that tell you when something is going to go wrong.
Waiting until the check engine light comes on before a service and only changing the oil every 20,000mi might be perfectly logical.

I was forced to buy a new car once by DW (don't worry I paid cash and intend to keep it for 20years)
But it meant that for the 3years of the warranty it got regularly serviced at the dealer. As far as a I can tell this consisted of changing the oil about 4x as often as the same car sold in every other market and checking the onboard diagnostics.
There was nothing to actually "service" but over the 3years it had still cost me about 25% of the purchase price.

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #152 on: August 09, 2015, 10:30:11 AM »
This gem from Steve Jobs:
...and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use..."
Damn have Apple patented irony now ?

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #153 on: August 09, 2015, 10:33:53 AM »
This gem from Steve Jobs:

"Everything around you that you call life was made up by people that were no smarter than you...and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use..."

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kYfNvmF0Bqw

I agree that this is a profound observation. But I think it's interesting that the thing he dedicated his life to was to make a better phone and music player. Those devices have improved people's lives (and made them worse in some ways as a consequence--but I think the good outweighs the bad by a lot). But imagine if he'd picked a different cause to lead. Maybe he didn't have the right skills to end world poverty or stop climate change. But maybe you do?

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #154 on: August 09, 2015, 01:00:48 PM »
This gem from Steve Jobs:
...and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use..."
Damn have Apple patented irony now ?

iIrony

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #155 on: August 09, 2015, 02:14:08 PM »
This gem from Steve Jobs:
...and you can change it, you can influence it, you can build your own things that other people can use..."
Damn have Apple patented irony now ?

iIrony iRony

FTFY

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #156 on: August 09, 2015, 02:32:21 PM »
She found it difficult to understand that someone would service a vehicle rather than fix it when it broke.
She grew up in an era of very reliable cars with elecronic engine managment systems that tell you when something is going to go wrong.
Waiting until the check engine light comes on before a service and only changing the oil every 20,000mi might be perfectly logical.

I was forced to buy a new car once by DW (don't worry I paid cash and intend to keep it for 20years)
But it meant that for the 3years of the warranty it got regularly serviced at the dealer. As far as a I can tell this consisted of changing the oil about 4x as often as the same car sold in every other market and checking the onboard diagnostics.
There was nothing to actually "service" but over the 3years it had still cost me about 25% of the purchase price.

Nope.  She grew up with her Mum lurching from financial crisis to crisis with broken down older cars that she kept blowing engines and transmissions on because she would rather spend money on clothes than getting an oil change, and didn't remember to top up the oil or water regularly herself.

I see your point, and it would have been valid definitely, but not in this case.

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #157 on: August 09, 2015, 02:38:27 PM »
"You'll cope"

I was 21 years old, about to head overseas for the first time and getting stressed with the What Ifs - what if I get robbed, what if I lose my passport, what if... A colleague looked at me calmly while I was having my mini meltdown and just said "You'll cope".

This has become my mantra for everything.

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #158 on: October 22, 2015, 01:19:50 PM »
From Nanny: "If you have a choice between a rich man you love that belittles you, and a poor man you don't love that respects you, marry the poor man. Love can grow from respect. And even if he isn't the love of your life, it's better to be married to a man that respects you, instead of a man that belittles you."

From Dad: "Life isn't going to just hand you things. If you want something you gotta work for it. You'll appreciate something a hell of a lot more if you worked for it, instead of having it handed to you."

From Mom: "Never do anything that would make you lose your self-respect. Before you do something, think to yourself 'Would I be proud to tell other people about this, or would I be ashamed if they found out?'

From PawPaw: "Life's too damn short to be worrying over every little thing that could happen. Make a plan for the big stuff and let the little stuff roll off your back."

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #159 on: October 22, 2015, 02:22:42 PM »
There is no benefit to a man to get married.

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #160 on: October 22, 2015, 03:02:51 PM »
Prediction is very difficult, especially if it's about the future.
~Niels Bohr

“Whether you think you can, or you think you can't--you're right.”
~Henry Ford

“The brick walls are there for a reason. The brick walls are not there to keep us out. The brick walls are there to give us a chance to show how badly we want something. Because the brick walls are there to stop the people who don’t want it badly enough. They’re there to stop the other people.”
~Randy Pausch, The Last Lecture

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #161 on: October 25, 2015, 02:15:15 AM »
Never judge a man by what he does- my Grandfather

Yes you can do it, just keep going-- my Crosscountry Coach

Flattery will get you everywhere- my Grandfather

Bring something. No freeloading-- my Grandfather

Never humilate someone. Win but never humilate. You will have an enemy for life-- my Grandfather

Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the face-- Mike Tyson

You dont pick the woman, the woman picks you-- someone I knew

All of those feelings wont change a thing. You have to do something-- not sure where I got that

You want to know how to get good at something, you practice-- I drill this into my boy's head all the time

I am the lender not the borrower-- Joel Osteen

You have been given everything you need to complete your destiny-- Joel Osteen

Never say I cant do it. Say I am currently struggling with-- Tony Robbins

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #162 on: October 25, 2015, 03:58:14 AM »
"                                        "  - Eckhart Tolle

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #163 on: October 25, 2015, 06:30:18 AM »
My Dad: "You've got to pick your fights."

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #164 on: October 26, 2015, 09:11:55 AM »
This country is starved for leadership.  Make a decision and forge ahead.

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #165 on: October 26, 2015, 10:24:12 AM »
In engineering: "Better is the enemy of good"

From a coworker (contractor) "Never sleep on company time and never sh!t on your own time"

Another coworker about not being pigeonholed into something with no great advancement opportunity, "Don't be known for being good at sweeping floors" and "Pick something people think is hard and don't like doing and become the expert on it.  You'll be indispensable."

In terms of financial advice, my college roommate's dad was a captain for Delta back in the hay day of them making $300k+ per year.  There were 4 of us roommates living in a house together and he bought us each (including his own daughter) a copy of the book, "Smart Women Finish Rich" and said if he had known what was in that book when he was starting out, he'd be rich/retired by now (He was in his early 50's).  I think I was the only one of the 4 that read it and his comment stuck with me because at the time, he was the "richest" person I knew.


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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #166 on: October 26, 2015, 12:32:26 PM »
"Life is full of little lessons, if you care to notice them." - My mom

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #167 on: October 26, 2015, 10:06:24 PM »
“Never get married.” Too bad I didn't heed the warning.

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #168 on: October 29, 2015, 11:12:21 PM »
"Make sure you live your life so you will have no regrets when you are older" - my best friend's Dad

"You must work to live and not live to work".- my best friend's Dad

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #169 on: December 08, 2015, 07:59:36 PM »
"Young people look good in scarves that look designed for old people [conservative checks, etc]. Old people look good in scarves that look designed for young people" [garish colours, etc].

I concede this advice is of somewhat limited application. Maybe it's not the absolutely BEST advice I've ever had. But it does come in useful when buying gifts.

(Middle-aged people ... not so sure what they do.)

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #170 on: December 08, 2015, 09:55:47 PM »
"Son, a great thing about being Irish is that people expect you to be cheap."
And
"Return uncertainty + fees certainty = something to avoid"

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #171 on: December 09, 2015, 09:39:32 AM »
the loudest person at the meeting often knows the least

if you're the smartest person in the room, you're in the wrong room

don't shit where you eat

don't fish off the company pier

drink whatever damn wine you want


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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #172 on: December 09, 2015, 10:07:23 AM »
"If something sounds too good to be true, it probably is." -Mom when I fell for the "YOU may have WON A MILLION DOLLARS" junk mail when I was 10.

"Less thinky, more do-y." -A friend's Dad

"Nobody on their deathbed ever said, 'I wish I'd spent more time at the office.'" -Unknown

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #173 on: December 20, 2015, 02:15:01 AM »
Some people search for the right job/company, and there are others make the company work for/right for them.
-My previous manager. Good to know there's options both ways.

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #174 on: December 20, 2015, 02:23:09 AM »
"Nobody on their deathbed ever said, 'I wish I'd spent more time at the office.'" -Unknown

I hear this a lot.

I'm hoping this is the case, as I'm coming to believe (and worry?) that I might think this at the end.
I am a former teacher who accumulated a bunch of real estate, retired at 29, spent some time traveling the world full time and am now settled with three kids.
If you want to know more about me, this Business Insider profile tells the story pretty well.
I (rarely) blog at AdventuringAlong.com. Check out the Now page to see what I'm up to currently.

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #175 on: December 22, 2015, 01:37:50 PM »
The best advice I ever got came from Bill Watterson.


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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #176 on: December 22, 2015, 01:57:02 PM »
The best advice I ever got came from Bill Watterson.

Haha, thanks for that, great message and got a good laugh.

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #177 on: December 26, 2015, 10:10:07 PM »
"If you can't afford it now, then don't buy it."

"Everything you do is an expression of yourself. So what kind of person do you want yourself to be?"

"For the love of God, take the foil off before you stick that in the microwave!"

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #178 on: December 27, 2015, 05:28:03 AM »
Figure out how much you need to retire and then map the course to that amount with the lowest risk possible.

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #179 on: December 27, 2015, 08:32:55 AM »
The best advice I ever got came from Bill Watterson.
Watterson is easily the best philosopher of the 2nd half of the C20

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #180 on: December 30, 2015, 06:23:17 AM »
My grandfather "Save 10 cents of every dollar you get and you'll be rich."

And to paraphrase 2 gems from the books of other successes:

"I was successful, not by superior smarts, but by my superior attention to details especially with people." - Sam Walton

And on investing (and a heck of a lot more as life has proven):

"Only risk your capital when there is a margin of safety.   Usually, this in brief times of markets' irrational behavior." - Ben Graham via Warren Buffett

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #181 on: December 30, 2015, 07:59:19 AM »
Don't write stuff in emails that can be held against you later (my office is across the hall from a lawyer who mentions this regularly).

You are not as heavy on other people's minds as you think you are.

Don't let people live rent free in your head.

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #182 on: January 11, 2016, 09:06:55 PM »
From my Grade 11 English teacher:  "When you get to the end of the story, stop writing!"

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #183 on: January 15, 2016, 04:05:09 PM »
Sell the car

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #184 on: January 22, 2016, 01:09:21 PM »
Everybody's different and that's ok.

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #185 on: January 22, 2016, 01:11:40 PM »
Don't drink the foam, it will make you stupid.

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Re: What is the best advice you ever got?
« Reply #186 on: January 27, 2016, 02:04:17 PM »
Best advice I've received (thus far) has been:

Mama: "There's a difference between failing and giving up."

Daddy: "It's not how much you make, but how much you save that's important."