Skip to comments.Good advice that you wish you had followed. (Vanity)
Posted on 05/31/2014 10:31:14 AM PDT by paterfamilias
All of us have learned from sad experience by doing something we were warned by somebody older and wiser not to do.
What's your regret?
When I turned 18 (then the legal drinking age), my father said to me, "Son, NEVER get drunk on wine."
About 2 years later, I learned how very right he was!
I have since passed the same wise advice to my son.
To take or not to take a pension vs lump sum
Which one is better advice?
My dad knew my first wife was beautiful trouble
But he didn’t really tell me his view then
Southern manners kind of thing
Wifey and I more likely to speak up
In 1984 a complete stranger told me that I should learn to program computers.
I wish I had followed his advice.
Advice I should’ve followed: Pay myself before paying bills..and Do Not Ignore letters from the I R S. They won’t forget I still owe....Last bit of advice, don’t be afraid to respectfully question authority.
Lord loves a working man.
Don’t trust whitey.
See a doctor, and get rid of it.
Its an important and personal decision.
Much home work involved.
I took a “learn the basics on how to operate a computer” course at the local college years ago, and on the last day, the lady instructing the course mentioned to the class that if any of us had a few thousand dollars we’d like to invest, she had just invested and would highly recommend the company.
I had never heard of Intel back then and couldn’t afford to gamble.
“Don’t EVER spend more than you have”
That BIT(H is CRAZY.
Never trust the police.
While I missed my calling as a programmer, I was told, with so much enthusiasm to buy and read “Life After Television” by George Gilder.
This was in the summer of 1991 and when November rolled around my wife asked what I wanted for Christmas. I really couldn’t think of anything so I told her the book, “Life After Television”. She went to a half dozen bookstores and couldn’t find it. Finally, she was resolved to order it. When it came in she was soo mad. It was this tiny little paperback.
That book completely changed my perspective on so many things. While most of Gilder’s predictions did not come true, the overriding theme of business, technology and human nature have been the most valuable lesson I’ve ever learned.
When I was 17, dad warned me about a buddy that my best friend and I hung with and took weekend trips with. The guy was ten years older than us and always bought us beer. Dad said “Jim is gay and he has an agenda with you guys.” Well, of course I was outraged at the accusation and respectfully fought back. He shrugged since he knew we were big enough to kick butt. Well, sure enough the ok’ man proved to be right. “Uh, dad... Um... Jim told us he’s gay... And he loves (my buddy).”
Dad just shook his head. Didn’t even see it coming! Ha!
“Don’t stick your d*** in Crazy.”
Daddy always said don’t keep tasting that shine when your making it. He was right as I have lost two good stills as I have no ideal were I was working them.
Don't F... the help
Don't screw another man's wife and drink his liquor
Pay your debts and give a man an honest day's work.
A friend of mine used to say, “GOOD advice can be expensive, but it’s NEVER as expensive as BAD advice”!!
Best advice from my mom:
Never pick up a guy in a bar - you’ll only end up with a drunk.
Instead pick up a guy in a library - at least you’ll know he can read.
Mind you, this advice was given ages ago before guys could surf porn on the internet at the library!
Oh, God. Where to start? It seems that at every point in my life when I had an important decision to make, I was more likely to make the wrong decision and in the process ignore someone’s advice. Thankfully, good luck has occasionally provided relief and chance to recover from my mistakes.
From time to time I also took good advice and generally got good results from that, too. So, it hasn’t been a life of unending disasters — just one of periodic disasters. I’m hoping that it all evens out eventually and it seems to be headed in that direction.
Dad told me just before I got married:
You are going to be broke more than rich. Running from paycheck to paycheck and praying nothing serious happens. Every time you get paid, pull twenty out of it and use it for a luxury. Your bank account won’t like it, your marriage will.
That were 40 years ago. He were right.
May I add Sherman's Corollary?
Sometimes Authority is right.
Like the country song says...
“Work that job hard, but don’t work your life away.”
advice I gave my daughter at one point...
If you marry for money, you’ll earn every penny.
Don’t drink the water in Mexico. Just kidding. Wish someone had given me advice about anything.
Invest $3000 every year in an IRA during your 20s, then you will retire millionaire.
Mine was Dad writing to me, Hamlet Act 3, Pelonius to Laertus.
Modernized, of course.
2. Follow the Golden Rule
3. Don’t borrow money (This one didn’t sink in until I was fifty)
4. Never loan money - make it a gift. Then you won’t be disappointed when it does not come back.
5. Put away ten cents of every dollar you earn for a rainy day. (Really wish I had started on that one sooner)
6. Give away ten cents of every dollar you earn.
Once I got all of them working fairly consistently, quality of life improved considerably.
“If it floats, flies, or [fornicates] - rent it!”
—P. J. O’Rourke
You wouldn’t have listened anyway. sigh
"Neither a borrower, nor a lender be
Do not forget
Stay out of debt"
"There's just one other thing, you ought to do
To thine own self be true"
A Harold Hecuba Production
Probably not...I dunno...I respected my father a lot.....revere him now pretty much.....and I was 29
Not really a kid
Maybe your whole life was a process leading you to the lovely lady who is your wife now. ? smile
Sure was....proof on my homepage
20 years same woman....100% only her
I sure never thought I could do that...my appetite prior was rakish to say the least
But its no challenge at all..not just cause God said so..I would hope anyone could have such a relationship with a member of the opposite sex..
It does help having same cultural outlook....religion...and similar backgrounds
And that the woman knows how to stay appealing...I know that sounds shallow but Wifey...even at 50 next birthday is still a girl to me in many ways
She cares about her appearance and zest....its hard to explain...southern girls if from a good family kind of get indoctrinated that way
Not tacky girly....its a different animal....my mom at 70.....still had a woman’s feminine aura
I appreciate the kind words....pardon my clumsy explanation
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.