Life lessons, or, Real Men/Women of Genius

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  1. PACoureurDuBois

    PACoureurDuBois For God and Country --AISI #49-- --Roughian #79-- Supporter

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    I posted this in skills, because I firmly believe that being able to listen to, and actually take advice is a skill that some folks just dont have.

    That being said, I wanted to dedicate this thread space to anyone who wanted to share any of the best advice they've even been given. Who knows, you may even help somebody out.

    It can be serious, or humorous.(because there's always a nugget of truth inside those giggles anyhow)

    I'll kick it off with a few that have always stuck with me.

    From my Pappy:
    • If you dont miss the first time, you dont have to worry about the follow up shot so much.
    • If you only kiss one lady, you dont have to worry about getting found out.
    • A knife is a tool. It can help ya, or it can hurt ya. Which one it does, depends on you.
    • Look a man in the eye when you shake his hand. And hold it like a gun, don't be limp in the wrist.
    From my Gramma:
    • The stove has more settings than just "High", learn how to use it.
    • Say I love you to who ever you have everyday.
    • Pay attention in school and in church.
    • Keep your eyes on the road, because someone else probably isn't.
     
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    I have lots of quotes in mind, but this is from me for the younger folks:

    "You'll spend all your thirties and forties cleaning up what you did in your twenties-so watch what you're doing."

    And to no group in particular:
    "It's easier to remember what you said if it's the truth."
     
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    Best one I ever got and still pretty much live by is,
    Keep your mouth shut unless you can add something. From my Papa
    People who have been in the woods, or worked with me can vouch for this. Unless we are telling tells, or ya bout to get hurt, then I'll speak up or yell.
    Also, an old man has to live with what he did as a young man.
    joe
     
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    From my great uncle when I was heading off to college, "I'm going to tell you the same thing my Dad told me when I left for the Army, 'Flies spread diseases... keep yours zipped up!'".
     
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  5. PACoureurDuBois

    PACoureurDuBois For God and Country --AISI #49-- --Roughian #79-- Supporter

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    argue for your limitations and pretty sure, they are.
    and
    as long as you say you can't, you're right.
     
  7. PACoureurDuBois

    PACoureurDuBois For God and Country --AISI #49-- --Roughian #79-- Supporter

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    I'm gonna add another one from pappy I just remembered:

    Unless YOU emptied it, assume every gun is still loaded, and even if you did, check it again anyway.
     
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    If you work to develop character, you won't have to defend your reputation.
     
  9. PACoureurDuBois

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    I was told something similar by an old supervisor. I dont remember it word for word but it was something to the effect of, "Work hard till you don't have to introduce yourself"
     
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    My Grandpa used to take me out in the woods to find Morel mushrooms. He told me we had to be quiet, otherwise they would run away and hide. But when we found one, we'd talk a bit and there were often some others nearby. I always wondered why the other ones didn't run away.

    Then there was my Uncle, his oldest son, who told us tobacco was bad. So he let us kids chew a cigar or some chewing tobacco. Get dizzy and nearly puke. He'd laugh.
     
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    My mother:

    "It's better to order the more inexpensive items at a nice restaurant then the expensive items at a bad one".

    That one serves me well nearly everyday. If you need an example, order a hamburger at a Ruth Chris steakhouse instead of a steak at Denny's. That doesn't mean that you should not try an expensive steak once in a while at a nice restaurant but in general the $16 hamburger will be a better meal then whatever that gets you at a Denny's/Applebees and so on.

    This can also apply in other areas of life where you may want the worst thing in the best place as opposed to the best thing in the worst place.
     
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    My Grandpap always would say "if you won't remember it in five years....ain't worth worrying over".
     
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    "Marry someone opposite of you." - hot sauce shop manager in New Orleans. His reasoning was that if you marry a person just like you your high days will be really high but your low days will be really low since you're on the same wave. If you're opposite from your partner, you equal each other out and are better able to support each other.

    I've found it to be sound advice and followed it closely.
     
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    If ten people tell you are drunk and even if you don't think you are shut up and sit down.
     
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    the words my told me that stick with me most.

    "leave it better than you found it."

    he said it about me working in his shop or garage (he was a huge proponent of "a place for every and everything in it's place" which rubbed off on me) but later showed me that it meant everything-when you leave a job, make sure they are in a better position than when you came on; when you part ways with people, try to have made some positive impression or help to them.
     
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    ^^^^This. Drives me bonkers when I open my toolbox and things are not where I left them.
     
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    as a kid, i wasn't great about it....but my mom was WORSE. i had it at the other end of the bench, or something like that-SHE had it in a different room or even building!

    now i'm to the point that i just seem to be the guy that can (usually) tell you where something is! (whether it's mine, the wife's, or the kid's......even if i wasn't the one to move it!)
     
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    My wife has a system of...how should I say....controlled chaos.

    If I can't find something, (because someone else moved it and didnt put it back!) I ask her. And the response I usually get is correct, albeit totally outlandish.
    Example:
    "Honey, where are the kitchen scissors?"
    "In our bedroom, under the nightstand, behind a sock."
    Sure enough, there it is.....
     
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    “Almost everything is easier to get into than get out of”
     
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    From my Mom.... Never whittle towards yourself or pee against the wind.
     
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    I first read this a very long time ago, back in the 1960's. It was written by a Scandinavian Survival Instructor teaching British Royal Marines Arctic and Northern Forest survival. It was in a booklet issued at the time, exact wording has drained from my old head but it read something very like..

    " Nature is neutral, she is neither your enemy or your friend, she has existed since the beginning of time and will live on long after you have gone. It is how you behave that can make her one or the other "
     
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    "A man's got to know his limitations"
    If you're not working toward the best for humanity ,what is it your working toward ?
     
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    Three quotes my dad always said to me:

    "Honesty is the best policy, even when you are in the wrong"
    "You never get a second chance to make a good first impression"
    "CANT never did anything"

    I hated that last quote when I was a kid. When I fussed about not being able to do something, he would say it. Now that pops is in heaven, I appreciate it so much more. Every one of these quotes helped to make me who I am. I will be forever grateful to have had a father that was firm in his convictions, and did his best to teach me right.
     
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    If you think you can, or you think you can't, you are probably right.
     
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    My mom used to tell me, "if there is something you want to do in life...do it NOW."
     
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    From my best friend: "Everything in moderation. Including moderation itself"
     
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    My mom to teenage me who didn't appreciate it much back then: "It takes so little to be above average."
     
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    From one of my supervisors at my first "big boy" job after high school:

    Extra money is good, but family is better. No one dying wishes they worked more overtime.
     
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    From a HS teacher, "Never be satisfied with mediocrity".
     
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    The one that always stuck in my mind....
    'Its not the Age, but the Mileage.'
     
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    I found this on FB of all places...I am not quite 65 yet but I still live this anyway....



    Many of us are between 65 and death, i.e. old. My friend sent me this excellent list for aging . . . and I have to agree it's good advice to follow. The guy who sent this hi-lighted #19.

    1. It’s time to use the money you saved up. Use it and enjoy it. Don’t just keep it for those who may have no notion of the sacrifices you made to get it. Remember there is nothing more dangerous than a son or daughter-in-law with big ideas for your hard-earned capital. Warning: This is also a bad time for investments, even if it seems wonderful or fool-proof. They only bring problems and worries. This is a time for you to enjoy some peace and quiet.

    2. Stop worrying about the financial situation of your children and grandchildren, and don’t feel bad spending your money on yourself. You’ve taken care of them for many years, and you’ve taught them what you could. You gave them an education, food, shelter and support. The responsibility is now theirs to earn their own money.

    3. Keep a healthy life, without great physical effort. Do moderate exercise (like walking every day), eat well and get your sleep. It’s easy to become sick, and it gets harder to remain healthy. That is why you need to keep yourself in good shape and be aware of your medical and physical needs. Keep in touch with your doctor, do tests even when you’re feeling well. Stay informed.

    4. Always buy the best, most beautiful items for your significant other. The key goal is to enjoy your money with your partner. One day one of you will miss the other, and the money will not provide any comfort then, enjoy it together

    5. Don’t stress over the little things. Like paying a little extra on price quotes. You’ve already overcome so much in your life.You have good memories and bad ones, but the important thing is the present. Don’t let the past drag you down and don’t let the future frighten you. Feel good in the now. Small issues will soon be forgotten.

    6. Regardless of age, always keep love alive. Love your partner, love life, love your family, love your neighbor and remember: “A man is not old as long as he has intelligence and affection.”

    7. Be proud, both inside and out. Don’t stop going to your hair salon or barber, do your nails, go to the dermatologist and the dentist, keep your perfumes and creams well stocked. When you are well-maintained on the outside, it seeps in, making you feel proud and strong.

    8. Don’t lose sight of fashion trends for your age, but keep your own sense of style. There’s nothing worse than an older person trying to wear the current fashion among youngsters. You’ve developed your own sense of what looks good on you – keep it and be proud of it. It’s part of who you are.

    9. ALWAYS stay up-to-date. Read newspapers, watch the news. Go online and read what people are saying. Make sure you have an active email account and try to use some of those social networks. You’ll be surprised what old friends you’ll meet. Keeping in touch with what is going on and with the people you know is important at any age.

    10. Respect the younger generation and their opinions. They may not have the same ideals as you, but they are the future, and will take the world in their direction. Give advice, not criticism, and try to remind them that yesterday’s wisdom still applies today.

    11. Never use the phrase: “In my time.” Your time is now. As long as you’re alive, you are part of this time. You may have been younger, but you are still you now, having fun and enjoying life.

    12. Some people embrace their golden years, while others become bitter and surly. Life is too short to waste your days on the latter. Spend your time with positive, cheerful people, it’ll rub off on you and your days will seem that much better. Spending your time with bitter people will make you older and harder to be around.

    13. Do not surrender to the temptation of living with your children or grandchildren (if you have a financial choice, that is). Sure, being surrounded by family sounds great, but we all need our privacy. They need theirs and you need yours. If you’ve lost your partner (our deepest condolences), then find a person to move in with you and help out. Even then, do so only if you feel you really need the help or do not want to live alone.

    14. Don’t abandon your hobbies. If you don’t have any, make new ones. You can travel, hike, cook, read, dance. You can adopt a cat or a dog, grow a garden, play cards, checkers, chess, dominoes, golf. You can paint, volunteer or just collect certain items. Find something you like and spend some real time having fun with it.

    15. Even if you don’t feel like it, try to accept invitations. Baptisms, graduations, birthdays, weddings, conferences. Try to go. Get out of the house, meet people you haven’t seen in a while, experience something new (or something old). But don’t get upset when you’re not invited. Some events are limited by resources, and not everyone can be hosted. The important thing is to leave the house from time to time. Go to museums, go walk through a field. Get out there.

    16. Be a conversationalist. Talk less and listen more. Some people go on and on about the past, not caring if their listeners are really interested. That’s a great way of reducing their desire to speak with you. Listen first and answer questions, but don’t go off into long stories unless asked to. Speak in courteous tones and try not to complain or criticize too much unless you really need to. Try to accept situations as they are. Everyone is going through the same things, and people have a low tolerance for hearing complaints. Always find some good things to say as well.

    17. Pain and discomfort go hand in hand with getting older. Try not to dwell on them but accept them as a part of the cycle of life we’re all going through. Try to minimize them in your mind. They are not who you are, they are something that life added to you. If they become your entire focus, you lose sight of the person you used to be.

    18. If you’ve been offended by someone – forgive them. If you’ve offended someone - apologize. Don’t drag around resentment with you. It only serves to make you sad and bitter. It doesn’t matter who was right. Someone once said: “Holding a grudge is like taking poison and expecting the other person to die.” Don’t take that poison. Forgive, forget and move on with your life.

    19. If you have a strong belief, savor it. But don’t waste your time trying to convince others. They will make their own choices no matter what you tell them, and it will only bring you frustration. Live your faith and set an example. Live true to your beliefs and let that memory sway them.

    20. Laugh. Laugh A LOT. Laugh at everything. Remember, you are one of the lucky ones. You managed to have a life, a long one. Many never get to this age, never get to experience a full life. But you did. So what’s not to laugh about? Find the humor in your situation.

    21. Take no notice of what others say about you and even less notice of what they might be thinking. They’ll do it anyway, and you should have pride in yourself and what you’ve achieved. Let them talk and don’t worry. They have no idea about your history, your memories and the life you’ve lived so far. There’s still much to be written, so get busy writing and don’t waste time thinking about what others might think. Now is the time to be at rest, at peace and as happy as you can be!

    REMEMBER: “Life is too short to drink bad wine and warm beer.”
     
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    My mom to my friend about to have her first baby.

    "Well, it aint so sweet coming out, as it was going in."

    I bet it helped a lot as she was a bit scared...
     
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    The 7 P’s - proper prior planning prevents piss poor performance. If you turned your brains into gasoline, you couldn’t drive a piss-ants motorcycle half way around a BB. Those phrases were fairly common around my neck of the woods growing up and depending on who said them - you made an abrupt 180* correction in whatever you were doing at the time.:1:

    The one thing our Father taught us boys was - you’re only as good as your word. When a man says “you got my word on that” and shakes your hand - That’s as good as it gets in my book.
     
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    Ladies and gents, these are all fantastic!
     
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    My company commander in Navy boot said “Assumptions are the mother of all f*#k ups” that one stuck with me
     
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    This is a motto of mine. Not quite sure where I picked it up, but I live by it every day....

    'I'd rather be hated for telling the truth, than loved for telling a lie'

    From my dad, "if you're going to be stupid you better be tough or rich. One way or the other, you're going to pay for your stupidity with pain or with cash".

    And this one is an oldie but a goodie, "better to be believed a fool, than to open your mouth and prove it".
     
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    Thats why the young man should be wise like snakes and soak up every old timers knowledge good, bad, or indifferent.
     
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    From a youngin to others.

    - The superior man is on a mission. If you have no mission......get one.

    - Everything is a test- Do not fail.

    - All that you sow you shall reap.

    - One should see themselves in every living thing and see that living thing in themselves.

    - Until you hear the cry of every blade of grass and every ant. Until you truly feel it as it is you. You will never be one with Nature.

    - When the mountains crumble and the water runs dry, man will learn he can not eat money.

    - You are the thing that makes all the difference.

    - At some point or another, everyone must let go of the senses.
     
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    Never be a prisoner of your past. It was just a life lesson, not a life sentence.
     
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    Youd think with all the walks of life, tribulations, different experts, myriad of talents, and various generations this would be exploding with knowledge turned into wisdom.
     
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    That reminds me of this..." It's not truly lost untill momma can't find it "... Truer words don't exist along this plane of reality.
     
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    Lesson's from my dad:

    "Never do for yourself what you can get other's to do for you."
    (It's actually about running a business)

    "As long as you know they don't know, say anything you want."


    OK maybe not all fatherly advice is fit to be passed along.
     
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    Never ASSUME anything. That just makes an ASS of U and ME.

    Never argue with an idiot. They will only drag you down to their level and beat you with experience.

    If you aim at nothing, you will hit it.

    Never borrow anything unless you have to. If you do, always return it better than you got it.

    Don't discuss religion or politics in general company.
     
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    If you come to a fork in the road, take it.

    Yogi.
     
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    Staleym Dunadan of Cascadia One of the Free People Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    I would hazard a guess that you organize your world by sight (every thing looks just right) and your wife organizes hers by touch (she has things well in hand). I and my wife are the reverse. Kinda hard to believe we're coming up on or 48th anniversary together!
     
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    A few more:

    "Look better naked".
    A spin class teacher would say that one all the time. It was good motivation and a good goal to have. Looking better naked implies that you are healthier. Women (we will assume you are a man to make it simple) like healthier men. It's hard to define what that means in words. You can lose weight, bulk up, lift this, run that, and so on and while those may be worthwhile goals, what is the point if you don't look better naked?

    And if you need a second reason to be in reasonable shape my sister has one: "Be considerate of your partner." This applies to people who blow up like a tick on Drucala once they are married.
     
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    Staleym Dunadan of Cascadia One of the Free People Supporter Bushcraft Friend

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    Here are some of mine some of others I like and some are so widely distributed, I eon't know who to attribute them to,]

    "Reality is thermoplastic, not thermosetting." - Me
    "Crying won't help you and praying won't do you no good. When the Levee breaks, Momma, you got to move!" - Led Zeppelin (Note: NOT a commentary of the efficacy of prayer. Corollary to "God helps those that help themselves".)
    "Just because something can be done, does not mean it should be done." - to common to know.
    "For every complex problem there is an answer that is clear, simple, and wrong." - H. L. Mencken
     
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