Principle / Advice you remember from childhood

A tweet (a question) from Hunter Walk @hunterwalk got some great responses.  I  felt the need for the answers/ responses to be captured for better readability.


Some responses to above

Most people spend their lives trying to find and collect golden eggs. Few people learn how to be the goose that lays the golden egg. Be the goose, and you’ll never need to worry.  …. @IAmMarkManson

Go the extra mile it’s never crowded …. @briannekimmel

Russian variation on no free lunches (also via dad): “Only free cheese is in a mousetrap” …. @baskind

When all is said and done, more is said than done. Do more than you say … @joshk

“Your lack of planning is not my emergency.” …. @couch

“Don’t start digging your well on the day you need water” … @gpthakkar

“Never sit with your back to the door, vary your route, and always pack light.” … @crystale

Worry is interest paid on a loan you haven’t taken out.” … @McMasterDawn

Seek to understand over to be understood. … @smc90

“Someone who wants to fight you in a bar may not have much to lose since prison is: (1) someplace they have been before; and (2) not much worse than the lifestyle they have now. Do whatever you can to avoid a fight, but if it starts, don’t finish in second place.” … @trengriffin

“I’m not here to be your friend. I’m here to raise a responsible, self sustaining good adult. Liking me is optional”. Best parenting advice ever, i use that reminder all the time with raising my son. …. @jasoncoxADD

“Feeling gratitude and not expressing it is like wrapping a present and not giving it” this has been really helpful in SV where the culture is to pay it forward but surprisingly not as common to follow up with a thank you.  ….

An easy childhood is the worst preparation for adulthood …..

Also, not from my parents but from work: Watch what people do, not what they say. …..

“You don’t have to be everyone’s best friend, but you do have to be nice to everyone” ….

“You can do a lot more if you have good credit.” ….

No matter how smart or talented you are, if you don’t learn to work hard you won’t ever be as successful as you want to be ….

He who does the most work has the most influence ….

dad on making good friends: Don’t ‘follow’ people going nowhere if you don’t want to end up ‘nowhere’. …..

One doesn’t have to know how to build a pyramid to be the pharaoh …..

“Don’t sleep with wet hair, you will catch a cold”. …..

My dad compared the toilette with life. “Don’t be a bystander in your life, you should pee in the middle and not on the side” …..

Swing hard in case you hit it. ….

Judge a persons character based on how they treat people who can’t do anything for them. …

You have freedom of choice, not freedom from choice ….

“With great privilege comes great responsibility” (usually preceded or followed by a reminder of all we had – education, food on the table, a place to live, a loving family, etc). ….

“Sometimes it’s better to ask for forgiveness than permission.” ….

“Worrying is like a rocking chair, it doesn’t get you anywhere.” ….

“Wish in one bucket and spit in another, see which one fills up faster” ….

“Don’t make the wedding bigger than the marriage.” …..

“Measure twice, cut once.” …





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