The Best Advice I’ve Received

Sometimes folks share advice. Other times, someone will just say something, and it unintentionally sticks with us. Either way, the right advice at the right time, can really make a positive effect on our lives.

The following are the best pieces of advice I’ve received:

  • Do the best you can, with what you have, where you are.
    • Anxiety comes from worrying more about the future, or the past, than the present. It’s helpful to learn from the past, or plan for the future. However, when action needs to be taken, you can’t sit there and not do anything for too long. At some point after going in circles in your head, you have to take a deep breath, figure out what you can do with what you have, where you are. It’s all you can expect of yourself.
  • No one owes you anything, and you don’t owe anyone anything.
    • My dad told me this, years ago, and it really stuck. He was explaining that when you do something nice for someone, you do it because it’s the nice thing to do, not because you expect anything in return. Also, it’s natural to want to return the favor when someone is nice to us, but in the same regard, it’s awesome they were nice to us, but it doesn’t put us in their debt.
  • Don’t be lazy.
    • This was a sleeper for me. A friend said it to me in a random situation, but I found myself repeating it in my head in random situations. When I walk by a piece of trash, sometime’s I’ll quickly think “should I pick that up?” The next thought is often “don’t be lazy.”There are many other examples of when such a simple phrase is applicable. Easier said than done, especially in certain situations, but still a good one.
  • If your shit is good, people will notice.
    • Pardon the language, but this is another simple, awesome phrase I try to remember. I’ve seen and read many versions of it, but while reading an article written by Travis Jensen (dope San Francisco photographer), it stuck out to me. I was thinking about the FM Brand while clicking around for photography inspiration, and came across that line. I sometimes find myself comparing my brand, or my art, or my accomplishments, to others. It’s so easy to start to concern yourself with others’ accomplishments, and why they have what you don’t have. This quote reminds me to stop worrying about other people, and do me. If I stay true to myself, improve whenever possible, and work hard, my work will get noticed.

These phrases/concepts have had a lasting effect on me, and I’m thankful for the wisdom.

Isaac

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