In Others’ Words: A Bit of Advice

Advice and success 2.24.14 Ah, advice.

We love giving others advice — often with a “take it or leave it” qualifier.

But when it comes to hearing and accepting advice from someone else? That’s not always so easy, is it?

Maybe I’m the only one with the virtual deflector shields of “I know what I’m doing” and “I can figure this out on my own.”

But then there’s the truth: Plans fail for lack of counsel, but with many advisors they succeed. (Proverbs 15:22 NIV)

Advice, a.k.a. counsel, can be a good thing. Our failures — and the wisdom we glean from them — can often lead to both our future success. And others’ success too.

In Your Words: It’s Monday. And I’ve learned enough from all of you to know that you’re wise. So today, please share some advice — truth, wise counsel — that you’ve given others because of a lesson you’ve learned. 

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  1. February 24, 2014, 6:29 am   /  Reply

    Boy, is that one a keeper. I counsel/encourage others w/ more grace-filled advice than I give myself, and sometimes stop and think, “What would I tell a student or acquaintance in this same circumstance?” And that helps add objectivity.

    • February 24, 2014, 10:33 am   /  Reply

      So true, Dee.
      I am often more gracious to others than I am with myself …

  2. February 24, 2014, 7:40 am   /  Reply

    This is awesome, Beth. I am REALLY good at giving advice to others and then turning around and not taking it myself. LOL! One of the things I like to tell friends is to hope big and trust God that his dream is even bigger than yours. And yet, sometimes I’m the first one to doubt that in my own life. I’ll find myself holding back, just a little bit…so, dude, Melissa, listen to your own words. 🙂

    • February 24, 2014, 10:35 am   /  Reply

      Great advice, Melissa: hope big and trust God that his dream is even bigger than yours.

  3. February 24, 2014, 7:44 am   /  Reply

    Wash your hands thoroughly after getting into poison oak.

    Especially before ‘using the facilities’.

    Also, don’t try driving forward on the freeway using your rearview mirrors as your sole visual reference. It sounds like it would work on a straight stretch of road.

    It doesn’t.

    • February 24, 2014, 10:36 am   /  Reply

      Ah, the dreaded poison oak.
      An addendum: And if you are burning the underbrush (where poison oak might be lurking) don’t stand upwind of the smoke.

      Your other bit of advice … yeah, I’ll let that one stand as is.

  4. February 24, 2014, 9:26 am   /  Reply

    If you really hate winter then either move further south or shut up and learn to live with it. Stop complaining about it!
    This advice from a Michigander transplanted to Texas. 😉

    • February 24, 2014, 10:38 am   /  Reply

      Nodding my head.
      ~Transplanted East coaster, who has learned to embrace — even brag on — all the vagaries of Colorado weather.

  5. February 24, 2014, 11:20 am   /  Reply

    Beth, I like today’s quote. “The best way to succeed in life is to act on the advice we give to others.” So many times we give great advice but end up not following it ourselves. The wisdom God gives us can be partially used by sharing it with others OR acting upon it ourselves. But it can be fully used if we do both: share it AND follow it.

    So, my advice today is to listen to the advice you give others… and then act on it yourself. People learn best by seeing an example anyway, for the most part, so living out your advice for others to see visually might increase the impact of giving that advice.


  6. February 24, 2014, 12:04 pm   /  Reply

    Great words this Monday morning, Beth. The number one piece of advice I give is to FORGIVE people who hurt you. Because I’ve experienced the wonderful freedom that forgiveness provides, I know how much it allows us to fully live a full life of love and service to God.

    • February 26, 2014, 12:21 pm   /  Reply

      So true, Donna! I’ve found the same freedom when I release my anger. I finally realized that anger poisons my life but does absolutely nothing to the person or circumstances. What freedom to leave the situation in God’s hands.

  7. March 2, 2014, 9:31 pm   /  Reply

    So true, Beth. So, so, so true.

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