Frey Freyday – Advice and Wisdom

(Frey Freyday is simply a bunch of inspirational, motivational and other quotes meant to make you think, reflect, smile, even laugh a bit. Hopefully helpful, useful stuff….)

Good advice is always certain to be ignored, but that’s no reason not to give it. Agatha Christie

To profit from good advice requires more wisdom than to give it. Wilson Mizner

My mother gave lots of good advice and had a lot to say. As you get older, you realize everything she said was true. Lenny Kravitz

Good advice is something a man gives when he is too old to set a bad example. Francois de La Rochefoucauld

To think well and to consent to obey someone giving good advice are the same thing. Herodotus


 Good advice and wisdom – the quality of having experience, knowledge, and good judgment; the quality of being wise

While watching a documentary on Warren Buffett, I heard Warren Buffett’s son, Howard, say something that reminded of a piece of advice that I believe is universal and applicable to all of us at any age.

I have tried to offer this advice to my daughters, to a friend, and frankly I try to remind myself at least once a year….

Listen, no matter what weaknesses you may think you have, you have some talents, some strengths, some unique ‘things’ that you can contribute to others and ‘stuff’ with which you can build a nice life. You may be bright, talented, you may have a great personality, people like to be with you, you mayhave a sense of humor, you probably are a hard worker, and you have a huge potential- probably more than you realize. In many ways, we all easily forget that the future is open wide.

As I’ve tried to explain to my daughters, as I try to remind myself; make sure about one thing; Define the life that you want. Create a vision for YOUR life. Only you can find that. You’ll get feedback, good and bad, from friends, family, society, even parent. Some of those people only know their own world. Some are fearful and protective of you. Some of us may not even understand your vision. But ultimately it is you who will live your life and you are the one who will live with the consequences, good or bad. (by the way, it is never too late to create a vision for your life!)

Whether you live by someone else’s rules and expectations, or whether you create your own vision and follow your own path, someday you’ll be older and look back upon your life. At that point you will either be very satisfied with your life or partially or completely dissatisfied. I’m not super old but when I look back, there are choices that I made because I worried what other people thought – and I’m not totally satisfied with those things. There are other choices where I am satisfied and I feel at peace. A large number of people in the world look back on their lives with regret because they did (or didn’t) do something because of someone’s opinion/ideas/whatever.

Also, another great piece of advice; In baseball, perfection is referred to as batting 1000. I don’t expect anyone to, or want you to try to bat 1000. No one should expect to be perfect – in fact I hope that more of us do fail a little, and what I mean by that I hope that more of us are willing to take chances! Take sensible risks! You can’t satisfy everyone, so that’s futile. Take risks and don’t be afraid to fail and you will learn and grow in your failures more than most of your successes. Be at peace with making a mistake, be at peace with taking a risk, be at peace with others disagreeing with you and let go of the concern of others opinions. I try to remember that each day.

If you think about what humans can do and be, if we’re bold and focuses, it is exciting.

With love,

Frey Freyday was actually born out of something I created called “Words To Live By” (WTLB). Going forward, I will now not only share the quotes, as you may be used to receiving, but also a related (WTLB). In 1999, when we had our first daughter, I was contemplating how I would raise my new beautiful child, and I was thinking about how I can best educate her and my other children about values, morals, and other key thoughts about life. School offers education. Religion offers some values and morals. Parents offer most of it, sometimes intentionally, sometimes accidentally.

So I created a (WTLB) book, like a dictionary, which lists things like honesty, love, persistence, etc. with a definition that I created, with my wife’s input. I then turned it into a workbook with one word per page and space below for notes. For years we would discuss with my two daughters and they would draw pictures and make notes in the blank space. I may share some of those images with you. As they got older, they were less inclined to draw and more open to quotes and references from adults, hence where Frey Freyday came from….

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