Weekend Assignment #54: Tell us all a single piece of wisdom you've learned from personal life experience. It can be a small thing, it can be a big thing, a simple tip or trick or the most important thing you've ever learned from life. But whatever it is, you should be able to state it in one sentence. That way people will remember it easier.
Extra Credit: Tell us: Would you have listened to your own bit of advice as a teenager? Be honest, now.
I've actually got a few of these, but I'll only grace you with the most important ones. (Thank me later!)
When you screw up, admit it. This takes practice. No one likes to admit they're wrong, and very few are able to recognize when they are. Don't make excuses for your behavior, don't lie about it. You'll get more respect from everyone all around when you just 'fess up and say something like, "You know, you're right. I was wrong. I screwed up." or... "I was way out of line for making that assumption, I apologize." (Try it next time you're aware of a screwup. It blows people away.) This is not to say you should take heat for stuff you didn't do or aren't responsible for, but it takes a truly confident person to be able to admit when they've screwed something up. Think about it. Bonus points for not only admitting the wrongdoing, but for the attempt at making things right.
Never work with family or friends. It ruins relationships. Family members and friends are the first to screw you over because they assume you'll forgive them, and you usually do. What stinks is that the screwing over is usually in large proportion to your usual screwover, because they know you love them. This goes along with....
Friendly, not familar, aka "Don't Poop Where You Eat". Your best friend shouldn't be in your office/workplace, and neither should your lover/husband/wife/partner/girlfriend/boyfriend/flavor-of-the-week. I met my first husband at work. Enough said. It makes things weird. It also goes along with the increased possibility of a major screwover (see above).
Extra Credit: I never ever listened to anything an authority figure told me when I was a teenager. Ever. I still have problems with that today. (You know, the whole "Question Authority" mindset.) So, no....I probably wouldn't have listened and I can't get too terribly angry when my kids blow me off. However, I firmly believe that its a parental/old person right to be able to spew random wisdom and expect everyone to listen. I'm a 30-something parent of a teenager, therefore I feel I've earned the old person right to spew.