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Just had a coffee with a friend and we were chucking about some seriously dangerous advice we'd received in an earlier meeting, we then moved onto some better advice we received.  The two I think back on and were the best I'd received are:

- "If you can't afford it in spare cash and it's not a house then you can't afford it." 
Army training, our sergeant had all in the gym hall explaining that we're all grown up little boys now and will be getting a pay packet each month. He then explained that most single squaddies are skint by the middle of a month having blown all their money on idiot stuff and maxed their credit cards.  Like virtually everyone else in the room I ignored him and it took until the early part of this decade, and into my 40s, for that lesson to truly sink in.

- "If you're a manager and your staff stop asking 'why?' on decisions then you're either an unapproachable idiot or you're an incompetent idiot".
My old boss on our induction course as line managers. Again, this one took time to sink in but I have done my best to adopt it.  I now believe it's the best advice I could ever give an aspiring manager, it sets a warning flag on behaviour and it's a persistent reminder that a manager's main duty is to the people in their service.

Any of yours you'd like to share?

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" - Mark Twain

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Just now, Shadow said:

Always pee before you apply Deep Heat

Never trust your underwear and Deep Heat unsupervised in a rugby changing room.

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“Travel is fatal to prejudice, bigotry, and narrow-mindedness, and many of our people need it sorely on these accounts. Broad, wholesome, charitable views of men and things cannot be acquired by vegetating in one little corner of the earth all one's lifetime" - Mark Twain

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My old engineering science teacher in high school.

“Just keep the pencil moving and the answer will appear”

I’ve applied that advice to most of my endeavours.

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Write the email, don't send the email.

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Build a man a fire, and he'll be warm for a day. Set a man on fire, and he'll be warm for the rest of his life. (Terry Pratchett)

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During a debate or discussion always remember to pee. 

P: make your point. 

E: present evidence that backs up your point. 

E: explain why that evidence is relevant to your point. 

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1 hour ago, The Hallucinating Goose said:

During a debate or discussion always remember to pee. 

P: make your point. 

E: present evidence that backs up your point. 

E: explain why that evidence is relevant to your point. 

I'll add to that:

 

L: Link it back to the original point to make sure that the person remembers what the discussions about.

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Before playing my 1st open age game of league , father said get your elbows up , good advice as it turned out .

 

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I have posted this before.

My father in law said to me when I was first married.

"Always remember that the man who invented decorating wants fukcnig  and the man invented fukcnig wants decorating" 

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On one of my expeditions, in the middle of the jungle in Bolivia a friend said to me “when you get home take up salsa dancing”. I did scoff at the time but thought I’d try it anyway when I got back. I met my wife there, so that was bang on advice. 

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I tell my nieces n nephews starting exams now to sit and read all the questions first and do it again ... it’ll stop you thinking your finished when there were some on the back like some idiot did .

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In my mid teens, before it had become relevant to me I was given this gem, by my mother of all people.

”Men look utterly ridiculous in socks and no trousers.   When the time arrives that you are naked in the presence of a girl, for God’s sake take your socks off first”

 

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English, Irish, Brit, Yorkshire, European.  Citizen of the People's Republic of Yorkshire, the Republic of Ireland, the United Kingdom and the European Union.  Critical of all it.  Proud of all it.    

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Treat others as you would wish to be treated yourself. (my late father)

Don't follow the ball, let the ball come to you. (a sports photographer on sports photography)

Make sure you marry someone who can keep you in the style to which you've become accustomed. (my late grandfather, a man of his generation!)

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"Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it." 

Advice I received from some lad in Chicago in the mid 80's. If only I could remember his name. 😉


2014 Challenged Cup Winner

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Don't sh*t on your own doorstep, work's in numerous ways I have found😎

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Nobody in our family had ever been to university and but I was toying with the idea. A family friend simply said

"If you don't go, you'll never know. If you do go and don't like it, just come back but at least then you'll know"

Genius! Off I went and never looked back.

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I don't know who said "treat everyday as your last" but I cant keep doing 40 fags, a bottle of jack daniels and 3 high class escorts much longer!!!!!!!!!!

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the grass may be greener on the other side of the fence but the crows are just as black

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Spend a bit extra on comfortable shoes and a good bed because if you're not in one you're in the other.  (My mum's advice when I started work in 1972)

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That dawning realisation that politicians are worse than the Mafia

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"If you can't respect the person, respect the position."

Advice given to me on my first ever day at work by a direct manager who hated every person above him and boy at British Aerospace the was a lot of people above him in the pecking order to hate!

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Stop smoking.... .whack...whack....whack...(six of the best) 

Wise words (and painful deeds) from my dad in 1959 when I was 13 after my mum found my ciggies in my school blazer. 

I stopped smoking from that moment on. 


Four legs good - two legs bad

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If they're offering a simple solution or a definite cure, they're either lying, trying to make money off you, or both.

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My first boss:

"If you want something doing properly, f****** do it yourself"


"I am the avenging angel; I come with wings unfurled, I come with claws extended from halfway round the world. I am the God Almighty, I am the howling wind. I care not for your family; I care not for your kin. I come in search of terror, though terror is my own; I come in search of vengeance for crimes and crimes unknown. I care not for your children, I care not for your wives, I care not for your country, I care not for your lives." - (c) Jim Boyes - "The Avenging Angel"

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My Dad once said, "If everyone stuck their hands in a fire, would you?" Sounds daft really but in the context of the conversation he simply meant don't do something just because everyone else does as what everyone else is doing could be dangerous.  That piece of advice has saved me from so many scrapes and potentially serious consequences down the years!

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