Today I want to talk about some of the best advice I have been given when I was growing up.
“Do your best.”
I was lucky growing up. My parents supported everything that I wanted to do. They let me try different things. They helped me experience new activities which allowed me to find out quite early the things that I really enjoyed doing.
Of course not everyone is good at everything and I remember my mom saying all the time. “Hannah, just do your best” It was really helpful. There was no pressure.
Even when you find something you truly enjoy it can be very difficult at times. Nothing’s easy. You have to work hard for the things you want.
But i think. Hands down this next one is the most influential piece of advice I’ve been given.
“Is it the end of the world?”
My answer to that question is always “no”. However I do tend to take everything very seriously. I treat everything seriously, if its not perfect then why am I doing it? Which is a very silly attitude to have. The point of doing something is to make mistakes, then learn from then.
During the conversation with the person who gave me this advice. They asked me. “If you don’t perfectly finish something, is it the end of the world?” No of course it isn’t. Will it bother me if it’s not perfect? Yes. Will I stress out about it? Yes. Should it stop me from trying? No.
This person told me to not let perfection get in the way of actually doing things and being productive. If you make a mistake or it’s not perfect, that’s okay. Nothings perfect. And most importantly if you make a mistake it’s not the end of the world. You can get back up and try again.
I found it really useful. It really helped to ‘be okay’ with making mistakes. It allowed me to accept that even if you make a mistake you can just try again the next day. It’s okay.
What are some of the best pieces of advice you’ve been given? How have they impacted your life?