What Unusual Advice Changed Your Life For The Better?

In a world full of advice, it's hard to tell what's good and what isn't. Despite how strange ideas may seem, they can be some of the best. What bizarre, unusual or seemingly pointless advice have you received that actually changed your life for the better?

Photo by Kristine Konruff.

Redditor TheseAreShapes took an unusual liking to this quote from Michael Scott (fictional character on The Office):

One of the best Michael Scott quotes that has served me well: "Everybody likes the guy who offers them a stuck of gum."

I always have gum on me because as a frequent coffee drinker, I have coffee breath often. I have followed this advice and it really does work.

Obviously that doesn't mean start handing out gum in a situation that doesn't call for it. You have to play it by ear when it would be a good time to offer.

This works well on first impressions as well, as the person you give gum to gets the impression that you are a generous person and have made their day somewhat better.

How about you?

One of the best Michael Scott quotes that has served me well [Reddit]


    Oh man, I have so many. One of the most compelling that really had an impact on me this year was this: there's no point in trying to be super-organised. It will just stress you out and make you depressed over how you can't seem to be able to do something so seemingly simple. Just be organised enough to make it through each day without tearing your hair out.

    When I was about 15, my dad offered me two pieces of advice:

    1 Always shave upwards
    2. Never marry a girl just because you got her pregnant.

    I've always followed the first piece advice; the second one may just have been given due to a combination of alcohol consumption and melancholia.

      Always shave upwards

      You're doing it wrong

    "This too shall pass"
    I think I read this in Frank Herbert's "Dune" which makes sense because he based a lot of it in the cultures of ancient Persia and other Islamic countries where the quote apparently came from.
    This quote or meme as it has become now, has gotten me through a lot of tough times, particularly when I was in the Army.

    Doctor telling me to get a gameboy because my had muscles were weak at age 8. Ever since I have been connected to a computer device, thus the industry I am now in.

    Two in the pink and one in the stink

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