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30 Precious Bits of Life Advice From 100-Year-Olds

30 Precious Bits of Life Advice From 100-Year-Olds

I have been doing a lot of traveling, trying to gain some new experiences and spark my creative juices in the process. Traveling offers you learning. Moreover, you tend to meet several people who you can learn from and inspire you with their life advice.

I have found great insights from intellectuals but these days I have decided to get closer to the experienced folks. Centenarians have been here for so long that they must have made some mistakes and important choices that have sustained them so far. At least they could share their humor and excitement with me. Truthfully, many older folks love being around us younger ones. I really wish many younger people tried to tilt their associations to such older ones because they do have so many relevant points of advice to offer.

How would you love to get some insights which I have been able to garner from different centenarians through my travels and many discussions. I wouldn’t say I didn’t eavesdrop to get some. Regardless of which way I gained this secret information, I think you could learn so much from these quotes. They will certainly help improve your life while you still have the chance to make a change.

On Career

1. “You cannot go too far without passion. Find something you are passionate about and pursue it.”

2. “You cannot achieve much when you are stuck. Unleash yourself. Learn a new skill. Unravel your environment and discover new terrains.”

3. “Seek freedom and opportunity rather than a job and security.”

4. “Invest or learn how to save. You never know what protection these things may provide to you.”

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5. “There should be no need to retire if you have pursued the right career. However, if it is necessary, do it after the age of 70.”

On Relationships

6. “Fall in love as much as you can. It is difficult to simply give up on it. How many other things are as formidable as love, that you can hold onto?”

7. “You should be proud of everything you fall in love with.”

8. “Your relationships are vital to who you will become. Learn to develop the right relationships.”

9. “You are going to meet a lot of people and some of them will be totally opposite to who you are. You cannot avoid everyone, so learn to be tolerant.”

10. “Marry for love. That is the only sensible thing that could keep two different people together.”

11. “Have a good wife, lots of friends, a good appetite, and be busy.”

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On Living

12. “Be yourself. You cannot make it through to my age living another person’s life.”

13. “Travel. I have been to a lot of places and it kept my mindset open to new adventures and experiences. Maybe this is why I do not have Alzheimer’s yet.”

14. “Laugh. There is no point in taking life too seriously!”

15. “Whatever life throws at you, respond to it, and never react to it.”

16. “Forgive yourself and everyone around you.”

17. “You should be religious or partake in something religiously.”

18. “Don’t be cheap.”

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19. “Take it easy. Many of my friends are gone because they just wanted it all too early.”

20. “People tend to mistake satisfaction for happiness and happiness for satisfaction. You may not be happy all the time, but you can learn to always be satisfied.”

21. “Believe in yourself. Such belief can propel you to unbelievable heights.”

22. “You can never underestimate the power of luck.”

23. “You can never believe how far you will go if you take steady and important steps.”

On Health

24. “A healthy lifestyle keeps you going. Your body should be your vehicle for success.”

25. “There is nothing that can be gained in worrying.”

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26. “Time has a way of healing every wound.”

27. “Be active. It keeps you alive. What is not used, rots away.”

28. “Don’t smoke, don’t drink, and don’t retire.”

29. “People don’t really value their body when they are young. When you are my age, you start understanding how important your body can be.”

30. “As you grow older, you will have more choices. However, you should consider them to be tests since you are expected to say “No” more often.

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Last Updated on August 4, 2020

The Gentle Art of Saying No For a Less Stressful Life

The Gentle Art of Saying No For a Less Stressful Life

No!

It’s a simple fact that you can never be productive if you take on too many commitments — you simply spread yourself too thin and will not be able to get anything done, at least not well or on time.

But requests for your time are coming in all the time — through phone, email, IM or in person. To stay productive, and minimize stress, you have to learn the Gentle Art of Saying No — an art that many people have problems with.

What’s so hard about saying no? Well, to start with, it can hurt, anger or disappoint the person you’re saying “no” to, and that’s not usually a fun task. Second, if you hope to work with that person in the future, you’ll want to continue to have a good relationship with that person, and saying “no” in the wrong way can jeopardize that.

But it doesn’t have to be difficult or hard on your relationship. Here’s how to master the Gentle Art of Saying No:

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1. Value Your Time

Know your commitments, and how valuable your precious time is. Then, when someone asks you to dedicate some of your time to a new commitment, you’ll know that you simply cannot do it. And tell them that: “I just can’t right now … my plate is overloaded as it is.”

2. Know Your Priorities

Even if you do have some extra time (which for many of us is rare), is this new commitment really the way you want to spend that time?

For myself, I know that more commitments means less time with my wife and kids, who are more important to me than anything.

3. Practice Saying No

Practice makes perfect. Saying “no” as often as you can is a great way to get better at it and more comfortable with saying the word. And sometimes, repeating the word is the only way to get a message through to extremely persistent people. When they keep insisting, just keep saying no. Eventually, they’ll get the message.

4. Don’t Apologize

A common way to start out is “I’m sorry but …” as people think that it sounds more polite. While politeness is important, apologizing just makes it sound weaker. You need to be firm, and unapologetic about guarding your time.

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5. Stop Being Nice

Again, it’s important to be polite, but being nice by saying yes all the time only hurts you. When you make it easy for people to grab your time (or money), they will continue to do it. But if you erect a wall, they will look for easier targets.

Show them that your time is well guarded by being firm and turning down as many requests (that are not on your top priority list) as possible.

6. Say No to Your Boss

Sometimes we feel that we have to say yes to our boss — they’re our boss, right? And if we say “no,” then we look like we can’t handle the work — at least, that’s the common reasoning.

But in fact, it’s the opposite — explain to your boss that by taking on too many commitments, you are weakening your productivity and jeopardizing your existing commitments. If your boss insists that you take on the project, go over your project or task list and ask him/her to re-prioritize, explaining that there’s only so much you can take on at one time.

7. Pre-Empting

It’s often much easier to pre-empt requests than to say “no” to them after the request has been made. If you know that requests are likely to be made, perhaps in a meeting, just say to everyone as soon as you come into the meeting,

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“Look guys, just to let you know, my week is booked full with some urgent projects and I won’t be able to take on any new requests.”

8. Get Back to You

Instead of providing an answer then and there, it’s often better to tell the person you’ll give their request some thought and get back to them. This will allow you to give it some consideration, and check your commitments and priorities. Then, if you can’t take on the request, simply tell them:

“After giving this some thought, and checking my commitments, I won’t be able to accommodate the request at this time.”

At least you gave it some consideration.

9. Maybe Later

If this is an option that you’d like to keep open, instead of just shutting the door on the person, it’s often better to just say,

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“This sounds like an interesting opportunity, but I just don’t have the time at the moment. Perhaps you could check back with me in [give a time frame].”

Next time, when they check back with you, you might have some free time on your hands.

10. It’s Not You, It’s Me

This classic dating rejection can work in other situations. Don’t be insincere about it, though. Often, the person or project is a good one, but it’s just not right for you, at least not at this time.

Simply say so — you can compliment the idea, the project, the person, the organization … but say that it’s not the right fit, or it’s not what you’re looking for at this time. Only say this if it’s true — people can sense insincerity.

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