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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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7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

7 Powerful Questions To Find Out What You Want To Do With Your Life

What do I want to do with my life? It’s a question all of us think about at one point or another.

For some, the answer comes easily. For others, it takes a lifetime to figure out.

It’s easy to just go through the motions and continue to do what’s comfortable and familiar. But for those of you who seek fulfillment, who want to do more, these questions will help you paint a clearer picture of what you want to do with your life.

1. What are the things I’m most passionate about?

The first step to living a more fulfilling life is to think about the things that you’re passionate about.

What do you love? What fulfills you? What “work” do you do that doesn’t feel like work? Maybe you enjoy writing, maybe you love working with animals or maybe you have a knack for photography.

The point is, figure out what you love doing, then do more of it.

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2. What are my greatest accomplishments in life so far?

Think about your past experiences and the things in your life you’re most proud of.

How did those accomplishments make you feel? Pretty darn good, right? So why not try and emulate those experiences and feelings?

If you ran a marathon once and loved the feeling you had afterwards, start training for another one. If your child grew up to be a star athlete or musician because of your teachings, then be a coach or mentor for other kids.

Continue to do the things that have been most fulfilling for you.

3. If my life had absolutely no limits, what would I choose to have and what would I choose to do?

Here’s a cool exercise: Think about what you would do if you had no limits.

If you had all the money and time in the world, where would you go? What would you do? Who would you spend time with?

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These answers can help you figure out what you want to do with your life. It doesn’t mean you need millions of dollars to be happy though.

What it does mean is answering these questions will help you set goals to reach certain milestones and create a path toward happiness and fulfillment. Which leads to our next question …

4. What are my goals in life?

Goals are a necessary component to set you up for a happy future. So answer these questions:

Once you figure out the answers to each of these, you’ll have a much better idea of what you should do with your life.

5. Whom do I admire most in the world?

Following the path of successful people can set you up for success.

Think about the people you respect and admire most. What are their best qualities? Why do you respect them? What can you learn from them?

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You’re the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.[1] So don’t waste your time with people who hold you back from achieving your dreams.

Spend more time with happy, successful, optimistic people and you’ll become one of them.

6. What do I not like to do?

An important part of figuring out what you want to do with your life is honestly assessing what you don’t want to do.

What are the things you despise? What bugs you the most about your current job?

Maybe you hate meetings even though you sit through 6 hours of them every day. If that’s the case, find a job where you can work more independently.

The point is, if you want something to change in your life, you need to take action. Which leads to our final question …

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7. How hard am I willing to work to get what I want?

Great accomplishments never come easy. If you want to do great things with your life, you’re going to have to make a great effort. That will probably mean putting in more hours the average person, getting outside your comfort zone and learning as much as you can to achieve as much as you can.

But here’s the cool part: it’s often the journey that is the most fulfilling part. It’s during these seemingly small, insignificant moments that you’ll often find that “aha” moments that helps you answer the question,

“What do I want to do with my life?”

So take the first step toward improving your life. You won’t regret it.

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