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Best advice you ever received?

Posted Saturday, March 22, 2008, at 10:44 PM

What is the best advice you ever received from an unexpected source?

During the summer between my junior and senior years in high school I was working for Melson Contractors as a laborer to get in shape for football. On that particular day I was working in Pulaski on a new school.

It was miserably hot, made even worse because I was working constantly shoveling rocks and other items into a cement mixer.

Yes, I was worn out and on the verge of calling it quits when the man I was working beside, Bus Rippy, an older black man, noticed my condition and gave me some great advice..

He told me, "Don't ever quit no matter how hard it gets. Once you quit it becomes too easy to quit again and you'll never be any good."

Many times over the years when times were tough I've recalled what he told me that day and kept going.

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I'm glad you titled this "the best advice you ever received" instead of "the best advice you ever followed". That means I have an answer for you. I had a friend try and convince me several years ago that a new company called MicroSoft was going to be huge some day and that I should buy stock in it now. Glad I ignored that one........Don't know what I would of done with all that money...;>)

-- Posted by Mike Molder on Mon, Mar 24, 2008, at 7:02 AM

"It doesn't matter how much money you make, it matters how you spend the money you have." -- From the mother of my ex-fiance.

-- Posted by Mary on Mon, Mar 24, 2008, at 11:59 AM

Though not necessarily advice, this is a great thought to ponder. I used this quote in my graduation speech in front of nearly 2,500 people...

"To the world you may be one person, but to one person you may be the world."

It has stuck with me ever since.

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Mon, Mar 24, 2008, at 3:51 PM

"Pillage,THEN burn"- from a gaming T-shirt.

It may not be the best advice I've ever gotten (that might reveal too much about the lessons I've required) but it reminds me to think about what I'm doing,what the task requires and what I hope to gain from doing it.

Some things just aren't worth doing and a lot of the ones that are can be wrecked by taking them on with the wrong attitude.

You miss out on a lot of treasure (not counting doing nasty things to one's alignment) if all you focus on is "winning" or inflicting damage.

-- Posted by quantumcat on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 7:08 AM

From my mother not to marry my ex-husband, needless to say.........should have listened to mom. Now if I can just convince my children of that same thing.....

-- Posted by titansfan on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 8:41 AM


My mom told me the same thing and I didn't listen either! What was I thinkin?

-- Posted by Disgusted on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 9:48 AM

My grandmother told me this one when I was pregnant - "Using whatever name you have picked our for your child, go to the back door, yell it at the top of your lungs for about 2 minutes, since you are going to spend a lot of years doing this very thing, and if you still like it and don't feel like an idiot, then it's ok to give that name to your child" She was a really smart lady!!

-- Posted by SoldierMom on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 10:19 AM

James Taylor: The secret of life is enjoying the passing of time.

We spend so much time looking for what life really means that we miss it, and the secret is different for so many people. As Faith Hill sang,

"The secret of life is a good cup of coffee. The secret of life is keep your eye on the ball. The secret of life is a beautiful woman...the secret of life is in Sam's martinis. The secret of life is in Marilyn's eyes. The secret of life is in Monday Night Football, Rolling Stones records and Mom's apple pie..The secret of life is gettin' up early. The secret of life is stayin' up late. The secret of life is try not to hurry...The secret of life is nothing at all."

Songs can be so inspirational and mean so much to different people that to me, in their words, they contain the secrets of life.

-- Posted by phoenix_rising on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 12:56 PM


Boy that's the truth. We got a new puppy a few weeks ago, my daughter for some odd reason wanted to name it bugger. I told her there was no way I would go outside and call out Bugger for our neighbors to hear.

-- Posted by Disgusted on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 2:09 PM

Disgusted, lol my sister has a cat named Booger! Not that she has to go outside and yell it b/c it's an indoor cat.

-- Posted by LauraSFT on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 3:02 PM

Disgusted and Laura

Sometimes when I read names in the paper, I can tell that some of those folks would have benefited from knowing my grandma! lol

-- Posted by SoldierMom on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 4:15 PM

LOL, SoldierMom that is hilarious!!

-- Posted by darrick_04 on Tue, Mar 25, 2008, at 8:55 PM

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Bo Melson is a retired sports and police beat editor of the Times-Gazette. He passed away November 15, 2014, at age 81.
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