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Keep your mouth shut and don’t volunteer. 

If you want your kid to be smarter, teach them to read as early as possible and install in them a love for books. 

Always tell a child who is wearing a helmet how cool their helmet is, so they will have a habit of wearing them. 

When you sign up for anything, you could put the website’s name as your middle name.

When you don’t have all the facts, try to give people the most generous reason you can for their behavior. Annoyingly slow driver? Maybe it’s a mom with a birthday cake in the back. This mindset will gradually make you less reactive, more compassionate and more forgiving of your own bad days.

Just because you did something wrong in the past, doesn’t mean you can’t advocate against it now. It doesn’t make you a hypocrite. You grew. Don’t let people use your past to invalidate your current mindset. Growth is a concept. Embrace it.

Do not try to be the man your father would want you to be. Be the man you would like your son to be. It more clearly defines your own convictions, desires, goals, and motivates you to be your best.

If a friend or a family member gets diagnosed with dementia or Alzheimer’s, in the early stages try to find out what their favorite songs of all time are. In this way, you would be able to create a playlist for them that could be of great benefit in the later stages of the disease.

Don’t use your child’s embarrassing stories as dinner party talk. They are your child’s personal memories and humiliating them for a laugh isn’t cool.

In college, it is much better to be friends with the people who have the party house than it is to live at the party house.

When a friend is upset, ask them one simple question before saying anything else: ‘Do you want to talk about it or do you want to be distracted from it?’

If you like one song by an artist, but don’t dig the rest of their stuff. find out who the producer is and see what other work they’ve done. The producer can play a big role in how the final song turns out.

If someone slights/insults you publicly during a meeting, pretend like you didn’t hear them the first time and politely ask them to repeat themself. They’ll either double down & repeat the insult again, making them look rude & unprofessional. Or they’ll realize their mistake & apologize to you.

After a bad breakup, do 10 things that your ex would never do with you. You’ll feel better and realize how much of yourself was being held back.

Pay Attention to the smell of your home when you come back from a trip – that’s what it smells like to guests all the time, you just get used to it.

If you ever forget your WiFi password or you want to get your school WiFi password etc. Just type this command into the command line of a computer already connected to that WiFi: netsh wlan show profile WiFi-name key=clear

Installing a lift-kit? For the love of god, adjust the headlights. Your lifted truck no longer has low-beams; it’s now either high beams or higher beams and you are blinding everyone.

“Instead of feeling that you’ve blown the day and thinking, “I’ll get back on track tomorrow,” try thinking of each day as a set of four quarters: morning, midday, afternoon, evening. If you blow one quarter, you get back on track for the next quarter. Fail small, not big.” – Gretchen Rubin

A marriage proposal should NOT come as a big surprise, despite what you may have seen in the movies. The topic of marriage should be thoroughly discussed well before you propose.

Many problems in marriage are really just problems with being a bad roommate. Learn how to be a good roommate, and it will solve many of the main issues that plague marriages. This includes communicating about something bothering you before you get too angry to communicate properly.

For those of you going to college for the first time this month: GO TO CLASS! No matter how hungover, tired, or busy you may be, being present is the most important factor in succeeding in your first year as you adjust to living independently. Missing class is a slippery slope to failing out.

Strict parents can turn their kids into more effective liars because children who are afraid, to tell the truth, learn more deceptive behaviors to avoid getting in trouble. Set reasonable rules and expectations for your child, Reward positive behavior, and accept mistakes as a chance for learning.

When someone gets interrupted while telling a story, invite them to continue after the interruption is over with an, “as you were saying about (x)” or something similar. It can be uncomfortable for the person to start back up and this makes them feel like you value their words.

 Ask yourself “what does it matter to me” the next time you find yourself judging someone for their clothing, interests, or hobbies. The more you train yourself to not care about the personal preferences of other people, the more relaxed and nicer you become as a person.

X percent of Y is equal to Y percent of X. So if you want to find out what 7% of 50 is, you could instead find out what 50% of 7 is, which is 3.5. This means that 7% of 50 is also equal to 3.5.

If you’re stuck on an annoying call, put your phone on airplane mode instead of just hanging up. The other person will see “call failed” instead of “call ended”.

If you are asked to create an account in order to continue browsing a website, hit F12 and click on the dim area, this would select it and you can delete it with the DEL key, hit F12 again, and resume your browsing.

If you’re trying to explain net neutrality to someone who doesn’t understand, compare it to the possibility of the phone company charging you more for calling certain family members or businesses.

Keep inviting that friend who always says no.

It is important to know when to stop arguing with people, and simply let them be wrong.

“Off-brand” was a term created by branded companies to make their cheaper competitors look bad. Don’t see cheaper alternatives as lower quality or knock-offs, see them as a competitor. Some often are better than the branded version but the marketing psychology stops you from seeing that.

Wear a helmet. I know many kids and adults think they’re stupid. Be really smart and look stupid in helmets. Brain damage is no joke.

Birds can give you a lot of useful information just by listening to them.

Roast yo’ broccoli. Broccoli is a cheap, ubiquitous vegetable that too often is steamed or boiled to death, sapping nutrients and flavor. Toss with olive oil and salt and roast at 400.

If a loved one is taken in an ambulance, do not follow us to the hospital. Go there on your own time and own route.

My life advice? Don’t save the good wine for a good day. Good wine is wasted on a good day. On a good day, all wine is good wine. Bad wine is good wine. Drink the good wine on a bad day. That’s what it’s for.

 If your roommate ever cooks a meal and lets you eat it with them, do all of the dishes unprompted. It’s polite, shows respect for the work your roommate put into it, saves them the hassle, and makes them far more likely to do so again in the future. Cooking for them later would be a good idea.

After a bad breakup, do 10 things that your ex would never do with you. You’ll feel better and realize how much of yourself was being held back.

Remove all dealer decals from the back of your car. It’s your vehicle now and they are using you for free advertising.

When someone asks you what you want to do if you don’t care then say “doesn’t matter to me I’m just here to hang out with you” instead of “I don’t care”.

If you have illegal drugs in your system and find yourself in the hospital PLEASE be honest and disclose exactly what you’ve taken or what you believe you’ve taken. Care providers are not the police; the quality of your outcome might depend on such information.

Yelp replaces restaurant phone numbers with a special number that charges that business a marketing fee. If you find a good restaurant on Yelp Google their phone number instead so they don’t lose any money.

Go to your Reddit inbox, click the three dots on top and select “Mark all as read” to remove that annoying number at the bottom.

When using Google, add “-Pinterest” (sans quotes) to your query to avoid receiving hundreds of useless Pinterest results.

If a bee colony has set up a hive that you need to be removed, don’t call the exterminator. Beekeepers will relocate the hive often for free. This is an easy way to be nice to the bees and to your wallet.

If you own a Samsung smart TV that has ads, you can block them by adding ads.samsung.com to your block list on your internet router

Don’t wait around for others. Make your own plans and stick to them. Don’t be the person who never gets out just because nobody else can go with you.

If you are a very talkative person, get in the habit of questioning what you gain by sharing information with the people you talk to. Sometimes knowing when not to talk is just as important as knowing what to say.

I have been homeless, there is one tip I can give you if you ever get homeless “Don’t hang around with other homeless people!”

Before you get married, have in-depth, planning discussions around: kids, money, housing, vacations, current debt, retirement, day-to-day expectations, pets, in-laws, transportation, and careers…don’t assume anything. Ask the questions, ensure you are on the same page.

If you want to learn a new language, figure out the 100 most frequently used words and start with them. Those words make up about 50% of everyday speech, and should be on a very solid basis.

 Dogs have a lot of nerves in their ears so when you rub them behind their ears it releases endorphins and makes them very relaxed on a natural high.

 Staying in shape isn’t about being sexy or attractive. It’s about laying down the groundwork so that you can be active and healthy when you’re older.

If you need somewhere to work/relax with friendly staff, nice AC, plenty of seating, free WiFi, and available all across the US, you’re in luck! There are more public libraries in the US than there are Starbucks or McDonalds! And you’re under no obligation to buy anything to sit there

If you’re looking for a job, mention it to everybody that you come in contact with. You never know whose sister’s neighbor’s uncle is hiring.

It is safer to protest in front of the National Guard than the police, as the National Guard has to follow rules of engagement, unlike the police.

Telling someone that a movie/book has a great twist is, in itself, a major spoiler. Don’t do that.

If you offer someone an alcoholic drink and they say no, immediately tell them what non-alcoholic drinks you have. With no judgment. They don’t owe you any explanation of recovery, medical contraindications, or whether or not they just don’t feel like it that day.

 You may not like being in pictures or taking them, but you will hate that you have no photos of some time period when you’re older. Take pictures even if it is out of your comfort zone occasionally, for your future self.

Anytime you feel bad about not reaching out to a friend in a long time, just remember that they also haven’t reached out in an equal amount of time.

 Getting angry with people for making mistakes doesn’t teach them not to make mistakes it teaches them to hide their mistakes

Think of everything you do as progress. Send someone a meme? You progressed your relationship. Drew a doodle? You progressed your art skill. Took a bath? You progressed your mental health. Life is a bank and any time you do anything that brings you the joy you’re earning.

If your friend owns a business, don’t ask for a friend discount or for some free products, a great friend is one that pays full price to support their friend

Before ending a serious relationship, change 100% of all of your Passwords and remove your account info/auto-login on ALL devices

Greyhound racing is now illegal in Florida after the midterm, which will leave a lot of good dogs in need of homes. If you’re considering adopting a dog, please research Greyhounds and see if they’d be right for your family.

Make it a rule for yourself to NEVER insult how another person finds the joy or expresses joy.

Every gun is always loaded at all times and can discharge for no reason at all.

 If you are given a prepaid debit card as a gift, save it after you spend the money. You can use it to sign up for free trials online without worrying about being scammed.

If you offer someone a vice of some kind (alcohol, cookies, et al) over the holidays and they say no, drop it. The holiday season is the most difficult time of year for addicts.

If you can smell yourself a little bit, others can smell you a lot.

It only takes about 2-3 weeks of clicking unsubscribe on every single marketing email you receive to change your inbox (and your life) forever.

Don’t answer those social media posts like, “Your first car, first street you lived on and the first dog is your rock star name” Countless people are sharing these and answering them without realizing it is security questions 101 for all of your online banking and many other security measures.

When sharing your opinion on subjective topics, music, movies, food, etc. There is no need to be hostile. The music doesn’t suck, you just don’t like it. The pizza topping isn’t horrible, you just don’t like it. People’s opinions of you won’t decline if you’re just sharing your likes/dislikes

If your friend or coworker tells you they got a new job, ask them the start date and put it in your calendar so you can text them a good luck / happy first-day message.

Don’t buy oven mitts, get welders gloves from a hardware store! They can protect from higher heat, are built sturdier, and sometimes have flame decals on them so you can run faster.

If you need a suit and don’t have much budget then $20 at Goodwill with $50 of alterations will look a hundred times better than a $70 suit.

If you are doing a task and you’re asking yourself if you should be wearing eye or ear protection, then the answer is always yes.

If someone offers you something you want, take it. Don’t decline every kind of offer out of politeness.

Travel Tips

Treat your ears nicely. Ears don’t repair themselves and earplugs to concerts are better than tinnitus for the rest of your life.

If you need to leave immediately and have no time to pack clothes due to a natural disaster, abusive SO, or whatever reason just grab your dirty laundry hamper

Don’t fall in love with a place you are vacationing at. You are seeing that area for a week or two, when you are not working and you are under less stress than you would be at home. I’ve seen too many people uproot their lives to move to “paradise” only to find out it’s not what it seems.

Stop Using Your Address for Lyft/Uber.

Career Tips

Don’t be fooled by the “working for a dream company” ideology. You’ll be much better off with an amazing boss at an average company who champions your work, allows you to develop mastery in your field, and gives you autonomy.

Your company didn’t know you existed before you applied and won’t notice you when you’re gone. Take care of yourself.

For people starting a new job. If a task typically takes someone ~3.5 hours and you can get it done in 1 hour, don’t turn your task in right away – wait about an hour. If your manager(s) discover how productive you really are, they will quickly overwork you without proper compensation.

 No matter how much your workplace pushes “team building” and “family culture” – remember, they’re not your friends and it’s still a workplace.

Don’t bother giving more than a two week notice.

When a job interviewer asks, “What’s your biggest weakness?”, interpret the question in practical terms rather than in terms of personality faults.

Always be prepared to leave your employer because they are prepared to leave you.

 Put a mirror behind you at the counter or at your desk. This way angry customers who approach you will have to see themselves in the mirror behind you and the chances of them behaving irrationally lowers significantly. No one wants to see themselves act like a dickhead.

Know you’re about to get fired? Then for heaven’s sake don’t throw your resignation in first in one last show of defiance. The meeting where they let you go is your chance to extract a great severance package and positive references. Employers want a clean departure—don’t make their life easy.

Be careful who you vent to in work. Just because they listen, it doesn’t mean that they’re your friend or have your best interests at heart.

From here on out, make “What was your company’s COVID response?” a standard interview question.

There is nothing tacky or wrong about discussing your salary with coworkers. It is a federally protected action and the only thing that can stop discrepancies in pay. Do not let your boss convince you otherwise.

Billionaires like to rewrite their origin story to amplify their achievements against a backdrop of adversity that didn’t really exist. Take their life advice with a pinch of salt: it probably won’t work for you.

If your boss or HR tells you that you need to quit or you will be fired, don’t quit. Let them fire you.

Loyalty to your company only rewards the company. Hopping companies is the best way to increase your salary, don’t sit there hoping for a raise. Apply to other jobs, get a better offer and use it to leverage a raise or take the offer.

Keep a separate master resume with ALL previous work experience. When sending out a resume for application, duplicate the file and remove anything that may be irrelevant to the position. You never know when some past experience might become relevant again, and you don’t want to forget about it.

Take that break. Working around the clock isn’t a badge of honour. You’re going to burn yourself out. You may think you’re too busy and you don’t have the time for a break, but even 10 minutes makes a big difference. You need to take care of yourself and that includes taking a break.

To all young teenagers looking for their first job, do not have your parents speak or apply for you. There’s a certain respect seeing a kid get a job for themselves.

Be careful when badmouthing and gossiping about colleagues at work, because colleagues are not friends and walls have ears.

If there is anyone at your job you don’t like, always take special care not to take vacation at the same time as them. Having toxic/stressful people gone from the office is like a mini vacation by itself that you would miss out on if you are gone.

When starting a new job, find out how long your coworkers have been there. If no one has been working there for very long, and it’s not a new company, that may be a red flag.

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