Advice from the elderly is advice that should be listened to very closely. The reason for this is of course the fact that the longer you are around and the more experiences you go through, the wiser you become.
However, for some reason, many of us shrug off the advice of the elderly and treat is as a grain of sand. Perhaps the reason why some people do this is because they think times are different and therefore the advice is no longer useful. What these people may possibly not realize is that the lack of people listening to the elderly may be the cause of things changing in the first place.
It is in our nature to want to do things the way we want to do them. But when you think about it, what better way could you possibly learn how to do something, and correctly, than from a person who has been there and done that.
I can remember many times in my life where I could have probably listened to advice a little more but didn’t and then got myself into predicaments I would have rather not been in. I’m sure just about everyone has experienced at least one occasion in their life where the same thing happened.
The worst part about this type of thing happening is when the person who tried to give you advice gets to say, “I told you so..”.
The funny thing about advice from the elderly is the fact that when we follow it, it usually will lead us in a positive direction. On the other hand, when we don’t, we end up leading ourselves down a very difficult path that ends up causing us to follow the advice anyways, just in a more drawn out process.
Taking advice from the elderly becomes quite easier when we keep in mind all of the things they likely went through during their life. Take the great depression for example. I think the advice from anyone who was able to make it through that dark period is a person with nothing but the best of advice.
Now that I am beginning to get older and a bit wiser myself, I can’t help but laugh when my children let my advice go in one ear and out the other. I find it funny because I can picture myself when I was younger doing the same thing.
I had a hard time understanding a lot of advice I was given when I was younger, probably due to the fact that I was yet to experience many things in life. However, now that I am older and wiser, I try to pass as much of the same advice that was given to me down to them, even if they don’t retain very much of it.
Instead of getting upset that they may not pay attention to my advice, I use it as a experience to remind me of how important it is to listen to advice from those who are older and more experienced than me.
Each time I feel as if I may not be providing advice with the attention it deserves, I just think about trying to pass lessons that were passed to me down to my children and how important advice is in life.
Don’t get me wrong, it’s still important that we live our own lives and make our own choices in life. However, there is no reason to reject advice that may possibly make things a lot easier and make your path to success a less bumpy one.
We’ve all been there and have had the “I know everything” attitude. I want you to think about where that type of mentality landed you in life. I’m taking a wild shot in the dark here but I’m going to guess positive results rarely came from it.
One important thing to keep in mind when it comes to advice is it highly important to seek it from the right sources. Basically, the mere fact that someone is older than you does not necessarily mean they have the best advice to offer.
For example, it probably wouldn’t be a good idea to take advice concerning finances to heart that came from someone with a gambling addiction.
The more advice we have the better life we can create for ourselves. Think of all of the headaches and hassles we could all avoid if we just listened to someone who has already been through something similar.
The advice of others can be worth millions or be entirely worthless, what will decide this factor is the amount of attention you actually pay to these golden words of guidance.
As hard as it may be at times to accept the fact that some people know more about things than we do, it is absolutely vital to a successful life!