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By Karen Pasco

I remember some of the best advice I was ever given was from my sister. I was about 28 years old, working in a job I didn’t particularly like and moaning to her about my situation. Her reply has had an ongoing impact.

“You have two choices; either you stay in your present career for the next 40 years and remain miserable, or you change it. Only you can change it.”

For someone who was only 20 years old herself at the time, the words were quite wise. It led me to where I am today and I have always appreciated how those words impacted at such a crucial time of my life.

There are other times in life when I have reflected on that very same conversation and recalled those sensible words. Whether it be relationships, other jobs or even after falling into a pattern of mediocrity, I have plucked those words from my memory banks and used them as a mantra “only you can change it” to modify my life or behaviours.

We have gathered together bits of advice that others have found poignant. Whether they are deep and philosophical or quite matter-of-fact, these words of wisdom have provided inspiration to those who received it and often influenced them in decisions they have made.

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John Psathas is one of New Zealand’s most internationally acclaimed composers, born in New Zealand to Greek immigrants in the mid 1960s. To date, his most notable accomplishment in the field of music was to write much of the ceremonial music for the opening and closing ceremonies of the Athens 2004 Olympic Games.

One of the best pieces of advice he received was from his father Emmanuel Psathas. It was given to him constantly throughout his teenage years and still remains advice he reflects on.

“However successful, famous, or rich you become, it counts for nothing if you are not a fundamentally good person.”

“I knew from a very young age (11 years) that I would be pursuing a career that put me in the public eye and, all things going well, would result in my being well-known. This piece of advice profoundly influenced how I went about achieving my dream of becoming a successful composer. All of my adult decision-making has been shaped by considering that one piece of advice.”

He has shared this advice with others as well as the following which obviously impacts on the students he teaches.

“Don’t allow anyone but you to decide whether you pursue your dream.”

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Mai Chen is the founding partner of Chen Palmer, chair of New Zealand Global Women, president of the Harvard Law School Alumni Association (NZ), on lists of the most influential businesswomen in the country and writer of recently-published book Public Law Tool Box .
She has three pieces of advice that have stood her in good stead in her work and personal life.
“There is no such thing as work-life balance.”
“In the end, did you live life to the full, did you love deeply and did you learn truly to let go.”
“Your life is your message, get on and live it.”

General Colin Powell’s rules of engagement:

1. It ain’t as bad as you think. It will look better in the morning
2. Get mad, then get over it
3. Avoid having your ego so close to your position that when your position falls, your ego goes with it
4. It can be done!
5. Be careful what you choose. You may get it
6.Don’t let adverse facts stand in the way of a good decision
7. You can’t make someone else’s choices. You shouldn’t let someone else make yours
8. Check small things
9. Share credit
10. Remain calm. Be kind
11. Have a vision. Be demanding
12. Don’t take counsel of your fears or naysayers
13. Perpetual optimism is a force multiplier.

Other words of wisdom we like:ISS 1870 00230

“Do or do not. There is no try.”

“If you have knowledge, let others light their candles with it.”
Winston Churchill
“Leadership has a harder job to do than just choose sides. It must bring sides together.”
Civil rights leader Jesse Jackson
“A revolutionary idea is usually one with its sleeves rolled up.”
Former Indian batsman, commentator and politian, Navjot Sidhu
“As a small businessperson, you have no greater leverage than the truth.”
John Greenleaf Whittier
“A business absolutely devoted to service will have only one worry about profits. They will be embarrassingly large.”
Henry Ford
“The golden rule for every business man is this: “Put yourself in your customer’s place.”
Orison Swett Marden
“Your most unhappy customers are your greatest source of learning.”
Bill Gates
“The first rule of any technology used in a business is that automation applied to an efficient operation will magnify the efficiency. The second is that automation applied to an inefficient operation will magnify the inefficiency.”
Bill Gates
“Sometimes when you innovate, you make mistakes. It is best to admit them quickly and get on with improving your other innovations.”
Steve Jobs
“A business has to be involving, it has to be fun, and it has to exercise your creative instincts.”
Richard Branson
“The conventional definition of management is getting work done through people, but real management is developing people through work.”
Agha Hasan Abedi

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