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The question this month is:
What is the best piece of advice you have ever been given?
The best piece of advice I received was when I was at college. A lecturer told us: "If you try your best and fail... then you are a failure".
This advice may sound a little flippant, but it's worth remembering. Yes, there are times when it just can't apply, but if you need to achieve something, perhaps your self-imposed best wont be enough. In that case, you need to take a different tack; or even admit that you will fail!
In my "career" (I use that term loosely) I have had to take many exams. In fact, I've had to pass specific exams to keep two jobs. Doing my best might have been enough, but I couldn't afford to fail. Therefore, I worked hard and took various approaches to ensure I covered as many bases as possible.
And when I have failed in life, I have considered the advice again and wondered if I really did my best?
The advice can't be taken too seriously, but I like to keep it in mind when I need to achieve a positive result. I don't want fail, who does?! So make sure you know what it takes to succeed.