The worst advice ever
What was the worst advice you ever got and took
I sit here pondering my belly button and think back over my life and consider the paths I took that would have made a difference to the outcome of my life.
Hindsight gives you 20/20 vision but I know if I had gone the other way with all of this advice my life would be totally different.
1. You will never make as much as a bike mechanic as a car mechanic. Back in 1985 I was an appy Bike mechanic and my journey man said this to me, I went ahead and became an appy car mechanic.
2. No son of mine will be a grease monkey. My dad said this to me and I became a cabinet maker instead.
3. Once you have been here 5 years you will never go back. I was in the UK and don’t remember who said this but Fuck them, the horse they rode in on and their mother.
4. If I could live wherever I wanted to, I’d want a sea view. I squandered an opportunity by buying a house with a seaview, rather than a farm in the Lowveld.
These are just 4 of the forks I chose that would have made a huge difference had I gone the other way. I often think of those decisions and wonder whether they would have changed my life.
Each of those decisions, when looking at people that were there and went the opposite way, that are far better off than I am.
It’s that first one that was the worst, I have never been happier at work than I was servicing Suzuki B120’s. If I could go back, that’s the one I would change more than any of the others.