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Advice My Parents Gave Me: and Other Lessons I Learned from My Mistakes

by Rodolfo Costa

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Title:Advice My Parents Gave Me: and Other Lessons I Learned from My Mistakes
Authors:Rodolfo Costa
Info:CreateSpace (2011), Paperback, 148 pages - Revised edition
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I like the way the book is divided into separate chapters and emotions, making it much easier for you to find the helpful quotes you need quickly. Full of hints and encouraging snippets of advice on different aspects of how we live our lives,.

The layout of the book is simplistic and basic and is laid out into individual bullet points which are sharp and straight to the point but some of them could do with a little bit more explanation on how you could change or what you do do better.

Would be great to keep with you at all times, just to pick up and re-read the thought provoking sections you need to uplift your spirit to help you get through.

The author does stress the point that you should be really grateful for what you have achieved and acquired in your life and in order to progress, you cannot harbor resentment or regrets and to every problem you can work out a solution.

Anyone who is looking to change the way they lead their life or looking for inspiration, this book would be great for them to read. We can still learn from other people and if we keep all our secrets they will be lost forever, fortunately, this will never happen with this book. ( )
  beckvalleybooks | Jun 7, 2012 |
Free on Kindle. Not very helpful to me.
  franoscar | Jan 20, 2012 |
This little book is a grand collection of pearls of wisdom and practical and applicable advice and recommendations for leading a more fulfilled and rewarding life. I would recommend this book to anyone! ( )
  Skout | May 11, 2010 |
This was a thoughtful little book filled with life quotes. It is one of those books you will hang on to forever and when you find yourself questioning life, you can open it up. It is full of wisdom on almost every life subject. It is truly inspiring. This is a good book to pass down to the younger generation. ( )
  avon1 | Mar 21, 2010 |
I really didn't expect to win this book but it has brought a new breeze in my life. Actually it is 'just' a collection o thoughts, which might be regarded as obvious, known, popular, and so on.
It is not so.
This is the most positive, nice and inspiring night-table book I ever had. The cover is gay, a nice yellow you can never miss among thousand things, and it is light, perfect for its purpose. Once in my life I had to leave many books behind, if it happens again this book will came with me, even if this might sound silly. I wish good luck to the author. I do not know if this is gonna by his only book but it deserved to be printed and deserves to be read by those ones wishing to treat themselves while engaging the struggling wonderful everyday battle of life. ( )
  bilja | Mar 20, 2010 |
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This book is a collection of 409 thoughts, quotes, lessons, ideas, suggestions, reminders, words of advice and encouragement about life in general that were passed on to me by my parents or that I learned at one time or another throughout my life. It includes lessons I have learned from my mistakes and from my share of problems and setbacks. It touches on attitude, goals, responsibility, persistence, success, relationships, planning, personal/spiritual growth, and fulfillment.

This book is about seeing and experiencing life in a different way, about growing and evolving as a person and human being. You may already know, or may have heard, some of the advice, ideas, and lessons you are about to read. I hope and wish you are already implementing them in your life, but if not, perhaps you just need a little reminding—we all do. You may be reading some of the lessons for the first time. You may not agree with some of them. That is fine—we do not always share the same opinions and ideas—but I hope this book inspires you to think and reflect about your own life, your dreams, your goals, your aspirations, your circumstances, and your relationships. I want you to build the courage to create your own ideas, and to live your life to the fullest, striving to reach all of your dreams and goals, whatever they may be, so you can become a better, and more fulfilled, person than you were before. I want you to enjoy your family, your friends, and your time alone, to “slow down to smell the roses” and enjoy your life in general.


1 Life is wonderful, life is horrible, life is fabulous, life is terrible, life is great, life is awful, life is challenging, life is “a piece of cake”, life is unfair, life is beautiful, life is ugly, life is tough, life is easy … In reality, life is whatever you make it.

2 The way you feel is a decision that you make every day. It is sometimes a conscious decision and sometimes an unconscious one. Be more in touch with your thoughts and feelings and make the decision to start every day, in a positive and optimistic way.

3 There is a choice in every situation you face. You can see it in either a positive or a negative way. You can feel happy or you can feel miserable—the choice is always yours.

4 Your attitude is everything. Always try to maintain a positive attitude about things. This will help you build the courage to change things, it will help you find the serenity to accept things you cannot change, and it will give you the wisdom to know the difference. Gain power over your attitude.

5 Work on your attitude. Learn to control it before it controls you.

6 A positive attitude is far more important than aptitude for a successful life.

7 You cannot change a lot of things that happen in your life, but you can always change how you react to what happens in your life.

8 Do not focus and waste your energy on the “little problems” of your daily life. Do not allow yourself to make them bigger than they are.


116 Free yourself from self-doubt. Who are you not to create the life you want? Who are you not to achieve greatness? Who are you not to realize your dreams?

117 Never worry that your dreams are too big or your goals are too high. You may not achieve them all, but you will achieve far, far more than you have expected, and you will become a better and a more fulfilled person in the process.

118 Do not overestimate problems and do not underestimate your abilities.

119 When you face a new challenge, you have the opportunity to discover your own unique potential.

120 Be brave. Remember that bravery is not the lack of fear but the ability to move forward in spite of fear.

121 There are many things in life that we do not accomplish and many opportunities that we miss because of our fear to lose.

122 Sometimes it is very hard not to feel fear and sometimes our fears cause us to impose limitations on ourselves, but we can eliminate and conquer them by just continuing to move forward.

123 For some people, their fear to lose is greater than their desire to succeed, so they end up doing nothing and their dreams become impossible.

124 Make your desire to succeed stronger than your fear to lose.

125 Fear is good because it helps you to be cautious, but never let fear paralyzed you, otherwise you will not be able to progress and accomplish what you want.
"The greatest discovery of my generation is that human beings can alter their lives by altering their attitude of mind." William James
"A year from now you may wish you had started today."
Karen Lamb
"I’ve missed over nine thousand shots in my career. I’ve lost almost three hundred games. Twenty-six times, I’ve been trusted to take the game-winning shot … and missed. I’ve failed over and over and over again in my life. And that is why I succeed. "
Michael Jordan
"Someone’s opinion of you does not have to become your reality."
Les Brown
"A wise man will make haste to forgive, because he knows the full value of time and will not suffer it to pass away in unnecessary pain."
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"A collection of 409 thoughts, quotes, lessons, ideas, suggestions, reminders, words of advice and encouragement to lead a successful, rewarding, peaceful, happy, and fulfilling life."

Some people just need a little motivation and reassurance to allow themselves to see beyond what others think is possible, wise, or practical, while others just need a little inspiration to use their imagination wisely so they can become part of a solution not part of a problem. Advice My Parents Gave Me, and Other Lessons I Learned From My Mistakes—may just provide that motivation, reassurance, and inspiration—409 practical, thought-provoking, “bite-sized” ideas and suggestions to encourage the reader to move forward to a successful and happy life, while becoming a better person in the process.
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