People should follow their own advice

@megamatt (14333)
United States
July 25, 2011 11:14am CST
I find a lot of the times that I know people who give out some rather good advice a lot of the time. However there tends to be one simple problem and that problem is that they might give out the advice, but they are doing the example opposite. It does send some mixed signals and no matter how sound the advice might be, its kind of hard to take someone completely seriously when they don't practice what they preach.
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@greenline (14865)
• Canada
2 Aug 11
Yes, I understand what you are saying, and I have met people like that. There may be different interntions for giving the advice, may be with good intentions, and may be not in some cases. It is indeed necessary that one gives some serious thoughts to the advices before taking them seriously and following them.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
3 Aug 11
Good intentions may not be all of what they seem a lot of the time. There are a lot of people who really are decent enough at giving advice, but it might be rather misplaced. There are a lot of people who think that their advice works, but it is really misplaced. There are just so many variables out there, that really have to do with giving any degree of advice. That much is for sure. Thanks for response. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
@lady1993 (13032)
• Philippines
26 Jul 11
I agree with you, even I am like this sometimes, I an give good advice too when someone needs it- I learn from experiences, what my parents tell me and from movies and books I read too. But saying it is better than doing it, I find it hard to follow my own advice since I am not courageous enough.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
26 Jul 11
I do agree, some people are better than dishing out the advice, than they are following it. I'm not perfect completely, but then again I don't complain to be. Which is part of the reason why I do not like giving any advice to begin with as I would certainly feel like of guilty if I had not followed through. Then again, maybe that's just me. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
• Philippines
26 Jul 11
I tend to agree with you and sometimes I am in conflict when people point this particular truth in my face. I encountered many people, including myself, who are very good at giving advice but not very keen on following the said advice themselves. People berate me for it and sometimes, I berate some of my circle because of it. One of my badass friends once replied to me that the people that he doesn't follow his own advice because he isn't the same as the people he gives advice to. But he does agree that sometimes he could learn something out of his own book. I guess in a given situation, we are more clear minded and objective when the situation is not affecting us. When we are personally embroiled in the situation, our emotions tend to mess with our thinking, that's why we can't think clearly and would often ask for a third party's advice. But that my theory. I don't if this is universal truth. I can understand in a certain way why people don't take a page of their own book. But it's not an instant excuse for every situation.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
26 Jul 11
I think that a lot of people are rather good at giving a lot of advice. However there are a lot of times that maybe, just maybe they might have been well served with taking a little hint from their own advice. There are just many times where people are the worst at following their own advice. Now granted, it might not apply sometimes, but there are times where it does and they cannot see it. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.
• United States
25 Jul 11
I know exactly what you mean & I couldn't agree more. I recently had to deal with a person just like that. This person was taught from the bible that we should always freely forgive one another & of course I was taught the same thing. So when I offended this person I immediately there after tried to apologize more then once in fact, but instead of following what she had been taught & forgiving me she verbally attacked me & threw the whole matter up in my face. It got me to thinking that obviously this person is not doing as she says she ought to do. She preaches that we should forgive one another, but when faced with this situation she did anything but.
@megamatt (14333)
• United States
25 Jul 11
That is really one of the more disturbing double standards out there. If people should teach the values of something like the bible, they should follow its teachings. If they do not intend to follow it, then they should really just keep their lips firmly sealed. It is rather unfortunate when a lot of people adopt a do as I tell you but I'll never do as I say attitude. Thanks for responding. Its appreciated. Have a nice day.