#Question: What's the best life advice you've ever received?
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#Question: What’s the best life advice you’ve ever received?

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We asked 5 guys “What’s the best life advice you’ve ever received, and they said…”

There was a time I was going through –personality or is it midlife crisis?- PERSONALITY crisis, and I was on my bed one day just reflecting when Kizz Daniel’s ‘Jaho’ filled my room.

The first few verses, “You dey do as dem dey do, you better know who you are” flooded me with life and light. My answer had come in two words “DO YOU”.

“Do you!” I could have laughed. This was just it. Do me and stop trying to do things a certain way because it is the norm.

And I was worried that if I didn’t do things the way “normal” people did them, judgy eyes(on the streets, my mates, strangers) were watching, and waiting to pass my sentence through wagging tongues(what a horrible way to live, through the eyes of others).

So yeah, I can say that Kizz Daniel’s song came through with the best life advice when I really needed it.

I have received sage words of wisdom through every phase of my life, and honestly, most have come from my parents(it is not all the time they sat me down and served age-old reason. A lot of the time I have received insights just by observing how they react and respond to situations).

Alexilore reached out to some of our favourite MCEs to tell us their best life advice yet.

And sis, some of their words made me pause and say “Mehn, that’s Deeep”. As you read, may their words bless your soul.

5 MCEs on the best life advice they’ve ever received:

Jack

What’s the best life advice you’ve ever received?

1. Be grateful at all times

2. Know who you call your friends

Who gave you this advice?

The first was my mom, and the other was my dad.

What is the story behind it?

Be grateful at all times

I almost had a good job, but I didn’t get it because of HR’s personal reasons. I felt bad but my mom told me that at all times I should remain grateful.

That there are people who wish to be in my position, to be a graduate, and to know how to communicate, write, read. Yet I have achieved all this, so I should consider it a win. Also, I should always be grateful even if I am not where I want to be yet.


I know it sounds like very basic advice, but to me, it wasn’t, because it resonated deep within me and was just right at the time.

Know who you call your friends

My dad had a friend who was working in a good company at the time. One day an opportunity opened up in that company that would enable my dad to earn way higher than his friend because he had more qualifications.


Do you know what his friend did? He didn’t let my dad know of the opportunity and kept it to himself.


However, because of their closeness, even his friend’s manager knew my dad from a distance, and one random day he approached my dad and asked him why he turned down the job opportunity.


My dad said ‘What? He wasn’t aware that there was an opening.’ The manager went on to say that his friend had told him that my dad said he didn’t want the job.

I am sure the manager would have called himself to tell my dad about the opportunity, but at that time phones were not easily accessible.
That’s how jealousy destroyed that friendship, to think they were so close – he probably didn’t want my dad to earn more than him.

Victor

#Question: What's the best life advice you've ever received?
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What’s the best life advice you’ve ever received?

  1. There are three things you should never fight over. These three things: Money, Land and Women, cannot be gotten by fighting for them without losing yourself.

2. If you must go anywhere and God Does Not Go With You, Don’t Go At All.

Who gave you this advice?

  1. Mom
  2. Instructor

What is the story behind it?

These three things: Money, Land and Women cannot be gotten by fighting for them without losing yourself.

I think we were discussing that evening and she was telling us about the wickedness she has heard and seen among men. When I was young I took it quite literally. Then as I grew older, I realized that it was actually figurative. I think I heard her explain it one day and it wasn’t what I thought it was.

She said, ‘you see, there are underlying principles that command these three:

If you want money, give impact

You want a woman, win her love

Gain honour or earn respect, and land will be yours’.

If you must go anywhere and God Does Not Go With You, Don’t Go At All.

I was in a bible study class and that message blew my mind. No matter what it is, no matter what offer you receive, if God is not going with you then don’t go at all.

Erin

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What’s the best life advice you’ve ever received?

The best advice I have ever received was, ‘go back to the church’.

Who gave you this advice?

Elder brother

What is the story behind it?

At a time I stopped being a Christian and I was just living carelessly and engaging in indiscriminate sex and he told me I can’t continue like this I had to make a change and I have been enjoying it ever since – peace.

Abu Dhabi

What’s the best life advice you’ve ever received?

Some people are Zeros others are Onesies – be careful of your associations.

Who gave you this advice?

Dad

What is the story behind it?

I was relocating to Lagos from my home Abuja and my dad called me and said to me (He is an accountant. So when he wants to give me life advice, he does it with numbers). He said some people are ZEROES and others are ONES.
When you multiply a number by ZERO, no matter how great that number is, it becomes zero. Meaning, no matter how great you are if you associate with people who are zeroes, you too would become zero. Others are ONES, and any number you multiply with one remains constant. Meaning there are people you can associate with that will not be of any value to you. It doesn’t matter how long you’ve known them; the same way you meet them is the same way you will be in the next number of years that you spend with them.

Desmond

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What’s the best life advice you’ve ever received?

Whatever you do, always have a clean heart and a clean conscience. Don’t cheat, don’t take another man’s wife. Be content with what you have, always pray, and don’t envy others.

Who gave you this advice?

Dad

What is the story behind it?

I was very young when he started singing those words into my ears, and they didn’t make sense to me at the time, but now I am grateful for them. It has helped strengthen my relationship with others and prevented me from engaging in vices just to get quick money because there is no job.

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