What Advice Would You Give Young People to Succeed in Life?



“This world is a temporary place and you can have an awesome life ahead of you – so do your best to make the most of it. This world is not an easy place to exist – so stay focused, tenacious and steadfast in your endeavors. There will be many obstacles along the way so dig your heels in and continue to strive forward. Don’t ever let anyone tell you what you cannot accomplish. Success can be whatever you choose it to be. Find something that gives you self-gratification and go for it. And most importantly, remember that success in life does not always have a monetary value. Success in life can be whatever makes you happy.”

~ Synthia Lee, Captain, North Hollywood Division Police Station

“Read. Read anything; read everything…books, magazines and newspapers. It doesn’t matter what you read, just read. Today with so many choices on Google and YouTube, I think we have lost sight of the importance of reading a good book or a great article. To read is to learn about the world outside of your own. When I was little and sick I used to read a lot in bed about baseball players in different cities. I read about teams in California, Colorado and Texas. I learned about the towns and the stadiums all from my little bed in the Bronx. To read is to learn to dream and expand your world and your mind. In my opinion, dreaming can only lead to a successful life. Also finish! No rose that couldn’t close.”

~ Garry Marshall, Director: Pretty Woman, Princess Diaries; Creator: Happy Days, Laverne & Shirley

“Take chances and don’t be afraid to fail. I have found that most of my very successful friends have taken major chances that paid off in a huge way. Never believe that you are not as qualified as the next guy. It’s all about a positive attitude and belief in yourself that you can do it. If you don’t believe in yourself, no one else will either.”

~ GRETCHEN BONADUCE, TV Reality Star: Breaking Bonaduce; Singer: The Fatal 80’s

“To really succeed you need to learn a lot of things, take classes, things like that. You have to learn about your craft: If you’re going to play guitar, learn how to play scales. If you want to sing, take voice lessons. And I would have to say about drugs: they call it ‘doping’ because it makes you stupid. Stay off the drugs, don’t drink, don’t get a DUI, don’t break your parents’ hearts… Try to succeed. Do I sound like a Dad or what?!”

~ EDDIE MONEY, Rock Star: “Baby Hold On”, “Two Tickets To Paradise”

“Listen to everyone’s advice and learn from it but remember the most important thing to listen to is your gut. That’s because no one else is YOU and no one else brings to the table exactly what you do. And do not be afraid to ask for something you want – a job, a date, or an opportunity because the worst thing that they can say to you is ‘no’ – and what would be the answer if you didn’t ask? That’s right, no. So you have nothing to lose and everything to gain by asking. If you don’t have the strength to ask then you probably weren’t right for that job, date or opportunity. Believe in yourself because if you don’t nobody else will…And don’t take no for an answer because you know you’re right in what you want. Eventually you’ll break down the barriers in front of you. Let everybody else give up because you know that you are the one who will succeed.”

~ RICHARD BLADE, Radio Personality and Actor

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