The Musings Of An Opinionated Sod [Help Me Grow!]

Lessons From The Past For The Future …

It’s the last day of the first week of blog posts for the new year.Congratulations, you’ve survived.

So I thought I’d end the week on a positive.

No, a real one.

You see there was recently read a Linkedin article asking people what piece of advice they would give to their children.

Obviously this is a big, big question because ultimately, there’s so many things you could say and want to say.

But then I realized the advice I got from my parents is still probably the best advice I could give.

Advice that not only prepares you for the life ahead, but prepares you to get the most out of what is there and who you are – which, when you come to think of it, is probably the best advice of all.

So with that, I pass onto Otis what my beloved parents passed on to me.

+ A life of fulfillment is more enjoyable than a life of contentment.

+ Be interested in what others are interested in.

+ Make your own mistakes not someone else’s.

I might not have managed to do them all, all the time, but those pieces of advice have helped me enjoy a life that – let’s face it – I don’t deserve to have, which might be the one thing I’ve done that my parents would be the happiest about.

So to Mum and Dad – thank you – you might not realize it, but you’ve given your grandson one of the most valuable bits of advice he’ll ever have.

Have a great weekend.

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That’s very good advice and far more impressive than the ones I passed on to my children.

Comment by Lee Hill

Parenting is hard enough without your parents great advice making me feel even more inferior.

Comment by George

campbell always finds the way to fuck us over. its his only skill.

Comment by andy@cynic

I love how you always see the negative. And I thought I was a pessimist.

Comment by Rob

So says the man who named his company cynic.

Comment by DH

Sidebar (not really to do with the general point of your post.)

“but those pieces of advice have helped me enjoy a life that – let’s face it – I don’t deserve to have”

Rob I don’t often bother to write when I disagree with you, since I already have a day-job.

You did not steal, cheat, lie or corrupt your way into anything.

Luck played a role? sure. people helping you? for sure.

All those things don’t mean you don’t deserve it.

You went for it, failed some, then got some. so you deserve it.

You (and the likes of Dave Trott) matter because it shows kids on the outside looking in that there’s no such thing as the (work)life you “deserve or don’t deserve”, just the (work)life you’re willing to go or settle for.

(barring real life playing real cruel tricks out of our control).

Your success matters and IS deserved, especially in an insular industry like adland.

Comment by Niko

Is Niko Oprah? Great speech at the golden globes.

Comment by DH

niko. when the fuck did you go nice?

Comment by andy@cynic

Wow Niko, that’s bloody lovely … I don’t know if I deserve it [and let’s face it, I don’t] but it’s bloody lovely.

Comment by Rob

Based on what I know of how you behave I assumed the advice would be blag, have an opinion on absolutely everything and buy gadgets. Waiting for the post rationalisation how my thoughts fit in with those bits of good advice.

Comment by DH

So much insult in this little comment. Impressive.

Comment by Rob

Is it wrong to give this advice to my daughter?

That is a serious question Rob. Would you find that strange, because I think it is brilliant advice.

Comment by Pete

It’s greaf advice but you don’t want your kid to accuse you of lazy parenting when they’re older.

Comment by DH

That’s why I asked if it is strange to want to do it.

Comment by Pete

just claim it as your own. thats what campbell does.

Comment by andy@cynic

your parents were so fucking good. what a shame their son turned out to be a fucking planner.

Comment by andy@cynic

I can’t disagree. I sometimes think my parents – or specifically my Dad – would have preferred me to go into criminal activities than advertising. Though he viewed advertising as a criminal activity so at least that.

Comment by Rob

criminals have more interesting fucking stories.

Comment by andy@cynic

My best advice was get drunk, get laid, get high.

Comment by Billy Whizz

Your posts about Dr Martin Luther King and your Father are so good to read Robert. I do think you should allow comments on these occasions. I appreciate they are personal to you but the way you write opens up people to topics they rarely talk openly about and that is a gift. I hope the anniversary of your Father is spent remembering the happiest times.

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