13 people share the one thing they heard that completely changed their way of thinking.

13 people share the one thing they heard that completely changed their way of thinking.

It's great to read an inspirational quote to get you motivated, but sometimes you just have to be in the right place, or have the advice be delivered by the right person, for the words to make an impact. Here are 13 people who shared to Reddit the one thing they heard that completely changed the way they thought. Grab some tissues, because some of these stories his hard.


1. currentlydrinking explains how she got her legs back.

Not huge or anything, but I read a quote somewhere that was like "Take the stairs. Enjoy it while you can. You're going to miss them when you're not physically able to take them anymore."

Now the only time I take an elevator or escalator is when I'm with other people.

2. bridie9797 gives good to start that project/go back to school/ try something new.

"Life isn't short. It's the longest fucking thing you'll ever do." Don't use the excuse that it's 'too late' for anything.

3. SirCarrington will update your business acumen.

Even "no update" is an update.

This completely changed the way I dealt with business partners and clients.


4. wattersflores is giving away free therapy.

Therapist said to me, "If I could show you a picture of what it will look like when you get there, you'd have no concerns about trying. But I can't, so you'll just have to trust me; it's going to be worth it."


5. HamatoMiwa learned to treat her brother as good as a stranger.

My brother and I used to argue all the time as kids. I don't remember what we were arguing about, but at one point he was talking about how I get mad at him and he said, "you're nice to everyone all the time, but I let you yell at me cuz the anger has to go somewhere." Stopped me dead in my tracks.

We're super close now, and never argue.

6. These words helped DukeoftheGingers climb out of a deep depression

"I love you more than life itself, but you have turned into a sad, toxic person."

My mom opened my eyes.


7. stacksuponstacks was able to put dollar signs on his dad's love.

I accidentally saw my father's W2 when we were in his home office while he was helping me out with something. I asked him if he ever resented me and all of my siblings because if he didn't have to pay to raise all of us, he and my mother could've been ballin', doing pretty much anything and everything they wanted.

He looked me dead in the eye and said, "not even for a second. If it wasn't for you guys and wanting to give you all a good life, I never would've been motivated to work as hard as i did."

This was almost 25 years ago and I still remember it clear as day. Even though I didn't have kids at the time, I instantly had a new understanding into what being a good parent involves.


8. fastestresults figured out how to get his house to appreciate in value.

As I was walking home with my SO we were walking through a relatively expensive part of town with many fancy homes and I remarked "What I'd give to live in a place like that." She replied "It would be awesome but I'm sure some people look at our home and say the same thing." Really made me appreciate the things I have.

9. William_ponderosa learned not to sweat the small stuff.

My buddy John was dying of cancer and I was helping him out daily, he said a few times. " mike, you need to stop worrying about things like that because you could end up like me and it won't matter"


10. rockychunk took some advise liberally.

In the mid-80s I was halfway through Med School and was kind of an immature conservative with immature conservative values. (It was mostly from having a somewhat sheltered Catholic upbringing and not really having seen the world.) Anyway, one of my classmates was a married female who had kept her maiden name. This was still a relatively uncommon thing back then, so I asked her why she hadn't taken her husband's last name. I then expected myself to be in the midst of a feminist conversation about gender roles and blah blah blah. Instead she said (and I'm paraphrasing here) "I love my father-in-law very much and think he's a great guy. But he's not the one who worked his ass off, struggling with two jobs so he could afford to put me through undergrad and med school. I want it so every time MY dad drives by my office, he'll see HIS name on the shingle out front, since he's the guy who is responsible for my being here."

Never before had such a simple statement so utterly flipped my opinion on an issue 180 degrees so quickly. In fact, I can't even tell this story to people verbally now, 35 years later, without tears welling up in my eyes. And I often try to think about this story as an example of how much are opinions are shaped by one's perspective. So I really try to look at things from the other person's point of view before dismissing their opinions.


11. badly_behaved can help you fix your mirror.

If you were a person who loved you very much and wanted to take care of you, nurture you...what would that look like?

12. The last thing Fecalityy's uncle did was save his life

I was addicted to heroin at the time, my favorite uncle was in hospice with cancer... I felt so guilty because i took some of his pain killers months before.. I went to see him the day before he died and he could barely talk but when he saw me the first words he said was "I love you so much" he kept saying it and he was clearly using all his energy to say it.. I broke down when he said and it really helped me get my life on track.


13. And finally, skinnymojo comes through with a great reason to do your own thing.

"Stop worrying about what people think of you; mostly, they don't."