If You Could Give a Newborn Child Only One Piece of Advice, What Advice Would You Give?

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Since it is Saturday we are hosting a discussion.
I recently came across this post with 50 questions one of them was the one above.

I started thinking about it and realized there is so much you could tell a newborn child:
“You can become anything you believe”, you could teach them the art of goal setting, you could tell them that we live in an interdependent world and that their cooperation skills is what determines their success, you could tell them that we are independent beings and that your life is in your hands.

The question is, if you could only give one piece of advice what advice is the most important? What advice would you give?

Please feel free to reply to each other’s comments and join in on the discussion, there is no right answers.

Leave your comment below.

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31 Responses to If You Could Give a Newborn Child Only One Piece of Advice, What Advice Would You Give?

  1. Elena says:

    Follow your bliss.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Tjat is great advice Elena. Often we forget to follow our dreams and go for half measures.

      How have you been at following your own bliss?

  2. kate says:

    Live deeply, live fully, saying yes more than no with neither fear nor regret.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Great advice Kate. Thanks fir sharing it!
      May I ask you to deepen your advice?
      How do you live fully? How do you live deeply?

      I would really like to hear what you think.

  3. Jason Hughes says:

    My one piece of advise would be not to change.
    Newborn babies live in a state of pure bliss. Over time we convince ourselves that we need a reason to reach this state. It’s simply not so.

  4. The best piece of advice I ever had as a young child was:
    ‘Be Happy’

  5. David Brock says:

    The only advice I would have, would be to live your lives, enjoy, have fun, make a difference in at least one other person’s life. (whatever that translates to in infant speak.)

  6. Hi Jason, Adrian and Dave,

    Thank you all for emailing me your replies and letting me post them.
    They are all very insightful and I appriciate your participation greatly.

  7. Doug Rice says:

    “Work like you don’t need money. Love like you’ve never been hurt. Dance like no one is watching.” I always liked this. It’s the idea that you should be the best person you should be regardless of the consequences. Fear should never prevent you from doing what is important for you to do.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Doug,
      That is great advice.
      Doing the best you can with what you got.

      Did anyone give you this advice while growing up?

  8. Forgive everyone.
    Love everyone.
    Don’t worry what others think of you.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Tess,

      Thanks for stopping by and shaing your thoughts!
      If you follow the first 2 I doubt number 3 will be a problem, most people will like you.

      Do you live by this? How does it work in practice?

  9. Daniel,
    I have SO MUCH to say, but boiling it down I’d have to say,
    “Life is wonderful and you’re in for a great ride!”

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Lori,

      I know that is why I thought this question was so interesting.
      It is hard to pick one thing.

      But I like the fact that you just give them hope for the future.

  10. My advice to a young child is simple: Listen. You can’t learn a thing when you’re talking, you learn everything by listening and really taking in what’s around you. When you do speak, choose your words/response wisely. Make your answers thoughtful but concise, so you can quickly get back to what really allows you to grow intellectually and as a person: Listening.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Erin,
      I am honored to have you here!

      Listening is a powerful skill.
      When you listen you are considered a good speaker, a good friend, a good person, by listening you learn and you make more friends.

      Do you think it can be dangerous to chose your words to wisely? Sometimes maybe it is better just to reply with whatever fun comes to mind?

  11. These are all great responses! I’d say – help humanity make a world a better place, as you help yourself first.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Vitaly,

      There have been some awesome replies so far.
      Helping humanity is extremely important and it is true that you cannot give if you do not have.

      This becomes a lot like socially active companies, they need to make a profit but then they give some of the profit to the cause they work for.

  12. Kenya says:

    Be still and always follow your HEART…

  13. Bill Park says:

    Live a life full of possibility and always dream big.


    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Bill,

      If we never lost our ability to dream big the world would be filled with incredible inventions and widely successful people.
      Hopefully we can all remember it in the future.

  14. This was cool Daniel, love the idea bud. I’d say >>> Listen to your inner voice– It’s an anchor of the soul, and it will keep you grounded when the wind comes and attempts to get you off course.

    Thanks D’!


    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Marcus,

      That was very deap.
      Your inner voice, you heart, usually knows more than we do. Listening to it really makes a difference.

  15. Timo Kiander says:

    Something valuable that I learned last weekend from a seminar (by Bob Proctor) I attended to was:

    “Never let anyone to steal your dreams”.

    Too often parents tell their kids what they can be and what not (“grow up”, “don’t be foolish”). Instead, I think that they should be encouraging their children, so that they have courage to reach their dreams when they grow up.

    • Daniel M. Wood says:

      Hey Timo,

      Have you seen the movie “The pursuit of happiness” with Will Smith?
      In it he gives his son the exact same advice.

      It is very good advice.

  16. Timo Kiander says:


    No I haven’t. But thanks for the tip, I’ll want to see this movie sometime :)


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