17th June, 2014

“Quit being toxic jerks to other people. Try to stop talking about yourself for a minute and empathize with someone else. It’ll give you perspective. So many people use the golden rule for their life advice, but developing empathy is so much bigger and more important than that.”

— Day 365: Chuck (ME!), 30, Just a dude

15th June, 2014

Friends! You may have noticed that there is no advice post today. I kinda screwed up. My birthday is Tuesday, June 17th and Day 364’s advice was posted yesterday, so there’s a 2 day gap in there somewhere. I probably double posted on a day or something. Whatever.

Anyway, I’m using this 2 day gap to reflect on how crazy this past year has been. I originally started this project because I was turning 29 years old when I lost almost everything I owned or believed in (long story, obviously). I was in some weird fugue state – lacking direction and living in a bland, flavorless world. I was talking through some things with my friend Anne (of Day 1 fame!), when she mentioned that she had occasionally asked random people for their best life advice. The idea stuck: just ask anyone what their guiding ethos was, and then try to live by that. Every one of us has a unique set of experiences that give us a unique perspective on life, so why not try to collect as many of those perspectives as possible?

Fast forward 364 days and I’m getting life advice from all sorts of people - famous, infamous, unfamous, anonymous, and everywhere in between. I went from 0 followers to ~25,000. I made the front page of Reddit. I had the chance to communicate with some of my heroes! But more importantly, I had some really inspired conversations about what this project means to me and to you. It’s been a whirlwind, and a lot more work than you probably think.

Recently, I’ve been asked 2 questions more than any others:

  1. What’s my life advice?
  2. What’s next after the project is over?

My answers: My life advice is going to be posted on Tuesday. It’s a challenge to come up with something unique and meaningful after being inundated with advice every day for the past year, but I’ll give it my best shot.

So, what’s next? I’m taking a break. Having the self-imposed obligation to get someone’s best life advice every day for the past 364 days has been exhausting! I’m not bailing on the project however. I’ll probably just switch to semi-weekly or weekly posts. I feel committed to you guys – all 25,000 of you! I’m so grateful for your inspiration, support, generosity, and positivity. You’re all really cool people! In the meantime, feel free to ask me anything or send me your very best life advice!

13th June, 2014

“Do what you love. If you watch my application video, I talk about how I was an engineering major for 2 years. In high school, I loved it and thought it was what I wanted, but when I realized that parkour and my video work was what I truly enjoyed (as well as watching my grades and hopes in engineering plummet), I couldn’t stay. I may not make the same amount as I would as an engineer once I leave college, but you can bet your ass I’m gonna do what I love and love what I do!

So if you find something you’re passionate about, work towards it! Strive to be the best you can be and surround yourself with people who will support your endeavors! It’s what I did and I wake up every day loving life because of it!”

— Day 363: Drew MarinelliCompeted on American Ninja Warrior

11th June, 2014

“For the longest time I was very terrified of what if statements. What if this or that goes wrong and I can’t reach my goal? After a while I learned that there is always another way to get where you want to go. Sometimes you just have to take the scenic route to follow your dream. The direct highway isn’t for everybody.”

— Day 361: Rachel T., 17, Recent high school graduate, RC car racer

10th June, 2014

“I’ve learned that you should think to yourself each day, ‘Is what I am doing at this moment something for which my children will be proud?’ If you can give your loved ones stories to share with others that make them beam with love and pride - no matter what it is you do in life - you will have made this world better by a measurable amount.”

— Day 360: thegeode

5th June, 2014

“Well the piece of advice I often think of is related more toward career, but I’ll share that. It’s a quote from the filmmaker Michelangelo Antonioni who said that it took him 10 years before he got anywhere in his profession. I always remember that it takes a while before you find your audience and you just have to keep on plugging away to get there.”

— Day 355: Andrew Rossi, Filmmaker, Just directed The Ivory Tower - a documentary that “questions the purpose of higher education in an era when the price of college has increased more than for any other service in the United States”

4th June, 2014

“My very best life advice was when I got from somebody who said ‘You have to really appreciate what you’re doing, so that people are looking at your work for what YOU do. For what YOU Stand for. You have to keep being bold with that.’ And that really woke me up, and helped remind me that I do need to keep appreciating what I’m doing. To look at situations a little bit brighter, and really appreciate the situation and really make the best out of it.”

— Day 354: Shaun Ross, 23, The First Albino Male Model

2nd June, 2014

“No’s are the foundation for our yes’s. Failures are the foundation for our successes. The wealth of the harvest is measured by the depth of the hardship.”

— Day 352: hodorowskid17 (who apparently switched Tumblr names so I can’t link them)

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