One Piece of Advice

So here’s my first segment of 14 Strangers! For two weeks I asked one person every day the same question: “If you could give me one piece of advice to last me for the rest of my life, what would it be?”.

This was definitely a new experience for me. In the past, I have never had trouble with public speaking or with talking to new people or anything like that. I guess I’m a pretty outspoken person. But with this, I was definitely out of my comfort zone. I don’t think I realized how nerve racking it would be to just approach a totally random person and ask them a deeply metaphorical question. At the end of the day, when I’d add the daily video onto my iMovie draft, I was really glad that I had approached the specific person because it was extremely interesting to hear what each person had to say about life.

Right from the first day, I knew that this was going to be a great project. I had originally thought that there would be a few people who would repeat their “best advice”, but to my surprise, each piece of advice was different from the next. It just goes to show that every person has their own story. Check back on April 9th for the next video! Feel free to leave a comment if you have a good suggestion for a future question


9 thoughts on “One Piece of Advice

  1. I think this is a great idea. It’s not something that convenient, it’s not something easy, that’s what makes it so great. I think when approached with questions like this it’s something people will take very seriously. It’s a great idea and I look forward to watching the future videos.

  2. So… this is really interesting. Truthfully, after reading “The Beginning,” I kind of doubted that you would be able to just get random strangers to seriously answer your questions; but, some of the answers were actually really insightful for being on-the-spot. I thought the answer that went along the lines of “always do what you love/want to do” was rather interesting considering that many people (myself included) often do things more for monetary gain or for college resumes than for their own enjoyment.

  3. This is a fascinating project. It relies so much on the words of other people, and one can tell that the words of those people are their own. I think this is one of the most interesting blogs that anyone has set up so far. I’m interested to see how much overlap you get in advice. Advice like “Be honest” will almost certainly come up more than a few times. Then again there will almost certianly be advice that only one person has. It’d be interesting to see a list of them all when you’re done. -Myles

  4. Hey Joe! This idea is really cool and I thought the responses you got for this question are interesting. My favorite is probably: “do it once, do it right, and you’ll never have to do it again.” The ideas of dedication and efficiency jump out at me after hearing this piece of advice because I guess I’ve never heard of it put this way before. Sure, we hear all the time to work hard and do our best but the idea of giving everything your all so you don’t have to repeat it is an approach that’s very different. It gives you motivation and is a saying you should tell yourself constantly so that you don’t waste time on things that aren’t important. Looking forward to the next series of advice.

  5. This is probably one of the most interesting ideas I have ever seen. It’s fascinating to see the way people think. I always wonder, what back story does that random stranger over there have, and how are they different from me? What causes them to be the way they are, good or bad? If I had to contribute one piece of advice to you, it would most certainly be to know who you are and what you want to be, because you are the only one who can change you, and you are the only one who can understand yourself. I speak from experience, because I have changed myself because I wanted to be something different, something better than what I was. Take actions to change yourself to what you want to be is the best advice I can give.

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