# What has been the most important lesson(s) you have learned in your life?

Everyday I try to do some changes in order to have a better life. I would like to know what has been the most important lesson(s) that pf members have learned throught their lifes.

gracy

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Danger
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No matter how drunk you are, never piss on an electric fence.

cnh1995
try to study the night b4 the test when you are drunk may just work!!

actually that is not true at all. I failed my test.

Ivan Seeking
Staff Emeritus
Gold Member
Results are usually a direct measure of effort.

Rach3
Ivan Seeking said:
Results are usually a direct measure of effort.
That is very true. It always follows the general law, results*effort=constant.

Always listen to your parents. Not for everyone, but mine were usually always correct.

fireflies
BobG
Homework Helper
Rach3 said:
That is very true. It always follows the general law, results*effort=constant.
:uhh: Erm, that would make results inversely proportional to effort.

Enough courage to face the difficult issues in life. Enough fear of the difficult issues in life to make sure you know what you're doing before you face them.

Edit: Oh, and to echo Candyman, always listen to your parents. They're usually right. (This is something that seems to have developed only over the last twenty years - perhaps humans are evolving faster than we think? :uhh:)

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gracy
Astronuc
Staff Emeritus
Perhaps Results = f(Effort).

Astronuc said:
Perhaps Results = f(Effort).
Perhaps Results = f(Effort)
(Perhaps Results)/Effort = f
Results/Effort = f
Results/Effort = time?
dunno. (yeah, what is f?)
Astronuc, help solve the equation :)

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wolram
Gold Member
If you get out of bed in the morning, you have to do some thing.

gracy
Don't let people push you around, ever.

And what Ivan said too.

BobG said:
Edit: Oh, and to echo Candyman, always listen to your parents. They're usually right. (This is something that seems to have developed only over the last twenty years - perhaps humans are evolving faster than we think? :uhh:)

:rofl: :rofl:

You don't believe in things because they're true. You believe in things because for you they are worth believing in. That is the nature of belief.

Eat crow when it's warm.

Be mindful of what you say and do. The guy I... I mean someone yelled at for taking his time crossing the street as you screech into the parking lot because you are late for class might be next semesters Calc2 Prof.

GCT
Homework Helper
You don't believe in things because they're true. You believe in things because for you they are worth believing in. That is the nature of belief.
A big downside of belief is that it involves being blindsided to some extent, which can be detrimental. Especially on a smaller scale (not for example, the issue of the existence of God). People who have truly learned the lesson of life should be familiar with this lesson. That is belief is ultimately dangerous, but it is necessary to live, to have a purpose of some sort (however, short lived).

As for the "bigger scale aspect" of belief, make sure that it's not infatuation.

Evo
Mentor
To trust my instincts and not be pressured into doing something I know I'm not ready for. Just learned that lesson.

gracy
Chi Meson
Homework Helper
If you are making a major decision, and a little voice is saying "no," listen to it.

Losing your temper means you "lost." Never berate anyone, no matter how "right" you are.

Take a healthy interest in other people's doings.

gracy and fireflies
Astronuc
Staff Emeritus
heartless said:
Perhaps Results = f(Effort)
(Perhaps Results)/Effort = f
Results/Effort = f
Results/Effort = time?
dunno. (yeah, what is f?)
Astronuc, help solve the equation :)
Results = f(Effort) should be read 'Results equals (is) a function f of Effort", or "f maps effort into results". I am not up on the formalisms of mathematical language.

For me math is pretty much a tool which I use to grind the answer out of the data. :rofl:

Astronuc said:
Results = f(Effort) should be read 'Results equals (is) a function f of Effort", or "f maps effort into results". I am not up on the formalisms of mathematical language.

For me math is pretty much a tool which I use to grind the answer out of the data. :rofl:
f(Effort) = Results
No matter how much effort you put, you're going to get results perhaps?
Oh Astronuc, decipher this for me. I can't, with my dumb math skills.

BobG
Homework Helper
GCT said:
You don't believe in things because they're true. You believe in things because for you they are worth believing in. That is the nature of belief.
A big downside of belief is that it involves being blindsided to some extent, which can be detrimental. Especially on a smaller scale (not for example, the issue of the existence of God). People who have truly learned the lesson of life should be familiar with this lesson. That is belief is ultimately dangerous, but it is necessary to live, to have a purpose of some sort (however, short lived).

As for the "bigger scale aspect" of belief, make sure that it's not infatuation.
Maybe yes, maybe no.

A person should at least know what things they believe in just out of faith and what things they believe in because of experience and logic. No matter how long you analyze some things, you wind up stuck on arguments based on personal values rather objective evidence. I think those are the type of things the author of the quote was referring to.

Of course, if a person believes in something just because they were trained to believe in it and can't remember ever not believing in it, then there are some rather obvious pitfalls. People can ignore some pretty obvious evidence for those types of beliefs.

cronxeh
Gold Member
Results = k*F(Effort) + c*F(Effort/t)

where k is the race/background, and c is the type of a job, and t is time

Tomorrow is not guaranteed no matter how young you are.......I learned that lesson the hard way.

That great achievements is always up to perserverence, hard work and consistency in quality.

Also that in science, the way to not become a hogwash is to allow experiments guide you every step of the way.

Oh, and that NOTHING should be a joke.

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Rach3
Also that in science, the way to not become a hogwash is to allow experiments guide you every step of the way.
What should the theorists do, despair?