Stop acting as if you have all the answers.

You don’t know everything.

You only know what you know.

(this goes for teenagers as well as adults)

Don’t ignore someone’s good advice…learn from them.

I can pretty much guarantee that your brain is not full.  I am certain you have not learned everything there is to know about: relationships, parenting, health and nutrition, careers, history, politics, the arts….the list is endless.  Even if someone currently pays you and you can therefore brag to others that you are an “expert” in a particular field, you still don’t know everything.

You only know what you have learned so far.

So lighten up a little.

If you don’t know the answer to a question, you can either say:  “I don’t know” or “I don’t know, I’ll/let’s go find out”.

If you are reading this and you are a teenager, there is a strong possibility that at some point a parent, teacher or other authority figure has attempted to pass on some potentially useful information, which resulted in eye-rolling on your part.  You decided that you already KNOW the answers (even if you really don’t – you are really just guessing or making assumptions) and are shutting yourself off.

Stop that.

Seriously.

You only have real knowledge of what you have been taught or have experienced so far.  Other people in the world may have more experience, more knowledge or more training.  Accept that.

If you refuse to learn, you are denying someone of their right to teach.  As I said, that is part of the meaning of life…to learn, teach and love as much as you can.

First, you must acknowledge that you don’t know everything.

Second, you must be open to the idea that someone in your sphere of influence may have the answers you seek.

And remember: people only ‘nag’ when they are convinced you haven’t learned the lesson yet.

So shut your gob and open your ears already.

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