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Quora gives you advice from others: take it or leave it or offer your own

Quora was the theme of an MBF blog back in March 2014, Q&A on Quora And How Facts Are Being Shaped By Opinion. 

Time for an update, because the need for speedy, well-thought through answers that employ the collective wisdom of social media, the web and common sense are invaluable in today’s busy and often stressful world.

So sit back and consider the following picked from thousands, just for you.

One typical question on Quora was: What are the top 10 good habits that I should follow daily to have a beautiful life?

Quora promotes good habits

There were over 40 responses, but one which stood out said, ‘I am going to share 20 instead of 10!’

They included:

  • The world is trying to keep you stupid, so educate yourself for wealth, independence and happiness.
  • Do not have faith in institutions to educate you.
  • Read as much as you can, including mastering speed reading.
  • Connect with everyone, all the time, especially older people.
  • Don’t waste time being shy.
  • Hang out with people cooler than you.
  • Do your craziest stuff now as you will become more conservative over time.
  • Reduce expenses
  • Get status through experience, not objects.
  • Learn to program, cook and get a six-pack.
  • Set goals and do something big.
  • Sleep enough.
  • Get a reminder app for everything.
  • Don’t try to ‘fix’ people, find someone who isn’t broken!!

Good advice all round!

Quora’s Average to Awesome

10 Tips That Can Take Your Life from Average to Awesome, reprinted on Huffington Post (August 2015), itself a product created by people’s contributions.

Despite 10 Tips, in fact there were 11. That bonus one was Sleep. ‘This should go without saying, but sleep is an important habit. It’s ok to have those 4 hour nights every once in a while, but in general, getting 7-ish hours of sleep a night will do you good.’

1. Wake up when you say you’re going to wake up – it’s the first promise to yourself of every day.
2. Have a clean morning routine and dress the part – a morning routine includes dressing in clothes that force you to rise to the occasion.
3. A moment of mindfulness, meditate, sit in silence for 10 minutes and listen to where you are.
4. Take regular meals, eat healthy as part of your daily habits.
5. The little moments – take 5 or 10 minutes here and there to learn something instead of consuming or social media-playing.
6. Free time means free time – not working on more new projects; spend the time on walking, meeting a friend, talking to a neighbour.
7.  Manage your money – learn basics about taxes, stocks, investing, pensions, savings and overhaul yours regularly.
8.  Meet someone new – it fuels inspiration; reach out to people.
9.  Indulge and explore – discipline can finally become counter-productive, so explore something new, preferably with someone else.
10. Journal before bed – or diary your day in some form – sketches, words, poems, thoughts, songs.

The good Quora advice finishes with: ‘life is just a story, we are the main character, and if I want tomorrow to be different then I simply have to play the part.’