Yes, older people are agreed on the most important life lessons they want to pass on.
Karl Pillemer of Cornell University interviewed nearly 1500 people age 70 to 100+ for his book “30 Lessons for Living: Tried and True Advice from the Wisest Americans.” He asked them what life lessons they’d pass on.
What piece of advice were they more adamant about than any other? More adamant about than lessons regarding marriage, children and happiness?
Do not stay in a job you dislike.
What other important life lessons did they have for your career?
Another point worth making is advice the older folks consistently did not give:
This might be a lot to remember and ask yourself on a daily basis. What’s a quick litmus test to determine if you’re on the path to happiness or regret?
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This piece originally appeared on Barking Up the Wrong Tree.