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W: What is the best piece of advice you’ve ever received?

A.P.: Be quiet.  Speak up. My dad always taught me to just be quiet and listen.  Let someone say everything they need to say.  And then still be quiet!  The other person may have more to share if you give them a chance.

It’s the only way you’ll ever know what’s important to them.  My mom always taught me to speak up, to stand up for myself.  Not to shout or get angry, but to just be firm, speak plainly, simply and then see what happens.

 

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