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Advice My Parents Gave Me and Other Lessons I Learned From My Mistakes
by Rodolfo G. Costa   

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Publisher:  CreateSpace ISBN-10:  1466311053 Type: 


Copyright:  11/24/2009 ISBN-13:  9781466311053

409 Thoughts, Quotes, Lessons, Ideas, Suggestions, Reminders, Words of Advice and Encouragement to Lead a Successful, Rewarding, Peaceful, Happy, and Fulfilling Life.


When it Comes To Gift Giving They Say That The Thought Is What Counts ...    What About 409 Thoughts ...?

 Some people just need a little motivation and reassurance to allow themselves to see beyond what others think is possible, wise, or practical, while others just need a little inspiration to use their imagination wisely so they can become part of a solution not part of a problem. Advice My Parents Gave Me, and Other Lessons I Learned From My Mistakes—may just provide that motivation, reassurance, and inspiration—409 practical, thought-provoking, “bite-sized” ideas and suggestions to encourage the reader to move forward to a successful and happy life, while becoming a better person in the process.



This book is a collection of 409 thoughts, quotes, lessons, ideas, suggestions, reminders, words of advice and encouragement about life in general that were passed on to me by my parents or that I learned at one time or another throughout my life. It includes lessons I have learned from my mistakes and from my share of problems and setbacks. It touches on attitude, goals, responsibility, persistence, success, relationships, planning, personal/spiritual growth, and fulfillment.

This book is about seeing and experiencing life in a different way, about growing and evolving as a person and human being. You may already know, or may have heard, some of the advice, ideas, and lessons you are about to read. I hope and wish you are already implementing them in your life, but if not, perhaps you just need a little reminding—we all do. You may be reading some of the lessons for the first time. You may not agree with some of them. That is fine—we do not always share the same opinions and ideas—but I hope this book inspires you to think and reflect about your own life, your dreams, your goals, your aspirations, your circumstances, and your relationships. I want you to build the courage to create your own ideas, and to live your life to the fullest, striving to reach all of your dreams and goals, whatever they may be, so you can become a better, and more fulfilled, person than you were before. I want you to enjoy your family, your friends, and your time alone, to “slow down to smell the roses” and enjoy your life in general.


1 Life is wonderful, life is horrible, life is fabulous, life is terrible, life is great, life is awful, life is challenging, life is “a piece of cake”, life is unfair, life is beautiful, life is ugly, life is tough, life is easy … In reality, life is whatever you make it.

2 The way you feel is a decision that you make every day. It is sometimes a conscious decision and sometimes an unconscious one. Be more in touch with your thoughts and feelings and make the decision to start every day, in a positive and optimistic way.

3 There is a choice in every situation you face. You can see it in either a positive or a negative way. You can feel happy or you can feel miserable—the choice is always yours.

4 Your attitude is everything. Always try to maintain a positive attitude about things. This will help you build the courage to change things, it will help you find the serenity to accept things you cannot change, and it will give you the wisdom to know the difference. Gain power over your attitude.

5 Work on your attitude. Learn to control it before it controls you.

6 A positive attitude is far more important than aptitude for a successful life.

7 You cannot change a lot of things that happen in your life, but you can always change how you react to what happens in your life.

8 Do not focus and waste your energy on the “little problems” of your daily life. Do not allow yourself to make them bigger than they are.


116 Free yourself from self-doubt. Who are you not to create the life you want? Who are you not to achieve greatness? Who are you not to realize your dreams?

117 Never worry that your dreams are too big or your goals are too high. You may not achieve them all, but you will achieve far, far more than you have expected, and you will become a better and a more fulfilled person in the process.

118 Do not overestimate problems and do not underestimate your abilities.

119 When you face a new challenge, you have the opportunity to discover your own unique potential.

120 Be brave. Remember that bravery is not the lack of fear but the ability to move forward in spite of fear.

121 There are many things in life that we do not accomplish and many opportunities that we miss because of our fear to lose.

122 Sometimes it is very hard not to feel fear and sometimes our fears cause us to impose limitations on ourselves, but we can eliminate and conquer them by just continuing to move forward.

123 For some people, their fear to lose is greater than their desire to succeed, so they end up doing nothing and their dreams become impossible.

124 Make your desire to succeed stronger than your fear to lose.

125 Fear is good because it helps you to be cautious, but never let fear paralyzed you, otherwise you will not be able to progress and accomplish what you want.

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"This book is easy-to-read and loaded with wit, wisdom, and insights to enrich your life."

- Brian Tracy - author of No Excuses

"Readers will be inspired to reevaluate their own lives attitudes and motivations ... Hartford Books Examiner dares you to pick up Advice My Parents Gave Me… and begin your own journey toward self-discovery and fulfillment. These 409 ideas are thought-provoking and may just provide the impetus you need to make that change."

- John Valeri - Hartford Books Examiner

"Gems of wisdom. This is my kind of book. It's to the point, easy to digest, thought-provoking, and filled with gems of wisdom ... a wonderful little book that I will keep on my night table for a long time."

- Dr. Alan Gettis - author of The Happiness Solution

"This would make a perfect gift to new parents or anyone who needs a light push to take risks to pursue their dreams. “In the end, you will never regret the things you have done, but you will regret the things you haven’t done.” Rodolfo Costa from Advice My Parents Gave Me and Other Lessons I Learned from My Mistakes ... I’m keeping it next to my computer and I will be tweeting his quotes out weekly. Really, they are that good."


"A wonderful wealth of knowledge ... the ideas are straightforward, encouraging, insightful, and just plain right. This book is a great motivator for anyone looking for a way to channel their desires and ambitions into reality."

- Luxuryreading - Kristen B.

“This is a nice collection of thoughts and lessons on life. I gave it an overall A and thought it very fitting reading for this day and age ... Advice My Parents Gave Me and Other Lessons I Learned from My Mistakes by Rodolfo Costa will appeal to anyone that is interested in ideas to better one’s self."

- Reader Views - William Phenn

"Live your dream life. This book is really about being happier and living a more fulfilling life. Within the pages there is so much positive encouragement that is so needed in our society today. I sometimes feel that I have to fight the world to be positive so this book was a much needed respite. Highly Recommended to help you keep your New Year's resolutions! "

- Rebecca Johnson

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Reviewed by LAURI CRUMLEY COATES 2/3/2010
Advice My Parents Gave Me: and Other Lessons
I Learned from My Mistakes
Author: Rodolfo Costa
Publisher: AuthorHouse
ISBN: 978-1-4490-2552-6

This is a truly entertaining, delightful and thought provoking collection of 409 quotes, lessons, thoughts, words of advice and encouragement. The author gleaned these from his own life experiences and a far-ranging variety of sources.

Reading this book will offer a venue into looking at your own life experiences, past mistakes, family history and future aspirations. By taking the time to read this book, page by page or section at a time, you can find the determination, motivation and understanding you need to move forward in your life.

I think this book would be a wonderful tool for personal reflection and future reference; to take from your bookshelf like an old and caring friend when you need encouragement, a boost of determination, or just a thought-provoking meditation to help you remind yourself what is truly important in your life. I plan to keep it in mind as an excellent gift for an upcoming graduate or a friend pondering a change of circumstance in their own life.

Reviewed by Grady Harp 1/24/2010
Don't Judge a Book by its Cover

Were the casual reader to browse the shelves of books in the self help section of either brick and mortar bookstores or online resources such as, this little book would like go unnoticed. The cover is plain, not eye catching in design or in reaching out to the viewer, and would likely be passed over as yet another 'one man's guide to happiness'. And what a mistake that would be! ADVICE MY PARENTS GAVE ME AND OTHER LESSONS I LEARNED FROM MY MISTAKES may not grab the attention readily, but pause and open this little straight forward caring guide, read the tender Introduction by author Rodolfo Costa in which he relates his childhood in Peru and journey to the US at age nineteen to find his place in the world in the USA, and then follow the simple but poignant format of his delivery, and chances are this book will become one of those sources of inspiration to keep by the bedside for years to come. Though he does not dwell on the bumps in the road that brought to the point of wanting to share his discovery of living a successful and fulfilling life, Costa suggests that his journey has not been easy: this lack of whining dialogue about how unfair life has been until he reached a point of enlightenment makes this book even more unique.

What Rodolfo Costa has done is think through all of the steps and missteps we face as we design our own existence. He pauses now and then for some quotes by other writers that magnify the next door of acceptance through which he invites us to step. But it is the simple structure of the book - 409 thoughts in 112 pages - that is so appealing. Some readers may decide to take only a few pages a day to read: the book could easily afford this approach. But for this reader, taking the time to read the entire book in one sitting gives the aura of what Rodolfo Costa is all about - a tender, caring, loving man who genuinely seeks to help the reader find the happiest, most fulling life possible. 'Do not wait any longer. Take charge of your life. Set your mind to start now. Forget about the past - it is gone. Do not worry about the future - it is not here yet. Create the desire to change your current circumstances. Nobody is going to do it for you.'

Once under the very basic but sure guidance of Costa's reasons for wanting to write this book, it then becomes easy to take a few of his ideas at a time, finding that despite the fact that many of the ideas are not original with Costa, the manner in which he describes them, challenges us, and offers a supportive spirit is very real, very now. Looking for inner peace and for a way to find your dreams? Rodolfo Costa is a beneficent guide. Don't pass by the bland cover of this book. It is a treasure. Grady Harp

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