If I had to narrow down the single best piece of advice my mama ever gave me, it would be this:
"People basically do what they want."
I love that advice. It takes away so many flimsy, half-baked excuses. It reminds you that we are responsible for our own words and deeds. It cuts right to the chase. There's no room for BS, and it applies in so many situations.
Thanks to my mom for giving me this great reminder that sugar-coating things isn't always the best solution!