“Speak Up Or Be Left Behind”

These wise words were uttered to me by my mother when I was a child. I was very quiet and easy going. I didn’t want to cause problems and deal with conflict. People took unfair advantage of me. I let this happen. I taught people how to treat me. I was a human doormat! It wasn’t until my early thirties when I grew up. I learned that if I spoke up for what I wanted and when I was wronged, people would have a new respect for me. They would know that I wasn’t a pushover. Oh how I wish that I listened to my mother earlier in my life!

What childhood advice have you gotten?