I'm curious as to what little nuggets o' wisdom you've received that have really hit home with you and helped you in your life/career.
Two that come to mind for me are...
1) P.M.A. - Positive Mental Attitude. It's something my father said to me as long as I can remember. When ever there was something I didn't like or something I didn't want to do, he'd always spit out "P.M.A." and go on with "the only reason you don't like it, is because you tell yourself you don't like it". While I realize it's not that simple regarding likes/dislikes it wasn't until I was out of College that it sunk in and how important it is to ones self and well being to carry on a positive attitude with what ever you're doing or what ever life throws at you. This was a huge help early on in my career, when I moved across the country, got laid off and was unemployed for the good part of a year. Not to say I didn't have bad days, but the "P.M.A." definitely helped me get through those days.
2) Never feel like you owe any one or any company you work for anything other than the work you put in every day. - This was said to me as I was telling my former boss (at a post house) I was going to leave and head out west to try and break into work in Los Angeles. Wanting to make the leap while I was relatively young (26), not married and no kids. He said this to me as I wanted to make sure I wasn't leaving him high and dry. I asked him how long he'd like me to stay. 2 weeks? 6 months? What ever he needed. It's then that he said that, followed by "If you need to take off tomorrow to start a job on Wednesday, do it. Life's too short. You need to take care of yourself" I never took that as him telling me to never have any loyalty or to carry oneself in a selfish manner. But at the end of the day, you're ultimately in charge of your well being and happiness.
I've been extremely fortunate to have worked at some amazing companies and with/for some amazing people and on projects that I love. I truly feel that these two bits of advice have helped direct me there. Maybe they can help someone else.