When you scroll down your Twitter feed, it can be easy to get lost in all of the selfies and silliness that are contained in the majority of tweets. These can be great when you’re looking for a quick pick-me-up or you just need to pass a few minutes while the elevator finds your floor, but sometimes the superfluous stuff can also get in the way of some truly great advice. It might be hard to think that someone could change your life with a 140-character post, but it’s true. From celebrities to politicians to companies, here is some of the best Twitter advice we found.
“If it isn’t broke, improve it.” @simplyreminder
There are tons of Twitter accounts that offer daily affirmations, but Simply Reminder succeeds by getting right to the point and being dead honest. This post in particular succeeds by tweaking a common saying that was probably due for an upgrade.
“When identity theft protection is your job, what tips do you share with friends and family? We asked our employees.” @LifeLock
Lifelock might not win any awards for catchy wordplay, but they still offer some of the best advice for protecting yourself and your family from identity theft. Unlike a lot of corporate Twitter accounts, Lifelock sees every tweet as an opportunity to educate its followers with easy, intuitive tips for being safe while on the web,b especially when using social media.
“Don’t you dare let their laughter extinguish your ambition. Turn it into fuel! Big hugs from one writer to another.” @jk_rowling
Harry Potter author J.K. Rowling tweeted this in response to a tweet from a young fan who was being made fun of by her family for wanting to be a famous writer. The fan definitely got the surprise of her life, and it definitely begs the question, “Who’s laughing now?”
“Today’s focus determines tomorrow’s results.” @dianaross
At 71 years old, Diana Ross is easily one of the best celebrity tweeters around. Not only does she offer candid little snapshots of her day-to-day life, but she frequently drops knowledge on her fans who are also working hard to be successful.
“I believe that working Americans should have the basic security of paid leave.” #LeadOnLeave @barrackobama
President Obama is the first president to really utilize Twitter to connect with the American people. If you ever want to know exactly where he stands on an issue, skip the cable news spin and go straight to the source.
“When’s the last time you used an automatic pencil sharpener? Give it a shot, I think you’ll be pleasantly surprised.” @ConanObrien
Does anyone even use wooden pencils anymore? So it’s not the most useful piece of advice, but talk show host Conan O’Brien never fails to offer a quirky new way of looking at the world.
“There is nothing I like more than when my comfortable assumptions get scrambled.” @pattonoswalt
Comedian Patton Oswalt has garnered one of the most rabid Twitter fan bases with his nerdy humor and thoughtful life advice. He’s like a big huggable teddy bear who loves to hug back.
“Decide that wherever you are is the right place to be.” @mamagena
Mama Gena’s advice is all about grabbing life by the horns and taking control of your own destiny, and this awesome tweet succinctly captures both.
“As you go through today, ask yourself this question: What’s NOT wrong? Notice it. Take it in. Allow yourself to be filled.” @geneenroth
About the Author: Self-help author Geneen Roth likes to use Twitter to change her followers preconceived notions about happiness and success. She knows that self-improvement isn’t always about changing your life, just changing your point of view.