More often than not, Korean celebrities reach out to us through their heartfelt music with deep lyrics or their inspiring messages through dramas, films, or even variety shows. On multiple occasions, some of these celebs choose to address us directly with an impactful piece of advice that could change our lives for the better.
To help you acquire a clearer take on life and overcome the daily hardships that you might meet along the way, here are 10 times Korean celebrities gave us great life advice.
1. Tablo on the true meaning of strength
“To be strong is to understand weakness. To be weak is to have fears. To have fears is to have something precious to you. To have something precious to you is to be strong.”
From Tablo’s “Dreaming Radio.” Credits to blonotes for the English translation.
2. Yoo Jae Suk on the importance of education
“Don’t worry too much. You end up thinking later, ‘What would have happened if I just did what I was supposed to back then?’ You’re supposed to study when you’re required to study, but if you worry too much about the far future, you could end up forgetting to do the work you have to in reality.”
3. JB on failure
“Even if you fail, there’s something for you to learn. Because of these reasons, failure can also be a good opportunity.”
4. Jinyoung on making decisions
“Don’t hesitate in front of choice and worry. Everyone is with you, so don’t worry. Just look straight ahead of you as you walk on.”
5. YoonA on self-confidence
“As someone who went into society at the age of 18, I have something I want to tell young women of that age. I hope that you will have a confident attitude. However, you need to moderate as you could come off as arrogant. Confidently speak your thoughts. I hope you all will become people who treasure yourselves and say things that you want to do. When you look back on it later, there will definitely be things you gain from it.”
6. IU on defining oneself through their work
“The standard of what is ‘good’ is too ambiguous. Since you can’t make everyone happy, you should find something that is uniquely you. Then, what you have to do is to discover the people who like that unique aspect of you. Words that I like, my thoughts. If there are people who listen to and enjoy my work because they like those words and thoughts too, that’s when I think perhaps it’s a job well done.”
7. Seungkwan on parental love
“There will be a day when you feel how much your mother loves you. Really. When you see your parents’ tired appearance from the back and see how much of their life they devoted to you, then you’ll know. I hope the day comes soon when you realize that.”
8. Sojin on people hating on others
“You should spend more time on your own happiness. I hope you won’t spend so much time hating other people, and instead spend your precious time thinking happy thoughts, even if just for a short while.”
9. Lee Hyori on happiness
“It’s not where you live or how you live that’s important, but being happy where you are. That’s the most important.”
10. RM on the beauty of life
“Happiness is not something that you have to achieve. You can still be happy during the process of achieving something. So if you change your perspective a little bit, I know many people are going through tough times right now, but this moment could be the most beautiful moment of our lives.”
From the 2015 BTS LIVE <The Most Beautiful Moment in Life On Stage> concert ending talk.
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Esmee L. is a Moroccan lively dreamer, writer, and Hallyu enthusiast.