Write a letter in your journal (you don’t have to send) thanking someone who gave you great advice or a nudge in the right direction. Tell them how you used their advice.
Dear Uncle Sonny,
I know you meant well in pushing me to go to graduate school right after undergraduate school, but I had so many obligations at the time that I needed to earn an income first.
Looking back I probably should have gone straight to graduate school, because it took me YEARS to finally get back to school. But I eventually did and got my MBA/MIS. I probably would have been further along, career-wise, had I listened, but like I said, I had other obligations and a lot of pressure on me at the time.
Now, I am glad your talks stayed in my head all those years because I did accomplish that goal and if has affected my life as it is today, for the better.