Being a K-Pop idol is a road paved with hardship and perseverance. If anyone is qualified to give life advice, it’s these 7 idols who have been through it all and are here to tell you what they’ve learned along the way.

1. J-Hope (BTS)

The path you have in mind is not reckless, everyone.

— J-Hope

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During an online broadcast, J-Hope responded to a fan asking for advice about following their dreams. J-Hope said sometimes your dream that can seem so big and out-of-reach is actually not as crazy as you may think.

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As daunting as it may seem, you just need to trust your gut. If you work hard towards achieving this goal, you can pursue the happy life you want.

2. Hwasa (MAMAMOO)

Don’t be too hard on yourself and even if the road ahead is rough, face it with optimism, looking straight ahead and facing it bravely.

— Hwasa

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Trying your best to remain positive and brave even during dark times like Hwasa will help you build confidence and eventually it will become a habit.

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Focusing on your own personal growth and being resilient in the face of adversity can benefit you in not only achieving your goals but in any aspect of life.

3. RM (BTS)

Everyone suffers in their life. There are many sad days. But rather than sad days, we hope to have better days. That’s what makes us live.

— RM

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RM acknowledges that life isn’t perfect, and in fact, it would be weird if it was. Without the struggle, there is no yearning. Life would just be at a standstill.

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By going through hard times, it gives us purpose. We learn and grow from these experiences.

4. Lisa (BLACKPINK)

Even if you don’t [succeed], you won’t regret going through the whole process. It’s better than missing out and regretting how things could’ve gone.

— Lisa

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Lisa believes that you might as well just go for whatever you’re trying to achieve. The whole process will enrich you as a person and provide you with an experience that you can learn from.

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Lisa’s full quote from ELLE urges fans to not regret their choices of giving up.

I dreamed of becoming a singer since I was young. In a way, I had a huge dream. Some people might say it’s unrealistic or silly. But you should dream big, it doesn’t matter what anyone else says. If there is something you want to do, don’t worry about what other people think, just trust yourself. It will be great if you get successful results, but even if you don’t, you won’t regret going through the whole process. It’s better than missing out and regretting how things could’ve gone.

— Lisa

5. Ong Seongwu

Instead of having a definite dream now, my thoughts these days are, as I move forward, I do not want to lose myself. I want to define myself well.

— Ong Seonwu

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Seongwu‘s perspective shows that it’s okay to not have a dream at the moment.

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Sometimes focusing on yourself and your own personal development is more important and will allow you to eventually reach out and achieve new things.

6. Taemin (SHINee)

Don’t forget: Do what you want to do.

— Taemin

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Taemin‘s advice for fellow SHINee member Kibum showed he is wise beyond his years.

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Doing something to get praise is not as important as doing the thing that you want to. You have the choice to do what is most important to you.

7. Hyuna

I can’t expect everyone to love me. That would be never-ending homework for me.

— Hyuna

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Hyuna is no stranger to negative attention. Her controversial performances, outfits, and songs often receive criticism from Netizens online.

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However, Hyuna doesn’t let it affect her. It is impossible to make everyone love you, so you might as well do what you enjoy and focus on the people who show you positivity.