What does it mean when someone says, "don't get ahead of yourself" ?

Is that a nice thing or a bad thing or depends on the context?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    If someone would try to learn algebra before they knew any fractions, they would be getting ahead of themselves. They are skipping steps.

    "Bob, learn some scales before you take on the Brahms' piano concerto -- Don't get ahead of yourself"

  • 5 years ago

    LOL. Good point. When she said that she literally meant "full speed to the white house" where she will stop at nothing, and I mean nothing, regardless how filthy, disgtusting, belittling it is to her opponent, only so that she can go down in history as the first woman president of the United states and add a crowning glory for the Clinton legacy, i.e., two Clintons from the same family to become presidents, just like the two perverted, twisted Bush's. Thank god she will not make it. But had she? her poltics would have melded directly into the same ol same ol...but 2012-13, Americans would have no medical insurance (she's a liar, she could never get free medical ins. to anyone) NO retirement pensions, nothing. America, regardless of who gets into the stained white house, will fast be on it's way to a second world country.

  • 1 decade ago

    For any process that a person goes through, there's a certain order of steps that must be taken before going onto the next. As a very simple example, if a person wants to go through a door, they must first open it. Otherwise, they crash into it.

    "Don't get ahead of yourself" figuratively means don't jump ahead to the next step in a process without going through all of the prerequisites. Know your limitations. Otherwise you won't be successful at what you're trying to do. That might even be jumping to a conclusion without having all the facts first.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    It's just a warning, like don't bite off more than you can chew.

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  • 1 decade ago

    its pretty self-explanatory...its like, just work with what you can right now, dont go over your limits, ya know?...kinda like be realistic..dont put your head all in the clouds and try to do too much at one time.....another cliche lol..

    some ppl who say this may think that the person is being superfluous or arrogant in their pursuits

    and its not necessarily a bad thing--or a good thing...its just like a warning..

  • 1 decade ago

    Its like the saying dont try to run when you cant walk.

    Dont try and go too fast, or else you will fail.

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it means dont get ahead yourself

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