Blake Lively may appear to have made her fair share of strategic moves and opted for plenty of decent choices — especially if her award-winning career and the fact that she’s married to Ryan Reynolds are any indication. That’s why we can only assume that, along with her own skills and know-how, she’s had some stellar guidance along the way. But it turns out that the best advice she’s ever received may have actually been a lie.

Blake Lively

Chatting with eTalk, the mama-of-two revealed that it was her own mother who gave her the most valuable advice of her life, saying, “Whatever it was, whether I was doing a school project, I was doing something creative, she would always say, ‘You can’t mess it up.’”

However, the 29-year-old admits that the statement isn’t exactly accurate. In fact, it’s downright untrue. “I mean, I could mess it up really severely,” she added.

Blake Lively and Ryan Reynolds with kids

Thankfully for Lively, the words of wisdom (however true or not) were exactly what she needed. She revealed, “[J]ust the fact that she told me I couldn’t [mess it up] almost made me feel like I couldn’t.” Because of that, the actress explained, “I took risks and I would do things I otherwise would have limited myself with.”

So, there we have it. True or false, the advice Blake Lively received definitely had a positive outcome. Thanks, mom!

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(h/t Cosmopolitan; photos via Nicholas Hunt + Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty)