Here’s the Real Truth about taking Advice

Advice is the final product of a range of experiences a person has had. It’s important to note two things about taking advice…

Here’s the real truth about taking advice.

It’s goes for any advice — career, business, life, & health.

Advice is the final product of a range of experiences a person has had.

It’s important to note two things about that:

1. You have to account for the “Iceberg Effect”

The advice you read is the 10% of stuff that worked.

What you don’t see is the 90% — the trial, error, and failure — that led to the 10%.

2. Advice comes from an individual’s lens

Their situation, background, upbringing, experiences, etc. all play a part in what worked.

What’s my point?

Advice shouldn’t be taken as gospel at face value.

It shouldn’t be treated as a silver bullet.

Instead, advice should act as a hypothesis.

A question to be answered through your own experimentation.

First, you should compare it to your values.

If it aligns, then ask yourself if it makes sense. The best advice usually “clicks” as you receive it.

If it makes sense, test it rigorously for yourself.

Give it a fair shot, a decent sample size, and 100% of your effort.

Then reflect, analyze, and decide.

If it fails any of the checks above, you should drop it.

This goes for any advice, mine included!