Saturday, November 06, 2004

Basic Ideas About Success Pt. 2 - Seek Advice Properly

Most people feel advice is worth what it costs - nothing. This is probably true in most cases. Do you want to know the ultimate secret about seeking advice? It's very simple, but often overlooked: Ask the right person for the right advice.

Let's say you are having some small problem with your spouse. Would it make sense to complain to a divorced friend and then ask their advice? Or, would it make more sense to seek the advice of a couple who has been happily married for 30 years? Obviously the latter makes a lot more sense, yet people tend to be carefree in asking for and giving advice.

Here is some advice that may actually be worth something. Starting now try to ask yourself before seeking advice, "what makes this person qualified to help". Also, to be fair, when someone asks you for advice that you are less than qualified to give, let them know and try to steer them in the right direction.

The one caveat here is that if you are asking someone who is qualified, then you have to be willing to follow their advice. I find it is easier to be carefree in seeking advice, but it has always been more productive when I seek it properly.

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