Get the Right Guidance: Why You Should Only Take Advice from Those Who've Walked the Walk!

ideas Jan 29, 2024
Geoffrey Moffett

Hey there, friend!

You know, life's a funny thing. One day, you're just cruising along, and the next, you're being bombarded with advice from all corners. Some of it's useful, some of it... well, not so much. But here's something I've learned (and trust me, I've been around the block a few times): Never take advice from someone who hasn't achieved the thing they're advising about.
Crazy, right? But hear me out.

I've had my fair share of conversations with business advisors from local councils. Now, don't get me wrong, they're good people. They mean well. But I often wonder if they've ever run or operated a business themselves. It's one thing to read about swimming, but diving into the water is an entirely different ball game, am I right?

According to Codie A. Sanchez on LinkedIn, this concept is an "incredibly underrated hack." And I couldn't agree more!

It's like asking someone who's never cooked a meal in their life for a recipe. Sure, they might have read a bunch of cookbooks, watched a ton of cooking shows, but until they've actually felt the heat of the stove, smelled the ingredients as they come together, and tasted the final product, they can't really give you a full picture, can they?

Before you think I'm totally bashing advice-giving, let me clarify: advice can be great! It can help you improve, provide direction and focus, and open up new possibilities you hadn't considered before.

But here's the kicker: it's got to come from the right person. Someone who's been there, done that. Someone who's walked the path you're about to tread and has the battle scars to prove it.

So next time you're seeking advice, take a moment. Ask yourself, "Has this person achieved what they're advising me about?" If the answer's no, it might be time to seek guidance elsewhere.

And remember, there's no shame in that! We're all just trying to navigate this crazy world as best we can.

So let's ensure we're taking our directions from someone who knows the way.

Keep shining, friends!