the hidden risk of taking advice

In deep thoughts, inspiration, learning, relationships by Jay Clouse

Make no mistake, one of the most important factors in my life has been mentorship.

But there’s a surreptitious risk to mentorship — and it’s when “advice” isn’t really advice.

Sometimes, “advice” is really a veil over self-validation. Instead of giving thoughtful, calculated, and unbiased recommendations based upon personal experience, sometimes people will simply give prescriptive “advice” that you follow the same path they did.

It’s fine to follow someone else’s path or decisions — but be sure it’s a path you truly want to emulate, because the outcome will likely be the same.


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