I give really good advice – really. Ask me anything and I’ll be there for you with an answer that would bring Confucius and The Seven Sages to their knees. I have an abundance of experience. Most things that have happened to people have happened to me or someone close to me. I’ve been there, done that.
But do you think I can follow my own advice? Now that’s a different story…
Maybe I can give good advice because I’ve made many mistakes. I’ve stuffed up on countless occasions. I’ve said the wrong thing at the wrong time. I’ve bought the wrong thing at the wrong time. I’ve been in the wrong place at the wrong time (and lived to tell the tale).
It’s so much easier to solve a problem when you’re on the outside looking in – things become clearer when you take an objective view of the situation (another of my wise sayings). It’s easy for me to say, “RUN” if you’re being chased by an animal, because it’s not me facing those horns.
But if someone is trying to deal with problems that are not going to lead to imminent death, I tell them to step back, look at things individually, break the issues into separate boxes and deal with one thing at a time.
I recently saw this quote by Oscar Wilde and didn’t feel so bad about not being able to follow my own advice – “The only thing to do with good advice is pass it on. It is never any use to oneself.”
Do you have a gem of advice that you use for others? Do you follow your own advice?
While I’m here I’d like to thank Dan for his review of The Everything Theory