I once read somewhere that advice is there to be ignored. I can’t remember where or when or who wrote or said it, but I quite like it. I like it because it pretty much means that you should try what you think is right and if you fail, then you’ve learned your lesson. And learning is the whole point. You can’t learn if you don’t make the mistakes.
Everyone’s entitled to their opinion
But an opinion is not the same as advice. An opinion can be offered by anyone at any time on any matter. To advise you must have experienced or at least know someone who has experienced or been through something similar.
Although, if you’re trying something new that’s never been done; if you’re innovating, inventing, creating, planning, designing, working on a new idea, a new project or a new venture or whatever the case may be, then how can anyone advise on what you’re doing if it hasn’t been done before or if the situation or circumstances are different?
I wouldn’t take mark Zuckerberg’s advice on how to build skis for cats. I might not even take his advice on how to set up a social network because my social network wouldn’t be Facebook. The lessons Mark learned through founding Facebook are Facebook’s lessons and following its lead would be the exact opposite of innovation.
Plus, advice seems to always be cautious. “Oo you shouldn’t do that”, “Oo I wouldn’t”, “Oo are you sure?” And it will always be cautious because it’s coming from somebody who tried something similar, failed and learned their lesson. But just because they failed and they learned something about the process or about themselves, doesn’t mean that you’ll fail too, especially if you’re trying something different.
You’re not them. You’re you. You might look at situations differently, approach things in another way or plan differently. You might even do everything exactly the same as the next person and still succeed because you’re you. Your personality may well be the key.
My point is that if you take all the advice you’re ever given, you’ll never try anything new, never break the mould and never innovate.
Take my advice on this one…