Advice is an interesting thing to give because by it is opinionated in nature. It is influenced more by the previous experience of the giver, more than it is by the taker. Because advice we give is usually one of many possible courses of action, there will always be doubt in the recommendation. The only way of really knowing what advice to take, only becomes evident after it has been taken.
Where doubt is an omnipresent reality, the best advice we can give is definitive advice. Advice which is acted upon quickly and fervently. When advice increases self belief in the receiver, it is often more valuable than the advice itself.
I choose to take Constructive Criticism Advice with thanks. I do this because my goals are way more important than my ego.
It’s never been easier to be mentored on a specific subject, from experts, for free. There are even live feedback mechanisms from other interested experts. And most of the amazingly cool and informative stuff comes from blogs – just like this one.
But are you really taking advantage of this mentoring revolution?
Do you have a digital mentor?
Have you emailed the writer of your favourite blog?
Asked for advice / help, given them advice or help?
Are you passing on your skills by blogging for others?
My favourite blog has 25,000 readers a day. The publisher has his email address listed on it. When I email him a question he gets back to me within a day or two with an answer, a link, a blog entry or if I’m really lucky a free PDF copy of his latest book. The real value comes from the interactions, not the reading.
Smart entrepreneurs get involved in the conversation, they don’t just listen to the lecture.