Have you ever received unsolicited advice from someone else who has the best of intentions but lacks the experience or credibility?
Jim Rohn said that you are the average of the 5 people you spend the most time with.
Hence, it’s really crucial for you to be well aware of who you surround yourself with and what kind of advice you allow yourself to listen to.
The Boston Medical Center reports that about 45 million Americans diet each year and spend approximately $33 billion on weight loss products.
On the other side of the world, a survey by the Australian Bureau of Statistics found that over 2.3 million aged 15 years and above are on a diet to lose weight or for other health-related reasons.
So if people are willing and are readily paying attention to the things they put in their mouths, how about the things that they put in their minds?
Be careful of where you get your advice from.
I’ve seen this too many times.
I’ve seen job seekers hanging out among themselves, spending too much time with fellow unemployed friends and telling one another that they should do this or that, instead of paying attention to the careers advisor, HR manager or recruiter.
I’ve seen aspiring entrepreneurs listen to their uncle who works in the government service and who has absolutely no experience in running a business. He just has lots of ideas which he projects onto the entrepreneur. He tells people to do this or that in business, when he doesn’t even do anything himself.
I’ve seen people who are struggling with their finances going around and giving budgeting and financial advice.
I’ve seen people who are single give dating and relationship advice to those around them.
I’ve seen people who are sitting on the sidelines acting as critics to those who are slugging it out on the frontlines. They say things like the player should do this or that, perform the pass at this time and run faster for the ball, when the only running they do is to catch the train.
I’ve seen well-meaning friends tell their other friends (who are hustling and wanting to make things happen) to chill out, relax and take it easy, when they themselves are just putting in the minimum and scrapping through at work.
If you want to run well, seek those who gallop.
If you want to jump well, seek those who leapfrog.
If you want to fly well, seek those who soar.
Invest in yourself well because you are worth it and because you are your greatest asset.
If people can put make up on their faces, how about making up their minds?
If people can readily upgrade their phones, how about upgrading their lives?
Who should you seek to get your advice from?