Shakespearean-Yoda Advice

“If the CEO does not follow the cultural norms of the company then the cultural norms won’t happen.”

Stephane Kasriel, CEO of Upwork, from the Distributed Podcast

Why do we take the advice of some, but dismiss the advice of others?

The tone matters, of course. If someone is giving me advice and their tone says “you’re dumb, why are you (not) doing XYZ…”, I’m likely not going to take them up on it. The same is true if the advice is unsolicited or un-actionable. Even if the advice is sound, if all I’m getting is negative criticism I’m not going to listen.

I think the biggest contributing factor in whether or not advice is taken is if the advice giver has or is living out what they are saying. In essence —

Is this person following their own advice or not?

If not, then proceed to throw it in the trash.

I can’t count how many times I’ve seen someone close gives great advice (to me or people around me), but because they don’t eat their own dog food, so it’s not taken. And then, you hear the exact same advice from someone who lives it out— typically someone in the public sphere, an Author, YouTuber, Entrepreneur… — and suddenly the advice is the best idea you’ve ever heard.

The same holds true to giving advice. If you want to be able to help others and give advice that’s taken, you’ve got to listen and act on your own advice. “You should put 20% of your monthly income into an investment fund, like a ROTH IRA or Index fund” “You should spend your time more wisely” “You should focus on email marketing to gain more sales” Okay. Cool. Are you doing it yourself? If not, then you better start.

Follow your own recommendations

The same holds true in art and work.
Talking about doing something is not the same as doing it.

As much as I love coming up with ideas, if they are never executed, then they don’t matter.
Impressing people and inspiring people are two completely different things.

If you want to be creative, find your true fans and make a living doing it, you’ve got to create.

To take it back to middle school english class (I still suck at grammar):

’Creative’ is a noun.
‘Create’ is a verb.

To be a creative, you must create.

And share it with the world.

As Author Jeff Goins discovered on his journey of becoming a writer, “You are a writer. You just need to write”.

To be, you must do. (Wow, so Shakespearean-Yoda of you Josh)

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing,
— Josh Waggoner

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The phrase, “Eating Your Own Dog Food”

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