Advice Origins

Everyone is going to have an opinion about your creative work.

Some genuinely want to help you improve and succeed.

Others are criticizing just to tear you down.

Knowing the difference is key to your success and mental health.

Not all feedback is created equal.

It feels weird saying that too much advice can be a bad thing. The fact that people are giving us advice at all is awesome, but not all advice is created equal.

Advice can come from places of pain: jealousy, fear, caution, recklessness, worry, etc.

Advice coming from a place of pain should be ignored or at least heard with a grain of salt.

The advice to watch out for the most is the kind with an agenda. If someone is trying to get you to do something or take a particular path in life, stop and ask yourself if it’s something you really love.

Do I want to pursue this because I love it or because of some external reason?

An older, wiser person who has been through what you are experiencing or something similar should have more weight than an older person who has never been through it.

Experience doesn’t always necessarily mean the advice is correct (advice stuck in the past, for example) but it does have weight and value.

If someone experienced gives you advice, it’s always good to pause and take it honestly. then consider how and if it applies to your life.

STAY BOLD, Keep Pursuing — Josh Waggoner | Daily Blog #1620

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