“Most of us ask for advice when we know the answer but we want a different one.”

—Ivern Ball


Ask For Advice, But Follow Your Own Instincts

Family, friends, and role models can be a valuable resource when it comes to making decisions. People are usually flattered to be asked their opinion and it is often helpful to get fresh perspective on a challenge, new situation, or change in direction. Going through the pros and cons of a scenario can be easier with a good sounding board, but the best advice is often the advice you give yourself when you’re talking with someone you trust and respect.

Good advice is priceless, and bad advice is an opportunity to learn to trust yourself. So take the advice of others when it seems to fit; but always go with your gut. Never underestimate hunches, gut feelings, and intuition. Learning to trust those leads will pay off.


Running ideas by a family member, even if they don’t know my industry, is a strategy I use because I find I need to verbalize the creative idea that I just received.