Advice is like Pollution

I just came across a post on the Leadership Freak Blog (by Dan Rockwell) on Advice titled “Seven Ways to Spot Wise Advice You Should Follow”. No offense to Mr. Rockwell, but I think Advice is like Pollution. People are neither interested in accepting Advice nor Pollution from others, but they are always willing to offload them (Advice as well as Pollution) on others with ease. There is a saying in my native language (Tamil) which roughly translates to “No one has ever changed for good by listening to/ implementing others’ advice”. I think that saying is correct. For irreversible and right kind of change to happen, the decision has to come from within and not from outside (in the form advice). What people are in need of is not advice but contextual information based on which they can make their own decision.

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