Every author wants advice -- it’s free. Those who give advice like to share their wisdom to help others. But, do authors really embrace the advice they are given?
Some eat up the words of others, believing they are in the know. It’s easier to follow a blueprint for success than to create a new one, or so those authors assume. Sometimes it’s just easy not to think and follow others.
Some will listen to the advice and try to merge it into what they do. They may not instantly accept all that they are told, but they are open to trying some things. They may exhibit a desire to adjust what they’re told with what they believe to be true -- and hope that a cocktail blend will do the trick.
Some believe the advice they perceive is good, but they’re lazy, procrastinating, or incompetent to the point that they won’t actually act on the wisdom passed along to them.
Some try to implement the advice, but fail. Either they didn’t really do what they were told or they did, but executed poorly, or they followed all of the instructions but the advice simply did not work for them at that moment.
Others will reject any advice given to them. They are stubborn and believe they know better or simply want to do it on their own.
So, what does this all mean?
It means you should be willing to listen to all advice, adopt what you are willing to try, be willing to experiment, and to try your hardest to follow through when someone shares shortcuts, proven tactics, or great ideas.
It’s easy to dismiss what someone says. You say:
“Ah, what do they know?”
“That may work for him, but not me.”
“I’m done trying things.”
“That sounds like good advice, but I lack the time or money to implement it.”
“She is successful because of other factors and not because of the things she advises on.”
You will keep stating one excuse after another of why you won’t, can’t, or shouldn’t try to follow the advice given. Hey, that’s your prerogative.
My advice? For once, act on an expert’s advice and give it a shot. I know: Who the hell am I to tell you what to do?
"Faith is the courage to face reality with hope."
-- Robert Schuller
“Most people's problem isn't knowledge. It's action.”
— John C. Maxwell
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