Advice on Advice

I’ve been reading Hugh MacLeod’s new book, Ignore Everybody. And 39 Other Keys to Creativity. I like the book and I like his point of view and voice.

Some of what he says I totally agree with. (“Good ideas have lonely childhoods.”) Some of what he s ays I think is completely wrong. (“Keep your day job.”)

Either way, what I’ve noticed about expert advice from successful people is that even if they are in fact expert (a big “if”), and even if they are in fact successful (an even bigger “if”), when they show you the path, they’re really just showing you their path.

It’s not a universal truth — it’s a data point.

If you like it, use it. But if you don’t, feel free to just keep walking.  Your job is to figure out what works for you.

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