Exactly How Smart Are You?

“I’ve got a great idea for you!”

“But of course, you’re doing it wrong. Why don’t you try abc?”

“What you should do, is (xyz)”

We all receive advice, whether we ask for it or not.

The question is, what do you do with it?

Most people just won’t take advice, no matter how good it is.

Which is why these days, I don’t bother dishing out advice.

Hardly any point in it.

Last week I was having coffee with a friend, when Elisabeth showed up.

She’s a German lady, speaks four languages and has quite some clout as a business consultant.

But she is clueless about marketing or being a freelancer.

She sat down, ordered coffee, and explained she was sending her resumé to hotels, to see if there’s a waitressing job available.

So I said: “You could also forego that, and set yourself up as an independent consultant, you know?

It’ll be hard work and it’s going to mean writing TONS of content, but if you write well you can probably pull it off.”

She didn’t seem to buy it.

We said goodbye and I told her: “Think about it. If you want to carve out your own niche, give me a call. I’ll help you.”

I didn’t think she would get back to me.

Most people resign to their lot instead of taking action.

But yesterday she calls and says: “What do you suggest, how does it work? What do I do?”

“You meet me for a coffee and we’ll take it from there.”

Smart, this Elisabeth. She sees an opportunity, recognises a helpful offer, and decides to investigate.

Unlike quite a few other people who just push on in whatever misery they live, unwilling (and erroneously thinking they’re unable – nobody is ever unable) to make a change.

Be like Elisabeth: When you get good advice, open up instead of outright rejecting.

That is all.

Cheers,

Martin

P.s. If you want advice from me, I’ll give it, but you’d better act on it otherwise it’ll be wasted time for the both of us.
If you’re serious about advancing your business though, good advice is priceless. More details here: http://www.martinstellar.com/consulting/

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