Getting advice from people who are competent in a given subject is a vital survival skill during a crisis. Everybody has an opinion. And people in the know won’t share what they know unless you ask.
When you are devastated by forced changes in your job situation, the weight of cumulated debt, consequences of long-term sickness or underfinanced retirement or old age, you can’t afford to go down the wrong rabbit hole.
Those who thrive in times of crisis surf on the waves of opportunity and there are 7 things they keep working on, on their to-do list. Here is step 3.
Step N° 3
It’s not those who give the advice who will pay your bills if you don’t make it.
When I was 19 years I didn’t really know what I wanted to do with my life except I wanted to travel the world. I lived in Canada.
My mother told me to go back to the Netherlands where I was born to meet the family. My uncle was in market gardening; cucumbers and tomatoes. He showed me his red-ripe tomatoes, ready to be handpicked in his glasshouses as well as several of his inventions.
And like a good American, I drooled with compliments telling him how smart he was. But in the middle of it, he interrupted me briskly. “Shut up! You don’t know what you are talking about. If an expert in market gardening came here to say something nice, it would be a real compliment. But you, just shut up! You don’t know anything about it”!
At that moment, I felt hurt by his words...
The hurt I felt by his reaction had me miss an opportunity to become a millionaire by the time I was 25. My uncle saw I was a hard worker and he had a proposition for me. He would finance and have me benefit from his experience. And I would do the work in his glass houses. We would share the profits 50/50. But I had no desire to work with a tyrant.
Nevertheless, I learned a very important lesson for life. From that moment on if family or friends gave me advice about something; I always asked myself the question:
- Do they know what they are talking about?
- Have they already gone the way I’m about to undertake?
- If I take their advice and it doesn’t work out, will they pay the bills?
Don’t waste any time with negative counseling coming from those around you without checking that they are qualified to do so. Your opinion is as good as theirs, isn’t it?
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