Advice: How to dish it out and how to take it.

There are two reasons why we ask for advice. The first reason is when we genuinely require some kind of guidance or assistance regarding a circumstance in our life. The second reason is when we are seeking approval from our advice-givers – that what we are doing is okay, that we are okay, that things are going to be okay.

If you are seeking genuine constructive advice (reason one), you should only seek out the expertise of a guru, a master; someone who has done it and succeeded.

When you find yourself asking the advice of people who are not experts in your field of query, then recognize that what you are looking for is probably not a solution – but approval and acceptance.

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