Throughout your career journey you’ll likely have many people chip in advice, words of wisdom, and personal anecdotes.
Some will be empowering, others challenging, and most will be just plain dumb.
A key attribute of those who succeed in finding a career they love is learning which voices to tune out and which to amplify.
So how do you decide?
It’s not as easy as simply listening to the ones who make you feel good and tuning out the ones who make you feel bad.
It’s all about who is giving you the advice:
If your spouse or significant other is giving you advice, sharing insights, or relating concerns you should listen. Even if their fears seem crazy and unfounded, your relationship with those people is more important than a career. You owe it to them to listen, value their perspective, reason with them, and make a mutually beneficial, win-win decision.
If your mentor (as in someone you respect) gives you advice, listen as objectively as you can, even if you hate what they have to say. What they say may have some nuggets of truth.
With almost anyone else, listen lightly, nod your head, and smile but don’t rely too heavily either way.
If your audience speaks, always listen.
If your inner voice speaks, always listen, unless it’s negative. That’s not your inner voice, it’s the world’s voice. And the world’s voice can often be louder and more insistent.
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