ake it from me, taking advice – although tempting – is usually bad. Don’t believe me? Fine, take it from Karl Lagerfeld then, who once said “I don’t believe in advice at all. I have never learnt from anyone, I have only learnt from my mistakes.”
When you hear even just the set up “take it from me,” be prepared to leave it with whoever is trying to give it because otherwise you are about to take it based on someone else’s experience – someone else’s! I mean, sure, if you have the time to distil that someone else’s complex character into something comparable to yourself – go for it. But I’m telling you, your time is likely better spent gathering info from first-hand experiences and calculating a decision on your own.
I know, I know. For most of you this is unrealistic. Time is of the essence, time is money, time is more important than your first-born’s first steps, tick-tock, blah, blah. I get it. You’ve probably already burned enough precious time deliberating unsuccessfully for yourself. Well, there is a short-cut to good decision-making. And although 9 out of ten imaginary statisticians would deny its imperial existence, it’s more often correct than any advice taken: The gut.
I’m sorry to put your advice-pushers out of business, but if more people just went with their guts on more issues, well, and I’m calling it right now, “regret” would get dropped from Webster’s.
Listen, your gut is not only an instinct (close cousin to “killer,” “mother” and “survival” by the way), your gut is a god. An all-knowing being. Not just another co-worker with a point, or a relative with a scoop, your gut is YOU. Well, part of you. How much more personalized can an advice device get than an organ? People! I’m telling you, go with your gut. How do I know for sure? Karl told me.
Take it or leave it,