With the explosion of startup advice columns and blogs and panels, there is no shortage of opinion. Most of this stuff is innocuous, some of it humorous and even a few border on offering valuable insight. However, there are several ongoing memes that are getting passed around like religion. Some…
“Apple designs Macs, the best personal computers in the world, along with OS X, iLife, iWork and professional software. Apple leads the digital music revolution with its iPods and iTunes online store. Apple has reinvented the mobile phone with its revolutionary iPhone and App Store, and has recently introduced iPad 2 which is defining the future of mobile media and computing devices.”—Wow. How’s that for a legacy.
Mark’s post (re-blogged below) got me thinking about how I deal with advice. Below is my take on what to do with advice. And then keep reading to see what Mark said.
While running my business, when people give me advice, I like to follow three key principles:
0. Think about the person giving you advice and what their track record is. Have they accomplished anything? Is he just repeating what he read on TechCrunch or did she actually build a successful business? Do they have the same values as you? Think about the credibility of the person FIRST.
1. Once you’ve validated the person, internalize their advice and then think for yourself. Independent thinking is key — meaning, sift and sort through the adice you get and form your OWN FUCKING OPINION — a.k.a. THINK.
Be careful whose advice you buy, but, be patient with those who supply it. Advice is a form of nostalgia, dispensing it is a way of fishing the past from the disposal, wiping it off, painting over the ugly parts and recycling it for more than it’s worth.