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Five Fountains of Bad Advice

When people give you advice, you need to think about the motivations that may be underlying their opinions. Shane Cubis writes about five categories of bad advice giver.

Kind of Like a Bad Gift Giver

There is the “vested interest” who clearly has something to gain from you doing something in a certain way. There are the outmoded people who give advice that just does not apply anymore. There are people who have inherently divergent values from you and thus are giving advice that does not appeal to your sensibilities. There is “Dr. Feelgood” who tells you to do whatever makes you happy regardless of any practical concerns. And in a stunning betrayal, the last bad advice giver is you. Your preconceptions of what you can and cannot accomplish could be wrong, so ask a mentor or friend for an objective assessment. To learn more, you can read the full article here: http://workinglife.org.au/2014/09/11/five-fountains-of-bad-advice/

About John Friscia

John Friscia is the Editor of Computer Aid's Accelerating IT Success. He began working for Computer Aid, Inc. in 2013 and continues to provide graphic design support for AITS. He graduated summa cum laude from Shippensburg University with a B.A. in English.

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