Recently I reached out to an established writer for some advice. I wanted to talk to this person about my love for feature writing. But the talk never went that way. Instead this person spent a chunk of time tossing ideas at me; and not in a good way. I left our chat feeling a bit perturbed and questioning why I tried to talk to this writer in the first place.
You see, we millennials are an advice-seeking crew. We know that the decisions we do or do not make right now can impact us for years to come. So we seek out the knowledge of those who have gone before us. Nothing wrong with that. However, my question today is: When is the right time to stop seeking advice in favor of doing some exploration?
I love to explore the self-help section at bookstores. I read a lot of career advancement books, but I also like to indulge in the relationships section, and I can never resist grabbing a book on overcoming procrastination.
Self-help books are one of my fav guilty, indulgences, (who really wants to be seen carrying 10 books that are all about “fixing you?” ) but after a while all of the advice and tips start to boggle me. The same thing happens when I am reading articles online. Am I the only person who is all tipped out?
When I reach advice overload mode, I have to remind myself that there is really not one path to success. I can ask a million people “how they did it” and I’m sure I will take away some good ideas, but what worked for them may not work for me. What do you think? When do you think it’s time to stop seeking, and start doing?