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How to Decide Whose Advice You Seek

One of our members, a branding consultant, was having trouble with a client who couldn’t quite figure out whom to trust.

The client would get excited about the advisory she was receiving from the consultant, only to come back a week later saying that her friends and colleagues had a difference of opinion and now she wasn’t sure what she wanted.

This fickle pattern went on for months, and resulted in unnecessary stress for the consultant.

So, she reached out to The Upside Community for support.

Upside member Anna Axenov Shaus jumped into the conversation with words so wise, I had to share them with you.

She said…

Be mindful of whose feedback you ask for. If I tell my grandmother I want to run a marathon, she will say it is a terrible and dangerous idea.

But if I talk to a running coach, she will help me build a plan and will give me good advice on how to reach my goal.

In short:

  • Be thoughtful about whose advice you seek.
  • Surround yourself with people who want to see you advance forward.
  • Look for answers from those who have similar goals and values as you.
  • Trust your own ability to make a good decision.
  • Seek advice from experts who know the topic well.

Because at the end of the day, you are only as successful as the people you surround yourself with.

Erin Halper

About the Author

Erin Halper is the founder and CEO of The Upside and the leading authority on independent consulting. Since launching The Upside in 2017, Erin has helped thousands of professionals transition from corporate life into consulting to achieve flexibility, autonomy, and a renewed sense of purpose in their careers.

Erin has been a frequent speaker at Columbia, NYU, Harvard, and Brown and has been featured as a leading future of work expert on dozens of podcasts as well as in Forbes, Business Insider, Nasdaq, Crunchbase and many more.

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