This Wednesday (September 26) my co-founder Johan and I held a company presentation at a forum hosted by General Assembly (the forum is titled Sydney Founders Exchange and has got the ambition to present “interesting and influential stories” from the startup community). Small talk between peers over beers, really. Amongst a lot of interesting stuff that was said (none of which originated from me) it was this question that primarily caught my attention:
How much do the people you ask for advice care about your problems?
Advice is awesome but think hard about who you’re listening to, why you are listening and where that person’s advice comes from. One great thing about opinions is that they don’t just occur out of nowhere; they originate from real-world experiences.
Why is he saying what he’s saying, where’s it coming from and how does it really apply to you and your position? Just remember that regardless of the position you’re in the friend on a roll will tell you to roll while the one that’s been burned will tell you to sell.