By David Peel
As an injury lawyer, I give quite a bit of advice. The very title of this article may seem ironic in that it contains advice about taking advice.
Most people only consider one factor when hearing advice from someone: Do I trust this person? That is good, but it’s only one of two questions that you should ask. The second is, “Do I trust the basis for this advice?” For instance, your own mother may forward you an email about a Nigerian ruler wanting to send her a million dollars. You trust her, but do you trust the underlying email? Of course you would not.
A good scare is worth more to a man than good advice. ~Edgar Watson Howe, Country Town Sayings, 1911
If you or a loved one has been “burned” by a slick salesman, or hoodwinked by a telemarketer, that experience can save you bundles. You are also a walking billboard for the old saying, “if it seems too good to be true, it probably is.”
At least one point of advice is too save you making every possible mistake you can ever make. One does not have the time, patience or the money to do so.
It is more easy to be wise for others than for ourselves. ~François Duc de La Rochefoucauld
We can usually give advice to others more easily than take it ourselves. Every doctor still smoking cigarettes is a testament to that. Part of why we seek advice is often flawed, as well. Sometimes, we are simply hoping to confirm whatever we already want to hear. Instinctually, we tend to reject that which does not line up with whatever we have concluded.
I never had a man come to me for advice yet, but what I soon discovered that he thought more of his own opinion than he did of mine. ~Josh Billings
Also, realize that the advice you hear is drawn from the advice-giver’s own biases, experiences and knowledge.
For instance, I could show you on paper why a time-share is usually a poor investment.
However, if you just returned from the best vacation of your life in one, you might quickly dismiss my concerns. I can show you that air travel is abundantly safe, according to statistics.
However, if you lost a family member in a plane crash I might be speaking to a deaf ear.
Maybe that is why the Greatest Teacher of all often said, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.”
Peel seeks justice for those injured in car accidents, work place incidents, medical malpractice, and nursing homes. He often addresses churches, clubs and groups without charge. Peel may be reached through PeelLawFirm.com wherein other articles may be accessed.
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