Michael Hyatt had a great post recently about who to listen to when you need advice. Here is an excerpt:
Here’s my rule of thumb, and it rarely fails me: Never take advice from people who aren’t getting the results you want to experience. If you don’t like what you see in the life of the messenger, it’s usually best to ignore the message.
- A financial advisor who is broke
- A social media consultant who only has a few thousand followers
- A doctor who is overweight and out-of-shape
But what if you actually need advice? We all do. Here are five steps I follow whenever I need to get high-quality, actionable advice:
- Identify someone who is getting the results you want to get. When I wanted to learn how to effectively launch products, I turned to Jeff Walker. Facebook? Amy Porterfield. Every area of life—fitness, finances, family, whatever—has people who excel. Seek them out.
- Study what they are doing and see if you can decipher the system. The next step is study. Notice how they approach problems or projects and try to piece their system together. What’s the logic behind it?
- Do exactly what they are doing—without trying to tweak it or improve it. There’s always magic in a good sauce. Don’t start tweaking and customizing what works until you fully understand it—otherwise you might miss something critical. Follow the steps until you master them.
- Try to meet with them to learn more. Sometimes we can make huge breakthroughs in person that we can’t make at a distance. If you can, it’s sometimes worth trying to meet with the expert you’ve identified. A personal trainer, for instance, helped me get much better results in much less time than I was able to get on my own.
- Get in a peer group of people who are all committed to getting similar results. We can reap massive rewards from building intentional relationships: learning, encouragement, accountability, and more. The masterminds and coaching relationships I’ve pursued have made all the difference in my success over the years.
I find it comical how many people want a great marriage, career, or fitness level…but aren’t willing to learn from those who have accomplished what they aspire to…
Thanks for listening.