A large part of life is seeking out and getting advice from other people, which can be either good or bad depending on the source. The trick is weeding out the good celfrom the bad. Here are six quick tips to help you weed out the good advice from the bad.

  1. Anything which begins with, “I heard this from a friend of a friend” or starts with, “a friend of a friend told me once” is suspect. Information passed from person to person and then used blindly may not be worth listening to at all. Remember just because it may have worked for someone else doesn't mean it will work for everyone.

  2. Beware of any information given as a universal truth. Statements such as, “Everyone does it this way...,” or “no one ever does it that way,” are suspect and must be scrutinized.

  3. Steer clear of any advice offered by someone who thinks they're an authority. Most people who claim to be authorities are only people who love to hear themselves talk.  Also beware of celebrity endorsement because most of the time they are just people getting paid money for reading a script prepared someone trying to sell a service.  

  4. Also be leery of any advice which begins with phrases like, “everyone is doing it this way.,” or “no one ever does it that way,” because most of time the only the person who is doing something is the one talking.

  5. Another warning sign of bad advice a person who begins their speech with, “I don't like to brag but...,”or any number of similar phrases. Usually the person who is the first to brag about their accomplishments is the last one to take advice from.

  6. Do not listen to any partial or vague statements. Only having a part of something is not as good as having the whole thing. The same is true of advice only having a part of the information or getting vague information will do you no good. Get the whole story before you listen to the advice.

This list is not an exhaustive list but it will help you make better decisions in the future.