Today's lesson is brief and to the point. It's about giving advice.
You can offer many types of advice, such as:
- Advice from your own experiences,
- Advice from what you've learned in books,
- Advice from others' mistakes,
- Advice based on your instincts about a situation, etc.
However, there's one type of advice I suggest you avoid giving:
Advice that nobody asked for.
Avoid giving unsolicited advice. It may seem obvious, but you'll often find yourself advising people who haven't asked for it. You'll also receive advice you didn't request. While I don't believe it's usually done with bad intentions, unneeded advice is often ignored. Also, giving unsolicited advice can make you appear intrusive.
A relevant quote from Stoic philosophy:
You always own the option of having no opinion. There is never any need to get worked up or to trouble your soul about things you can't control. These things are not asking to be judged by you. Leave them alone. ~ Marcus Aurelius
Focus on sharing advice with those who are open to it, and remember to apply it to your own life too.
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