3 People Who Give Good Advice

The way of fools seems right to them, but the wise listen to advice.

That is the NIV translation of one of my favorite Bible verses, found in Proverbs 12. If I want to improve, I should listen to those who have done it before me and accomplished good results. That’s one of the reasons I enjoy reading non-fiction books of the self-help variety i.e. instruction manuals written by experts. Why not get advice from the best in their field?

I know it’s not easy to seek out advice, especially when you think your current system works.

It’s like you have a messy office and while you keep saying you know where everything is, when you need something, you spend an hour just getting to the place where you can put your hand on it. Meanwhile, the towering pile of paper on your desk means you can never use an oscillating fan, even in the middle of a heatwave. Instead of continuing to justify the mess and wasting time with your non-functional system, why not get advice from an organization expert and learn a better system once and for all?

It’s like you say you’re okay financially but every 30 day cycle finds you with more month than money. Meanwhile, there are days when you try to convince yourself that saving is overrated because the apocalypse is coming soon. Instead of planning for a disaster and feeling disappointed when zombies don’t actually take over the world, why not find someone who’s doing something that allows them to have some money left over each month, you know savings, and get some working advice from them?

It’s like you say your health is okay but your clothes seem to have shrunk and you can’t walk up a flight of stairs without needing to take a break halfway. Meanwhile, you read health magazines while snacking on Cheetos and convince yourself that you’re too old to have flat abs and who would want to live like that anyway. Instead of blaming the weight gain on El Niño and the changing weather patterns, why not find someone who’s clearly enjoying the benefits of a healthy lifestyle and start following some of their habits.

In case you’re wondering, in the above scenarios, the “you” is me. Those are all areas where I need to improve, even though I have been justifying my current ways. Maybe you’re like me. Maybe you’ve been doing something that feels like it should be right but you’re not getting the kinds of results you want. The way of the fool seems right to the foolbut to be wise, one must listen and follow advice.

Three books that are helping me and that you might enjoy too:

What kind of advice do you need to seek out and start following?
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6 Comments Add yours

  1. Great line: “The way of the fool seems right to the fool, but to be wise, one must listen and follow advice.”

    And great Bible verse.

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Thanks for reading, Chris

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  2. My hubby needs mail-reading/sorting skills. He has a huge pile on the kitchen counter that drives me bonkers…

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    1. Run Wright says:

      Lol. At the risk of sounding like Dr. Phil, I think you have to make peace with your hubby’s habit of letting the mail pile up. As long as his unread stack isn’t hurting your ability to keep up with due dates etc, you have to find a way to ignore it until he is ready to do something about it.

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  3. Looks like The Productivity Project needs to be my next read 😉

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