The Paradox of Advice

You often give advice to help someone else make decisions in difficult situations, based on  your own experiences. There are two types of people who give said advice:

1. People who give advice and have clearly followed it themselves

2. People who give advice, but clearly do not follow it at all

Everyone has probably been both of these at some point in their lives and hopefully the first more often than the second, not that it really matters.

The funny things about advice is that those receiving it often don’t take your advice anyways. They may consider it and it may have some sway in their final decision, but it’s not as useful as we think.

This is simply because we primarily learn through our experiences or rather our mistakes. So until we experience the results of specific decisions ourselves, we don’t learn and we probably don’t take advice.

It makes you wonder, just how valuable advice really is…