Taking Good Advice

Taking advice
One of the main difficulties in taking good advice is that it comes from other experiences and contexts — like a language. You have to literally break it down into its components to rebuild it and adapt it to your situation so you can use it. Then build routines around the process to get better continuously.

Two options, then: 1) either learn to process information better so you can do the work; 2) or learn by doing with others who have mastered it. Either one involves commitment to change.

It is no chance that the two emerging forms of getting results through learning (since companies stopped training programs for anything that is not strictly technical and often not even that) are directly tied to 1 & 2 — get a grounding grasp of decision-making and innovation, and learn by doing through apprenticeship.

Good advice is for the taking. We make progress when we do it.

[This started as a reply to Brian Drigg's comment in yesterday's post on making creativity accessible.]

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