Thursday, December 4, 2014

When Should You Stop Giving Advice?


Alright you guys, I'll admit it, I struggle with giving people advice. When I'm talking to a bestie about careers, or relationships, or how they look in a new outfit, I just don't know when to stop. When one of my friends asks for advice I freely give my opinion, even if I'm not an expert in the situation (and usually I'm not). 

(photo credit Donna Gauthier Images)

But I've noticed this isn't always what people want. Most of the time what they want is to hear the decision they've already made reiterated by you. And I totally get that! No one wants to be told they're doing something wrong or that they've made a bad decision. But, at the same time, why did you ask for my advice if you didn't really want it? I would so much rather someone tell me, "You know what, this may be a bad choice but I'm doing it anyway" than give them my thoughts that are going in one ear and out the other. 


Maybe I'm overstepping my boundaries. Sure, people's business is their own but, would it be okay for me not to say anything even if I could potentially save them from getting hurt? This Think About It Thursday is a hard one for me because I really don't have an answer, I guess I'm still thinking about it.


So what do you guys think? Should you always give your opinion? Or should you hold back and let others make their own choices? Help me out here!

'Til Next Time

-Porter

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