Reject Most Advice

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regarding the guy that gets rich in five years. One of the tweets that you had on the cutting room floor was avoid people who got rich quickly. They're just giving you their winning lottery ticket numbers. This is generally true of advice, anyway, which is it's back to Scott Adam Systems, not goals. If you ask a specific person what work for them very often, it's just like they're reading out the exact set of things that work for them, which may not be applicable for you. They're just feeding their winning lottery ticket numbers. It's a little glitch. There is something to be learned from them, but you can't just take their exact circumstance and map it onto yours. The best founders I know, they listen and read toe everyone. But then they ignore everybody,

and they make up their own mind. They have their own internal model of how to apply things to their situation, and they do not hesitate to discard information. If you survey enough people, all the advice will cancel the zero. So you do have to have your own point of view, and when something is sent your way, you have to very quickly decide. Is that true? Is that true outside of the context of what that person applied in? Is it true in my context, and then do I want to apply it? You have to reject most advice, but you have to listen to and read enough of it to know what to rejecting, what to accept. Even in this podcast,

you should examine everything if something does not feel true to you, put it down. Set it aside. If too many things seem untrue, delete this podcast. I think the most dangerous part of taking advice is that the person that gave it to you is not going to be around to tell you when it doesn't apply any longer. Yet I view the purpose of advice as a little different than most people. I just view it as helping me have anecdotes and maxims that I can then later recall when I have my own direct experience and say, Ah, that's what that person meant. 90% of my tweets are actually just maxims that I car for myself that air them little mental hooks to remind me when I'm in that situation again, like Oh, I'm the one who tweeted. If you can't see yourself working with someone for life, then don't work with them for a day. So as soon as I know what this person is not gonna be someone that I'm gonna be working with 10 years from now.

Then I have to start extricating myself from that relationship or just not investing that much more effort into it. So I use my tweets and other people's tweets as maxims that helped compress my own learnings and be able to recall them because, you know, the brain space is finite. You find at neurons, so you can almost think of these as pointers addresses. No Monix to help you remember deep seated principles where you have the underlying experience to back it up. If you don't have the underlying experience, then it just reads like a collection of quotes. It's that gets cool. It's inspirational for a moment, maybe make a nice poster out of it, but then you forget it. Move on.

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