Tuesday Tips: Gauging If The Advice Is Good Or Bad

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There are many great people in the world that are genuinely trying to help you. Although their intentions may be good, the advice can be really, really bad. Acting on good advice can positively transform your legal career, so can you tell the difference between good advice and the type of advice that can derail your goals? Here are a few tips:

  1. Understand the motivation. If you’re receiving advice from someone who has a vested interest in your decision, be cautious. The advice could be good but it could also be guidance offered solely for the giver’s benefit.
  2. Do others you trust agree? Never take help solely on face value—investigate it and find others that you trust to weigh in with their thoughts. For example, if someone suggests that you shy away from a certain practice area because of low demand, you might want to ask a few other trusted attorneys working in that area before you make a decision about your career direction.
  3. What does your gut say? Intuition is more than just some mysterious power, it’s the ability of your subconscious mind to pick up on subtle clues and information that may not be obvious. You may not be able to figure out what’s off about something but if your mind is telling you ‘no,’ it’s best to listen.
  4. What is there to lose? After assessing the advice you’ve received, consider the risk of taking it. If taking the suggestion will put you at high risk with very little reward then the advice is probably bad. But if taking the advice presents high reward and low to moderate risk, then there’s really no harm in giving it a shot.

The next time you get a piece of advice, make sure that you carefully weigh whether it’s good or bad. They say that the road to hell is paved with good intentions, and rightfully so – because, in the end, you have to take your own path and map your journey. Subscribe to the Leopard Blog for discussions on law life, diversity, law firm insights, and other relevant topics.

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