If you’re lucky enough, most people you meet over the course of your career will provide you with excellent advice. Unfortunately, most of us will also receive some extremely bad advice. It’s up to us to learn how to filter the things people tell us and decide what’s worth keeping and what presents no interest to us. Following bad advice can be extremely damaging. Today, we’re going to share with you some bad advice 4 influencers received throughout their career.
4 Influencers Share Examples of Bad Advice People Gave to Them
1. Be Fearless
While it might sound like good advice, being fearless actually isn’t. This is what someone advised Julia Hartz, co-founder and CEO of Eventbrite. Hartz realized that this is not something human beings can achieve. That’s because we survive partly due to fear. That being said, allowing yourself to become overwhelmed by fear is not an option either. There are fears which are irrational, and you should deal with these first hand. Still, there are also rational fears, and you should pay attention to them and learn something from them.
2. Growth Is How You Measure Success
People told Scott Harrison, founder and CEO of Charity: Water, that growth is the only thing he should be focusing on. In other words, if your business doesn’t grow, it means you’re not successful. This was an issue for him when in his company’s ninth year, their growth stagnated. Even if they accomplished many things that year, the lack of growth caused Harrison to feel as if he had failed. What he learned from this experience is that it’s more important to stay true to your vision than obsess over growing all the time.
3. You Will Fail
As insensitive as it might seem to tell someone that, you’d be surprised how many people have heard that from someone. One of these people is David Bladow, founder and CEO of BloomThat. Now, his company is successful. When he first started working on it, there were quite a lot of people who told him that the company won’t work and that he will fail. Even though he recognizes that people might have had good intentions, he’s glad he ignored that advice and kept on fighting for his dream.
4. Don’t Take Risks
Daniella Yacobovsky, co-founder of BaubleBar, decided to leave her job in finance and open a startup with one of her friends. As you can imagine, people regarded this as a risky move and advised her not to do it. That is not to say that Yacobovsky didn’t understand that there are indeed risks to quitting your job and starting a brand-new adventure. Still, despite the risks, she and her friend decided to focus on going after what they wanted. This ultimately brought them success. Advising someone not to take any risks might determine them to lose faith in themselves and never venture out of their comfort zone.
If you’ve ever received a similar advice, we hope you didn’t allow it to stop you from doing what you want. If you’ve ever given such an advice, we hope you realize now why it might not have been the best idea.
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