Throughout life people will always tell you what to do. I think they want what is best for you, but they also want to show how smart they are because everyone loves to give their opinion. With so much information out in the world in the form of podcasts, books, and the internet blogs it can become overwhelming at times for people. For me, I am an information junkie. I love reading about the latest and greatest things that are going on in the world of tech, business, and health. However, there comes a time when there is too much information. About six months ago, I was reading tons of sales books to get better at what I do because I felt there was some sort of “secret” I did not know about in sales. I was reading so much that I was getting paralyzed by all the information. I was not being as productive as I should have been because I was focused what techniques I should be using from what I read in the books. Finally, I took a step back to see why I was not where I wanted to be, because I had all this “knowledge” but I was still floundering. When I took a step back I saw what works for one person does not necessarily mean that it will work for me. I know what is going produce results, but trying to use all the techniques I read about was recipe for failure.
Now, I am not saying reading and consuming information is bad, but you have to pick out the gems of information that is in the material. There comes a time when you know what is best for you, and you need to trust yourself. I think too many people are insecure with themselves that they look to others to navigate what is right or wrong. The notion of failure terrifies people so they pass up learning opportunities for someone else to tell them what to do. Embrace your inner compass and do what you think is right at the time. Yes, there will be times when you fall on your face, but learn from those experiences. The greatest advice I ever received was, “fail early, and fail often” Go out and test your theories and become the author of your own book because if you use someone else’s map you will take their journey and not your own.