When you hear it, advice is just that, advice. You only know if it’s great after the fact. Wouldn’t it be great if you knew in advance?
The father of my college girlfriend once told me that digital electronics-semiconductors, to be specific-was going to be huge. That was in 1978. I had nothing better going on at the time so I went back to school, got a masters degree in electrical engineering, got into the high-tech industry, and the rest, as they say, is history.
Great advice can be priceless. The only problem is, when you hear it, it’s just plain advice. You only know if it’s great after the fact. Sometimes, as in the case of my college story, a very long time after the fact. Wouldn’t it be great if you could tell if the advice you’re getting is good or not? Well, you can. There are just certain factors I’ve learned to pay attention to. Some are logical; others are instinctive.
With that in mind, here’s my advice for you. Will it be great? I think so. But, as we both know, only time will tell. Here are five factors that will help you determine if the advice you’re getting will turn out to be great. They’ve never failed me yet.
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