How to recognize bad or good advice?


In life, we constantly have to make a large number of different decisions, some of which are relatively insignificant, while others have the potential to change our lives.

The ability to make decisions is directly related to our ability to take responsibility for ourselves and our choices, so it can scare us. In an attempt to reduce anxiety and risks, we often seek help from people close to us or authoritative for us, but we do not always get reasonable advice. It is important to be able to recognize these warning “red flags” in advance.

Lack of experience advising

Bad advice can take many forms. Unfortunately, sometimes people who consider themselves competent in a certain matter, in fact, are not. If a person has not been in a similar situation and does not have the relevant life experience, most likely, his advice will be useless.


You should take a sober look at those areas of another person’s life in which you need advice (family, finances, career). If the bottom line is not what you would like to get, then it is better to look for advice elsewhere. In a situation with problems at work, it is unlikely to be appropriate to seek help from a newly hired intern.

Experience is subjective

On the other side of the road, there are tips based on the life path you have traveled. In most cases, we tend to trust people who have experienced a similar situation. However, if a person has received an extremely negative experience as a result of a decision, this does not mean that you will face similar consequences. Just as someone who has successfully achieved his goal will be convinced of the opposite. But this does not mean that you will have the same favorable experience from interaction.

Both types of subjective advice may not be applicable to your circumstances. It is important to remember that each situation is unique, and the result achieved can be very different. It is worth considering both the good and the bad in each situation. A real assessment of what is happening is the key to making a decision.