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The fickleness of advice

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THE IDEA

There are numerous business courses out there that ask you to dig deep into your heart and memory to figure out what amazing life changing idea could be your ticket to fulfilment. There are enough people that will give advice on whether it's marketable (do your research!) and enough examples of those that did no such thing and obstinately walked to the beat of their own drum.

There's rules and exceptions. Always. See whether you might have your own memory bank of these. I had a friend ask me, in a time of self doubt, how things always worked out in the past. Oh yeah...they always worked out.

Self doubt. A deviation from my natural state. How many ideas went to the poo poo because of the background of self doubt rather than a clear sense of purpose? How many times did I let the self doubt of others cloud my idea. If there is one thing I learned from the practise of Ayurveda is that fear, anger, laziness is but a habit molded into a personality from years of association with the habit. It can be undone and perspective shifted.

Be yourself is about the worst advice you can give to some people.
— J.B. Priestley

The one aspect of tuning in to general business analyses seems to preclude a self assessment from both a physiological and spiritual viewpoint. By spiritual, I mean your personal belief system of how your world works and you in it.  A values system could be another word for it. By physiological I do not mean regular tests by your GP, although it could prove useful, but an educated assessment as to your state of mind and state of digestion from an Ayurvedic perspective - a body type system that helps you to understand your unique balanced state and the deviation from it. The reason I advocate the absolute necessity of such a system is that I have witnessed too many great ideas and people manning those ideas fall to the wayside due to a lack of self tuning.

There was an article from Business Victoria with the headline as to whether you should start a business after 40. It was in the affirmative but it really stated to me how there is a mismatch between the physiological ability as we age and the wealth of experience that could very well provide a unique sector of the economy. Yes starting a business takes all the energy you have and the drop in initial income takes getting used to. But the results provide for a different kind of retirement and added value to our community. As an aside, Australia also has cultural issues around age and sex. You would never see an article like this in the US. But I reckon things are changing.

So back to advice. I include the thoughts in your head and the thoughts in others' heads. It's about sifting out the real gems from the muck. It is possible to hone your own personal system to detect the goodness in an idea with a wellbeing system that is practised in the art of the "right path". Once you do it for yourself, you will find that you also gain practise in sensing the intentions of others', from your mother to your business partner.

THE QUESTION

Write down an idea - whether it's a new business idea or an idea to change something within a current business structure.

What's your state of mind whilst writing this down? Are you anxious, angry, lethargic, overwhelmed, whatever else. Is it your habit to employ this emotion when there is change or is your body telling you that something doesn't feel right?

THE EXPERIMENT

Without needing to understand Ayurveda, I'm certain you could already describe people you know and their general emotional state. Ideally find a person that you might consider - 

  • high strung/anxious/easily overwhelmed
  • intense, sharp wit, straight to the point
  • laid back, possibly unmotivated, slow to process

and ask 3 people you know foradvice on your idea. This, of course, does not take into account experience on a topic, however it is still a valid exercise on advice giving and the state from which the advice comes. The purpose is not to decide whether one is right over another - it's for your ability to discern whether the words are in your favour in comparison to the question you asked.

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