Unsolicited advice.

A lot of people come to me for advice. For a lot of different topics, but mostly things related to entrepreneurship and design.

Over the years, Ive grown overconfident. I dont know exactly when it happened, but I started giving advice even when nobody was asking for it. On topics I clearly know nothing about.

An example would be me at the gym. Anytime a friend works out without proper form, I make it a habit to stop whatever rep Im on so I can correct his form. Without him asking.

Its silly because who am I to tell him what the proper form is? Everything Ive learned is self-taught or from youtube. Im not even sure if my own form is correct.

Maybe the lesson here is not to give advice if people dont ask for it. Theres nothing wrong with giving advice; its just that if its uncalled for, maybe it doesnt make sense to. We can see it as that were either not sufficiently qualified to give advice, or that person isnt genuinely interested in seeking any. In either case, is it worth your time to give advice?

In a way, this post itself is ironic – Im still giving advice.

The people sensible enough to give good advice are usually sensible enough to give none. – Eden Phillpotts