We only live once. That means that every step in life is new and different. Passing from one role at which we have no experience to another is part of what keeps life interesting. But it precisely because each stage in life brings new, exciting challenges that it is so important to learn to ask for—and take—advice.
I’ve had to play many new roles in the last three years of my life. I was a graduate student in a long-distance relationship. Then I was a newly-wed just starting a new job. Now I’m a new mom. Each new challenge has required a lot of advice and help from a supportive community of women—family, friends, and co-workers. Receiving so much advice has taught me a lot about how good advice and how to get it.
Good advice depends on who you ask, what you ask, and how you listen. Read the rest of this entry