How often do you find you need advice, you reach out to people you look up to for help and their advice confirms everything you already knew, just in a clearer, unemotional way?
I realised this month that by using your experience, wisdom and mental modelling on others situations you can give great advice independently, maybe even to yourself.
Advice you give others:
I also realised that this is a feature of my relationship with my wife. We ask each other for advice on issues and the advice is not too dissimilar to what we would tell a friend/mentee.
She is great at keeping objective on me and I on her.
So this month while helping/advising two different people, I realised I needed to take my own medicine. The situations faced are not identical but are parallel enough that the logic and mental modelling is the same.
By advising these two, I have actually been able to identify and give myself great advice.
This inspired me to talk a walk and try to give myself some more advice on the most pressing issue I was facing. I pretended I was talking to a founder asking for advice, I broke down the problem into MECE pieces and gave a coherent step by step plan on how to address the issue.
Want to do this artificially? - if you're in a tough spot - pretend your child, friend, mentor or colleague is in that spot. How would you evaluate it? What would you advise?