unwanted advice

Advice, unasked for, is doomed to be dismissed. Your heart in the right place combined with the best, most cordial intentions is no match for advice predestined to be ignored.

What if you see a loved one about to make a mistake? A mistake that you’ve made in the past, or one you were able to avoid. If someone you care about is going through a situation you went through and struggled with, is it not your moral duty to let them in on ways you coped with the circumstances?

Barraging that person with advice isn’t likely to create much of an impression. Determine the willingness of that particular person to receive advice first. Find out if there are any aspects in particular that they would like help with. Without knowing how susceptible your counterpart is, you’re pretty much preaching to the choir.

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