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We’re Quick to Throw Away Our Gut Instincts in Favor of Someone Else’s Advice

In: Finding Your Voice

It’s easy to defer to the experts to tell you what to do.

There are parts of us that are always seeking that validation, that security, that assurance that what we are doing is “right.” It’s why you hire the business coach, follow the advice of the lawyer, and let the person with the title call the shots.

But the person with the title can only take you so far. Knowledge and experience aside, there’s always an inherent limitation that you always have to keep in mind, and that limitation is simple: they aren’t you. 

If you’re shitting your pants, not sure if you’re doing it right, then that might seem like a good thing. YOU DON’T WANT TO BE YOU! But the truth is, you’re still the #1 authority on your life, your business, your preferences, your brand, your signature, your style, and your work as a whole.

We’re quick to throw away our gut instincts in favor of someone else’s advice.

But it might be helpful to remember that we’re the ones who got us this far in the first place—and that probably counts for something.

In fact, it probably counts for far a lot more than you’re giving yourself credit for.

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2012

Battle Cry of the Crazies: For Anyone Hustling for MORE

  You aren’t crazy for wanting what hasn’t even occurred to them to want. You aren’t crazy for needingwhat they would only deem a luxury. You aren’t crazy for demandingthat circumstances yield to you, instead of the other way around. And you aren’t crazy for taking what it means to be human, and turning it upside […]

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Dec 3

2010

The 67 Emotions of Unconventional Success: My Story

OBLIVIOUS When tears silently fell from Elizabeth’s cheek upon finding the note from her lover, 3 days before their daughter was born that read:  “I’m sorry. I can’t do this.” ASHAMED When classmates asked where my daddy was. I lied & told them he was Crocodile Dundee, and had to be in Australia to tame […]

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May 27

2017

The Anti-Trump Bar: The Way You Stand Out is By Standing UP

There’s an AWESOME new creative cocktail lounge in New York City called Coup. All of the profits are being donated to organizations being threatened or defunded by the current administration. Tips are donated, too. Guest bartenders are flying in from all over the world, no charge, to donate their services. And guess what? There are lines […]

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Apr 5

2012

Fuck Plan B. You’re on the A Team.

His name is Oskar. He’s Rastafarian. I met him when I first came to Costa Rica in 2004 and watched him trying to sell his paintings day after day on the beach, sweating, struggling to speak English to the tourists who passed by, working from dusk until the wee hours of the night to make […]

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Feb 10

2016

Nice Brands Finish Last

[x_blockquote type=”center”]I take it as an insult when somebody calls me The N Word: Nice.[/x_blockquote] Out of 100,000 adjectives in the English language, if the best you can come up with is nice, then I’m doing something wrong. It’s like spending Thanksgiving Day ripping out gizzards and mashing actual potatoes, only to be told that […]

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Nov 7

2015

Your Hatred is Wisdom

What is it? The thing you sighed with relief about this morning? The thing you didn’t have to do on a Saturday? The thing you exhaled about? (And maybe even shimmied around the room naked over. With this You Tube video playing. And at least two neighbors cursing you to hell.) That’s the thing.  Pay very close […]

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Nov 11

2010

You (Still) Don’t Need a Job.

MYTH: You think to yourself:  “You are no Chris Guillebeau; you should just go find a job.” –Fear expressed from an actual reader email If you’ve fallen into the trap of thinking you aren’t interesting enough, not smart enough, not savvy enough, not fill-in-the-blank enough, you’re, first, wrong, and second, ignorant of the way the […]

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