Stop asking for advice

Stop asking for advice. You cannot listen to your own gut instincts if drowned out by "environmental noise" (A/K/A "other people's opinions").

In this final installment in the series, I was reminded of this idiom recently by Elizabeth Bernstein's excellent article in the WSJ on the topic of "When to Go With Your Gut." (NOTE: subscription may be required)

Here is the CliffsNotes version.

If you solicit too many opinions, you are getting their gut reaction— and not yours. You may feel obligated to take their advice. Certainly, you should solicit opinions from your sounding board and recognize the limitations here. Often times, the advice comes with their agenda and not yours. So, proceed with caution on this one. After soliciting other input, I would encourage you to step back and be quiet. What is your gut telling you?