The cost of well meaning, poor advice for busy executives

Ask most people the best way to get a raise, a promotion or a better opportunity and chances are they’ll say: “Just go to more networking events!”

Or - “Just get more active on LinkedIn!”

Or - "Work hard! Volunteer for more projects! Cycle with the boss!”

Somehow it’s as if randomly working hard on a whole heap of stuff, something will somehow magically help you find your next perfect opportunity.

If you’ve ever tried that approach, I’m betting you paid the price in terms of feeling worn out, worn down and then falling back into the trap of doubting yourself again.

Rejection is exhausting. And so is well meaning, poor advice. When you don’t know how to discern the difference between great or poor advice, it’s no wonder people continue to play a waiting game.

You're likely already working hard enough, so it's time to work smarter instead. And my favorite piece of advice is, “Stop being busy, start being strategic".

So often people are working hard at the wrong thing. Working on the right thing is probably more important than working hard.
— Caterina Fake

And that’s what this article is all about today.


There was a blog I wrote a year or so ago about finding the sweet spot, applying the Goldilocks Principle and using the Minimum Effective Dose.  It’s still relevant today.

But if you don’t have time to read the blog, then simply ask yourself this one question every day ...

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“What’s the #1 thing I can do today that will move the dial on my goals?” 

Then just do it. Nothing more, nothing less.

Sometimes less truly is more, and leaves you feeling stronger, more certain and far more confident about your ability to make better decisions.

Hope is not a strategy and knowledge is no longer a form of power.  It’s what you do with both your hope and knowledge that truly makes a difference.

Remember - smart and savvy truly is the name of this game! 


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