Listening to the right voices

Listening to the right voices
Many times, in business as well as life, people get used to those who are close to them and begin to disregard their long-valued opinions and good advice. It is somehow more ego pleasing and entertaining to seek out and gather the ideas and suggestions of those from whom we wish to earn a new measure of attention, rather than those who have always freely offered it.

People often listen to someone not because they need the information, but because they want that person to like them or be impressed with them. It doesn’t usually turn out well.

Others will always have their own agenda when giving opinions and advice. That’s why it is important to rely on those who have proven through past experience that they have your business interests at the forefront and can be trusted to work toward your common goals.

Of course, we all have occasion to accept the opinions and information input from new people. So how can we effectively gauge the worth of unvetted persons?

Consider how the individual is or is not achieving success in their own life and work. Are they well respected and well spoken? Does this person offer unsolicited information and push their opinions on others? Try to find out how this person’s assistance has affected others.

We are interconnected to the people we interact with in business and who you accept advice, ideas and opinions from will make a difference in your future. Make sure that you keep that aspect of your business positive and reward those who have proven their loyalty and offered real support.