> Some time ago, when I was talking with Sean Johnson from Rabbit HQ, he/she said something that made me think long and hard about how much we focus on advice from different mentors/key opinion leaders of the startup world and how fast we are to dismiss the advice of people that are less business-experienced, etc. etc.
> *personal lesson that you’ve learned from someone working for you/younger than you/etc.
> Tell me about thing that you found true, that has been spoken by people that worked for you/that were laymen when it comes to your field of expertise
Good (and bad advice) can come from anyone. I am frequently amazed that people value advice from mentors higher than from people (or customers) they work with.
For example, I am working in the software industry and we sometimes get the best advice by listening to our customers.
As such, I am open minded to anyone with advice. Is it always great advice? It certainly isn't. But by listening to mentors, people that work for us and customers, I am improving my skills to separate good advice from bad advice.
And, yes, you can sometimes get bad advice from mentors and good advice from someone you just met in a warehouse. Or vice versa.
I also found that having some distance to a process might allow people to give good advise simply because they don't fall into the same think pattern everyone else is using.
Here's one I learned a long time ago and forgot about until recently. I do value it, and regularly consider how it applies. "MY truth is not necessarily the same as THE truth."