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Take it with a grain of salt – Nerdful Mind #109

February 13, 2022 by Simon Mannes

Advice is well meant, but often misleading.

When someone gives you advice, what do you get?

You get a condensed, very slim abstract of someone’s experiences. Classify it accordingly.

This means advice will miss context from when it was learned. And it will miss steps to apply it in your situation.

You don’t need to take every piece of advice to your heart. Some advice may even be correct and valid, and not what you need right now.

You always have the right to evaluate advice.

“Adapt what is useful, reject what is useless, and add what is specifically your own.” ― Bruce Lee

One thing is important: the further someone is along a path you want to take, the more you should listen to their words. Even if they might not give you the advice you need right now for maximum growth.

Reading Recommendations

Transforming Anxiety and Difficult Thoughts - Jack Kornfield

“Repetition, compassion, and the belief that the painful cycles of thought can be transformed all have a part in developing new patterns of thought.”

The Best Advice You Can Give

“Most advice is useless. It pleases the provider more than the receiver. It’s created based on one’s expectations, not on understanding others. The best advice lies in the eye of the beholder, not yours.”

Monorepo Explained

“Everything you need to know about monorepos, and the tools to build them.”

Weekly Mindfulness Practice

Sit upright.

Imagine a steady stream of warm, liquid sunlight passing from the top of your head through your body.

It fills your whole body over 2-3 minutes, starting with your feet. Then it fills your legs, lower body, upper body, arms, and head.

The liquid sunlight feels warm and releases all tensions.

When your body is filled, enjoy the feeling for a few moments before finishing the exercise.

End Note

I wish you a happy and healthy new year!

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Have a great week

Simon

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