Startups

Do we overvalue mentors and ignore advice from people that work for us?

Binu Mathew Founder & CEO of itmarkerz technologies

March 24th, 2019

Hi everyone,

> 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

Jens Straten Entrepreneur with German Ingenuity

Last updated on March 27th, 2019

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.

Paul Garcia marketing exec & business advisor

March 27th, 2019

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."