If all your friends jumped off a bridge, would you?

More than likely not. Yet, if a famous entrepreneur gave you advice, you would more than likely follow it with little reservation.

Although jumping off a bridge and taking advice may seem like opposite ends of the spectrum, they’re not. Why? If you take bad business advice, not knowing it’s bad, you can end up spending extra time, effort and money that could run your business into the ground. Especially for a startup that has a specific financial runway.

In an effort to better ourselves and get further in life, we often forget that experts are in fact real people like us, and that their advice may not be best for our situation.

The purpose of experts and mentors is to understand the perspective of someone else who has “been there and done that.” But they aren’t perfect. They have made mistakes, and sometimes, they have their own agendas, like to sell a book and appease their ego.

Here are six experts sharing their best advice on why you should be cautious about listening to experts and, instead, forge your own path.

1. Steve Jobs

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life - Steve Jobs

 

2. David Ogilvy

Our business is infested with idiots who try to impress by using pretentious jargon - David Ogilvy

 

3. Bill Gates

Bill Gates Quote

 

4. Tom Hopkins

An expert is someone who knows a lot about the past - Tom Hopkins

 

5. Lady Gaga

Don’t you ever let a soul in the world tell you that you can’t be exactly who you are. - Lady Gaga

 

6. Bruce Lee

Always be yourself, express yourself, have faith in yourself, do not go out and look for a successful personality and duplicate it. Bruce Lee
The lesson here is to be receptive to advice and always be learning, but when it’s time to make a decision, don’t be afraid to listen to your gut and pave your own way.

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Ashley Huffman
Startup, technology and girls in tech evangelist. Can be found behind the scenes at Nano Magnetics Ltd getting things done. Professional @Nanodots builder and Guinness World Record holder. Fan of life hacks, Scrum and WOW, in no particular order. Self proclaimed Twitter addict.