“The people sensible enough to give good advice are usually sensible enough to give none.” Eden Phillpotts
There are a number of reasons why people give unsolicited advice. If you have such a tendency, see if any of the following sound familiar:
- They assume that the person wants to hear their opinion of what they themselves would do in the situation.
- They had a similar problem that they solved successfully, so naturally they feel obliged to share it.
- They worry that, since they are the boss, they will look incompetent if they do not immediately offer their advice or solution to the problem.
- They know that they are expected to offer advice because they are known to be the “fixers”