If you’re at all concerned with self-improvement, or if you’ve ever tried to look up how to do anything on the internet, there is tons of conflicting advice out there.
Who is right?
The biggest trouble with seeking advice, is that (most) everyone is well-meaning. They talk about what they know, because that’s what has worked for them. The problem is that sometimes a key part of their life that makes it all work doesn’t work for other people.
Example: Health guru tells you to eat more protein, and lean chicken breasts are the way to go.
But what if you are vegan and allergic to soy?
Example 2: Successful person tells you that you need to get your Master’s degree to get taken seriously.
But what if you can’t afford a Master’s? What if your industry doesn’t even care about degrees (ie. most creative fields)?
The point I’m making is that there are multiple truths. It’s true that for me, my degree doesn’t really matter. But if you’re looking to be a doctor in the developing world, it definitely matters.
Even then, I’m making assumptions about your worldview and circumstances. I’m assuming you want a steady job, a medical license, and have morals. You COULD be a unlicensed doctor for gangs who helps criminals get patched up after a shootout, and you have no problem working for criminals or taking blood money from them.
So regardless, when you’re trying to sift through all of the advice out there, you need to make sure that the advice makes sense FOR YOU. Your specific circumstances, worldview, ethics, preferences, background, etc. etc.
Most people aren’t trying to lead you astray (except the cheats and liars out there), so remember that multiple truths exist, and the tough part is that it’s up to you to figure it out.