So last night, I got all annoyed at people giving me advice and thrusting themselves into my plan, but I’m equally guilty of it. In fact, I think giving people “helpful advice” is one of my worst qualities.

I work for an “information portal,” so I spend 8+ hours a day reading helpful advice. Well, some of it is not-so-helpful. But I know a whole lot about saving money, eating nutritiously, exercising and just what’s going on, in general.

I don’t like being told what I “should” do. “You should try running like this.” “You should download the new operating system,” etc. So, I try not to phrase my own helpful advice like that. “The new iPhone operating system is great! I recommend downloading it,” for example. Or “You might consider the benefits of starting your daughter in kindergarten at age 5 instead of at age 6.”

But since it annoys me so much, I think I’ll make it my New Year’s resolution to dial it back a bit. Not everyone wants to be corrected or hear unsolicited opinions. I don’t know everything.

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