“Believe nothing no matter where you read it, or who said it, no matter if I have said it, unless it agrees with your own reason and common sense.” ~Buddha
Sometimes it seems to me that we are collectively obsessed with expert advice.
But when it comes to the decisions we need to make for ourselves, the experts can easily become a crutch.
But no expert can provide that answer. Sometimes there isn’t an answer, and there won’t be until we act and then learn the consequences of our choices.
It happens all the time in the modern world.
You see a self-help book from a best-selling author and assume it’s a ground-breaking resource before even reading it. Or you see an eBook priced at $97 and assume it must be a valuable tool. Or someone offers you something for free and, in the end, you devalue it—if it costs nothing, it doesn’t appear to be worth something.
The value we attribute to people and things isn’t always an accurate reflection of the value they can offer us—particularly when we’re looking for answers to avoid the pain of acknowledging there aren’t any.
At the end of the day, we need to know when we know all we can, and then we need to act and own that choice.
All the good advice in the world won’t change that the future is unpredictable, and even counsel from an expert with a wall full of degrees can’t guarantee a specific outcome.
The experts don’t have all the answers. Sometimes there aren’t any absolute answers. More often than not the real answer is that we have to use our own instincts and common sense and accept that what will be, will be.
From Tiny Buddha