Small business owners often take advice from well-informed, experienced people. After all, they can be quite compelling, as they seem to know better or to know more. When following such advice backfires, you can find yourself second-guessing your decision to listen in the first place. So when the stakes are high, it’s critical to balance others’ expertise against your own intuition.
Give yourself permission to reject expertise—no matter how remarkable its pedigree—that doesn’t pass that test. By checking advice for a good fit, and acting accordingly, your integrity remains intact.
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