1000’s of blogs from real and self-proclaimed experts appear every day. Each asserts they have “the answers.”
Often, these answers are based on deep experience from the writer. We can learn a lot in reading those.
We are hungry for answers. Each of us faces challenges that are real and very difficult. We are anxious to find answers, often leaping to “magic solutions” based on the experience of some pundit.
But there are no silver bullets.
These solutions are based on specific experiences these experts have had, but have been generalized to address and attract interest from a broad audience.
But each of our circumstances and situations are different. While we can learn from generalized solutions or points of view, the really tough work is evaluating, combining multiple approaches, and adapting a solution to our specific circumstances.
As we look for solutions, it’s important not to blindly follow generalized advice or “guaranteed quick fixes.” It’s important to think critically about what works and what won’t work for us.
That’s the heavy lifting each of us must constantly do in learning, executing, growing, and achieving. If we aren’t committed to that heavy lifting, then we are committed to a life of following “bright shiny objects,” but will be unlikely to achieve our goals over the long term.
Read avidly, read widely, be skeptical, assess what works, what doesn’t work for your specific circumstances. Develop the solution that works for you and your organization, don’t try to copy someone else’s generalized experience.
Above all, remember:
“All generalizations are false—-including this one” Mark Twain