I read a lot of advice. I hear even more advice from colleagues, friends, and family. Much of it ends up in the waste bin that I’m sure exists somewhere in the back of my mind. Heaven forbid that anyone go there and start rummaging around! Some of the advice stays in the front of my mind though. Somehow it sticks.
The advice that tends to stick, and work for me, comes from people I admire. And I usually admire people who are pursuing excellence with some success. I think, or at least believe, they have discovered some principles that make their lives, jobs, relationships easier or more effective; so I pay attention.