Are You a Fan of Unsolicited Advice?

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I am a big fan of giving unsolicited advice. The problem I have is that on many occasions those receiving it might not be as excited or interested in what I have to say.

I make a living advising and helping companies and individuals create healthier online communications. Since I started in the role of a consultant fresh out of college people and companies have paid me for unsolicited advice.

Since I usually get paid for my advice I think I am doing someone a favor by sharing my advice (at no $ cost to people.) Over time I have come to realize that many people don’t like to hear what others have to say especially when they did not request your opinion.

Fan of all types of Advice

Being a fan of advice from people who wish me well and want me to succeed, I have learned how to accept and embrace what others say. I don’t follow all the advice, but I will analyze every opinion and see how it impacts my environment.

Occasionally, I have received advice from people who I admire greatly and this advice has come at the right time. Their words have helped me cross over big hurdles. In other situations I have received advice that has saved me from making a big mistake or getting myself into a toxic environment.

Do I still offer unsolicited advice?

These days I offer less unsolicited advice. I only do this with those I feel will appreciate it and are close to me. If I see a possible threat, I look for the most polite way to share my thoughts.  I make sure that the advice I am giving can be tailored to fit the person’s needs.

There are times when I see people ready to crash and burn and I have no choice but to look away. I feel that sharing what I think might create friction and create an unhealthy environment for our relationship.

If you are a fan of receiving advice, let me know. If I can be helpful in offering free business advice, contact me directly; the first 15 minutes are on the house.

Two Way

I am very privileged that you are visiting this blog, if it is the first time or you have been here before and there is any advice you have for me I want you to share it.

All Feedback is Welcomed

If you see there is anything I can improve, any topics I should write about, advice on how to improve the structure of my blog posts, or any other advice you want to share please do so in the comments below.



  1. Berni Xiong (sh-UNG) on December 6, 2012 at 9:32 am

    I too have given unsolicited advice in the past. Whether it was received positively or not, I learned that I’m just satisfying my ego by continuing to do this. Plus, like you said, there is a price tag for that exchange normally.

    So now if I’m offering unsolicited advice, it’s done in the form of a blog post, tweet or FB or G+ update. Those who want to eat it up will click, read or reach out to me. And the others who don’t care will ignore. Time is money. Spend your time on those who love you already. It works out for everyone in the end.

    • Raul Colon on December 6, 2012 at 7:29 pm

      @bernixiong:disqus I see that way also! I think that approach works better!

      I think the last two sentences are my main goal from now on! Un abrazo prima!