I have found a downside to being young. It’s the invincibility complex. Do you remember when I hurt my knee? That was the result of feeling invincible. And you see how well that worked out for me.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to punch fear in the face and conquer the world. I think everyone should live with that attitude.
But like most things in life there’s a fine line between confidence and stupidity.
And in a lot of ways I wouldn’t even call it stupidity.
It’s actually an unwillingness to heed sound advice.
My dad would call that not being teachable. I am not saying to only try something when you’re perfect at it.
Who has ever benefited from that busted philosophy?
Not being teachable is an attitude of stubborn rebellion against those who not only are trying to help you but also those who are trying to teach you how to do something the right way.
If you’re familiar with the book of Proverbs, an ancient wisdom book found in the Bible, a lot of proverbs talk about the wisdom of sound counsel from a multitude of people.
More often than not, I fail when I refuse to heed the advice given by those in my circle of counsel.
Here’s my list of those in my circle: My parents, my grandparents, and a few close friends. I can always trust their advice and I always seek it out before making a big decision.
Who’s in your circle of counsel?
Put the right people in that circle and you’re bound to be successful.
But if that’s the case then the wrong people will point you down a path of destruction.
It matters who your friends are and whose advice you’re following.