Is Good Advice Any Good?

‘Be warned against all “good” advice because “good” advice is necessarily “safe” advice, and though it will undoubtedly follow a sane pattern, it will very likely lead one into total sterility – one of the crushing problems of our time.’ – Jules Feiffer (cartoonist)

I’m often asked to give advice, and (like many people) I often do this even if I’m not asked. The above quote made me think about the inherent limitations of this!

Maybe it’s better to have two different viewpoints – “safe” and “novel” with commensurate risks and rewards, with both being on an equal footing?


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