Good advice and Great Company are always hard to find, especially when you need them the most. Together, most of the times, they serve as a beacon to guide us out of a difficult situation. Many a times, we find ourselves in situations that we are aware of a right solution but we may not be clear or unsure of its outcome. In instances like these, good advice re assures and encourages us to take that step. This forms like a firm support for us during such tough times. It then provides us great relief. Hence it is recommended, that we are surrounded with great company that care for us always. The kind of company that we keep has its influence on our general behavior. At this point, we need to ask ourselves a question that; is the company that we keep keeping us back? Or is the influence of our company guiding us towards wrong direction? Few interesting quotes, which I thought would share here:
In giving advice seek to help, not to please, your friend. – Solon
Advice is what we ask for when we already know the answer but wish we didn't. -Erica Jong
“Do not be deceived: bad company corrupts good morals.” - Holy Bible
Good company in a journey makes the way seem shorter. - Izaak Walton
Needless to mention, our choice of company that we keep also reflects in the quality of decisions that we make; personally and professionally. Hence it is all the more important that we are always associated with a positive group of people, who certainly are our well wishers and can provide advice which aims to help us and not necessarily merely to please us. We need to realize that such a good company cannot be formed overnight and hence it is essential to build such a group over a period of time.
The process is simple, and is similar to choosing our best friends from a group of acquaintances from our past experiences. We for sure know that our friends remain with us through thick and thin, guide us through adversities, people that we rely on. Even with our good friends, it did not happen overnight. This relationship too at some point of time, at the beginning of it was a new one. Eventually it grew into a strong bond with an investment of time. It took a lot of sharing and caring among each other to get to the stage, where it is now a tower of strength for us. However, we did not make those choices aiming to get some benefits out of it. We made that choice because we were happy with that person around or mostly because we liked it that way.
Similarly, having such great company at the work place ensures to provide correct direction. Good advice from such people encourages you to take right decisions always. It also helps us enjoy our time at work. For bringing in the “Quality time” at work place, please refer to my earlier post: Changing What We Can at Our Work Place -Re Defining Work Environment.
Once you practice this and make it a habit, you will learn new things and evolve as a better person, as each of them comes with diverse expertise. When you learn, teach and share these best practices, you explore new horizons and discover new things.