The power of context when giving advice

Beware of advisors. Despite sharing kind, well-meant and honest advice they might be lacking context.


Having challenges, and being doubtful in front of difficult decisions is part of life. Anyone with a life worth living will be in these situations. At the same time, technological advances have made it easier than ever to look for advice, and crowdsource countless solutions to a myriad of problems.

One of the reasons we are naturally wired to follow the herd is to save energy. “Why should I make the effort of solving a problem which solution is proved to be right?” In deterministic scenarios, having easy access to solutions has allowed us to stand in the shoulders of giants and leap forward tackling more complicated challenges.

In less theoretical and more chaotic scenarios (which are the type of challenges we encounter in our lives), the variables are too many and weighted differently by each individual. So the technologies we use to look for solutions may present themselves as a double sword weapon.