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Advice vs. Support

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If you are a control freak or perhaps just naturally a private person, help can truly be a four-letter word.  However, not being willing to ask for help can be much worse.

I had a conversation with someone recently that was going through a tough time.  I offered my help by trying to talk the issue out with him, but he wasn’t willing to go into the issue other than at the surface level.  He told me that the best piece of advice that he received was to never take advice from a friend (irony noted).

I do understand where he was coming from—you have to be careful when you receive advice.  Some people who give you advice have ulterior motives.  Others are biased and can’t be objective.  And still others  don’t have the requisite experience for their opinion to be truly valuable (for example, if your sister’s business experience amounts to running a lemonade stand with her kids, you probably don’t want to be taking business advice from her).

However, there is another way to get help when you have a business- or even a personal issue- and that is through good old fashioned moral support.  Sometimes, this is the best help that you can receive. Having someone to echo that a bad situation does, in fact, suck or to provide an empathetic “I’ve been there before” or even just to listen can help you to clear your head or to talk through a situation yourself, no outside advice necessary.

So, if someone you trust or at least respect is willing to lend an ear, take him or her up on it.  Don’t underestimate the value of help, even if the help is just being there for you in a challenging time.

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Carol Roth is a national media personality, ‘recovering’ investment banker, investor, speaker and author of the New York Times bestselling book, The Entrepreneur Equation. She is a judge on the Mark Burnett (Shark Tank, The Voice, Survivor, The Apprentice) produced technology competition series, America's Greatest Makers, airing on TBS and Host of Microsoft's Office Small Business Academy show. Previously, Carol was the host and co-producer of The Noon Show, a current events talk show on WGN Radio, one of the top stations in the country, and a contributor to CNBC, as well as a frequent guest on Fox News, CNN, Fox Business and other stations. Carol's multimedia commentary covers business and the economy, current events, politics and pop culture topics. Carol has helped her clients complete more than $2 billion in capital raising and M&A transactions. She is a Top 100 Small Business Influencer (2011-2015) and has her own action figure. Twitter: @CarolJSRoth