Insightful and honest and illuminating, thank you! As an entrepreneur “in/of advice,” I can’t help but encourage people to continue to solicit advice. The lessons that you so skillfully lay out here are to (1) be wary of hearing what you want (2) notice our tendency to see straight lines where they don’t exist, (3) avoid the temptation to let the struggle have closure for parsimony’s sake.
I’m beginning to think the word “advice” is all wrong — it’s both intimidating and loaded with expectations of being a panacea… As an entrepreneur (and person), it’s so important to get people to weigh in. But in listening, we have to be self aware, open-minded, and intelligent — like you demonstrate here. Good luck with your next steps.