If you’re seeking advice about a goal or plan you’re pursuing, don’t be swayed too much by the people who talk the most or the loudest. They may not know what they’re talking about or even have your best interests in mind. Instead, pay more attention to the people who already have the success you want.
Find three accomplished people pursuing the path or field that interests you. Look at what they’re doing, saying, and sharing on social media (like LinkedIn). What kinds of people do they follow? Who are their mentors? Whom do they tend to collaborate with? See if you can connect with them and get some personal advice.
If you can find someone willing to sit down with you for a conversation, try an informational interview. They’ll likely give you a realistic view of their path and what they did to prepare for and move into their current role.
Try some of these questions:
- What’s a typical day or week like for you?
- How do you balance work obligations and your personal life?
- What are the current issues or trends in the field that I should know about?
- What are your main responsibilities?
- How did you get interested in your line of work?