Advice. Take it or leave it?

Sometimes advice is the last thing we want. But....

Like Comment

Being given advice can be irksome, especially if you haven’t asked for it in the first place.

However, it can pay to listen to advice even if you choose to ignore it. Nod politely and say ‘thanks’ and then file it away. File it in the bin if you think it’s rubbish advice, or in the ‘for future use’ pile if you think it’s useful.

I’ve had some great advice in my life, most recently from my board of non executive directors who have been incredibly helpful, and challenging. Which is just what I wanted.

Arguably the best advice I have ever received was from my Dad. I had arrived back from University after one and half terms, knowing I’d done the wrong thing and wanting to leave, but also knowing (in those heady days of student grants) that I’d probably forfeit another grant). My Dad said:

“You’ve made a mistake. Everyone has to make mistakes. The trick is not to keep make the same one twice.”

Which means I’ve never been afraid of making a mistake and is why I am now happily running my own business!

Think back over advice you’ve been given. What’s proved useful to you?

RenewYou, a chance to reflect on life and make plans for your whole life. For women everywhere. Click here for more information.

P.S. Pictured is my Dad, Edward Woods, circa 1930, in the Scouts, although a least likely candidate for Boy Scouts is hard to imagine.

Jane C Woods

Women's Personal Development Specialist - Changing People, -

Hi, I’m Jane C Woods and I have an absolute passion for helping women achieve success in their lives. Be it the glass ceiling, the crystal maze, or very personal issues, I’m all about helping women achieve to their full potential and live the way they want to without being carbon copies of men. But I’m not about putting men down in order for women to get ahead, there’s plenty of room; I just want the guys to shifty up a bit… If my face looks familiar it's because I love Psychologies magazine (I've been buying it since the very first issue, such a good resource) and it's the only place I choose to advertise my courses. I write on women’s issues on my blog,, and am regularly featured in magazines, and on radio, but I’m probably best known for RenewYou. RenewYou is my one day personal development course for women. We have an international network of experienced, specialist women licensed to deliver it and empower women across the globe. Our goal is to reach one million women. It’s a big goal but… In 2013 we started with a single RenewYou specialist, me. Now you can find a RenewYou Courses across the UK, in the USA, Canada, Greece, Bangkok, Pakistan, South Africa, Belgium, with new countries being added all the time. My dream was to create a thriving and caring business on ethical, and dare I say, feminine terms, with a real community spirit of help and encouragement. And it’s actually happening with the support, expertise, and enthusiasm of my wonderful trainers. I think, (apart from my two lovely kids, a daughter and a son) that it’s probably my proudest achievement to date. Wonderful Changing People Women: One of the joys and privileges of my work is that I’ve connected with some really inspirational and wonderful women – from politics to entertainment to academia. They include: TV presenter, house fixer and matchmaker Sarah Beeny Amazing entrepreneur Sam Roddick of Coco de Mer Outspoken and entertaining academic Mary Beard Politicians like Siobhan Benita and Natalie Bennett Ex BBC broadcaster Miriam O’Reilly who bravely took on the might of the BBC- and triumphed A very rare interview with Sarah Montague, of the influential BBC Radio 4 Today programme I hope you like the posts and I hope they are helpful. Live life to the max and never hide your light under any bushels!