Do any of you have a problem with unwanted advice?
I have a few coworkers who are always offering unsolicited and unwanted advice.
Now, I know they mean well, and I appreciate that. They aren’t advising me based on any personal gain for themselves (unlike the former coworker who always advised me to use specific Mary Kay products – of course, she also sold Mary Kay). There sometimes seems to be an air of “I know everything” along with this advice, but really, a lot of great advice comes with that. After all, how can you advise without some knowledge?
Lately, however, I feel like I’m being bombarded with unwanted advice from a few people. Something happens and I hear “Oh, you should…” Well, thank you for that advice, but that’s actually pretty terrible advice. I’m really starting to get frustrated by it. But I think that other than my current plan, which is to smile, nod, and thank them for their advice, all the while planning to not follow it (after all, it’s often something I’ve already considered and decided against), there’s not much I can do. Clearly, I don’t want to come off as rude. I do appreciate that others are trying to help, but I wonder if they realize just how arrogant they are beginning to sound. It’s one thing to advise on occasion, but on a daily basis?
Does anyone else deal with unwanted advice? What do you do to keep from getting frustrated?