I realize that you have never heard or said that phrase, EVER! (OK, guys, stop rolling your eyes. There is no right answer, I know) I excel at quite a few things. I'm pretty self motivated, enjoy fitness, great cook, great dad, great fiancee, on and on. Not to get carried away with tooting my own horn, but I also realize my "areas of improvement". Not the least of which is my fairly obvious inability to dress myself.
I have gotten quite a bit better, thanks to the advice of my fashion maven daughter, Molly. She (and her mom) have taught me that well, crazy loud shirts only belong at Jimmy Buffet concerts, running shoes should NEVER be worn with shorts unless you are running, and my all time favorite, don't EVER wear dark socks while mowing the lawn in shorts. (I actually knew that, but had to get in a plug for Joe Soucherey and everyone at Garage Logic).
That got me thinking about the importance of expert advice. Would you go to a mechanic to ask him about your appendix? How about asking the paperboy about changes in tax code? Of course not. As I study success, it is very clear to me that successful people surround themselves with experts. Being an expert doesn't necessarily require the right combination of alphabet soup after your name that was bestowed upon you by some instructor, (except MD, DC, and CPA!) It has to do with results.
Looking for a personal trainer? Take a look at the person wanting to train you. If they are fat and have no energy, but have taken every class under the sun it tells me one thing...they are good at taking classes. Are you looking for a great ad writer? Don't rip open the ads or even a phone book (does anyone use those anymore?) Take a look at ads that catch your attention. Tear them out and create a swipe file!
My hope is that you realize that great ideas don't care where they come from, the just need to be acted upon. Take some ACTION and make something happen on this beautiful day! Now, if you'll excuse me, I need to find some argyle socks to complement my running shorts.