I was listening to a podcast of a fitness professional sharing her insights on all things health and fitness. Half way through I got annoyed by how almost all of her answers started with an example of what she does in her day-to-day.

Now, it can be helpful to occasionally get an overview of what a subject-matter-expert does. If only for inspiration. I sometimes share those things too.

But if all the advice is based on “this is what I do”, who are we really helping?

No one. Unless you are exactly like me, with my personality, circumstances, likes, dislikes, and lifestyle, sharing tactics about what I do isn’t the answer you need.

What’s the alternative then?

Instead of learning tactics, learn principles. And then make them work with your personality, circumstances, likes, dislikes, and lifestyle.

-J