List the people you admire and look to for advice…

This is a difficult prompt. “List the people you admire and look to for advice?” Well… That seems to be two different categories.

There are a lot of people I admire, but I don’t have access for communication. Many are dead; Charlie Chaplin, Joseph Campbell, Carl Jung. Others are famous and are thus also out of reach: Barack Obama and Gene Hackman fit this classification.

As for advice, I tend to avoid the Ms. Cleos, tarot readings, and newspaper astrology columns. No Miss Manners or Landers sisters for me. And not only do I avoid them, as I think about it, I haven’t really asked for advice in years. As a college professor I was the one to advise and guide. When I occasionally met with my Division Chair, seeming to solicit advice, I was actually trying to guide policy. (Sorry, John!)

Does this mean I like it when people ask for advice? Not really. I relished my role as academic advisor, helping students navigate the waters of college and life. But when people ask for advice? I tend to assume they don’t really want it, since they often didn’t take it. But there’s nothing wrong with talking to someone to work out one’s thoughts.

I do it all the time, which is why I talk to myself so much…..

Any advice for me? Please comment, and do like and follow!

Published by stephenschrum

Associate Professor of Theatre Arts; interested in virtual worlds, playwrighting, and filmmaking. Now creating a podcast called "Audio Chimera."

One thought on “Advice?

  1. Bet dozens of people admire you. Advice for you? Hmmm… Mix waaay too much wasabi with just a little bit of soy sauce and batter the sushi in it. Use chopsticks. Honestly, most people aren’t equipped to give advice, or even worse, might not understand that someone isn’t asking for advice. Everyone wants somebody who will listen.

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