Most advice is biased and anecdotal. It’s often irrelevant.
During the last month I’ve been geeking out on ChatGPT: asking it questions, having it retrieve answers and create tables and taglines and summaries.
I wouldn’t dream of asking ChatGPT a question without an adequate prompt. It would only give me something random.
Then I thought, isn’t this exactly what happens when we don’t frame our questions?
We ask offhand questions of friends and acquaintances all the time: Which book should I read next? What should I focus on? How should I approach this problem?
But we fail to give the prompts, which means they don’t have the context.
As with training artificial intelligence, the solution is to give the context. Follow, “Which book should I read next?” with “...if I want to have a better mindset around money.” Follow, “What shall I focus on?” with “...if my goal is to work less this year.”
Open ended questions bring vague, untailored, and irrelevant answers. Unlike with ChatGPT where you can laugh and comment how ridiculous the suggestion, when the advice comes from a friend, we feel compelled to take it, and guilty when we don’t.
Frame every question, be clearer on your prompts. Make only relevant requests from now on.