Solve Any Problem With These 5 Words

Ingrain on your brain to save future pain

Andy Taylor
3 min readOct 25, 2020


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You can find a solution to any problem with these five words:

Get good advice. Follow it.

Each word is important, though. Let me explain…


First, accept you don’t have all the answers. Don’t suffer in silence. Even worse, don’t pretend a problem will go away.

The earlier you can admit you need help and then find it, the closer you are to solving your problem.

When things get bad, I trust people more than the Internet. “Get” is an active word. Get off your couch, find someone you trust, and share your problem.

If they have experience in that area or can reason well objectively (or both), then that’s ideal.

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It’s surprisingly easy to find high-quality information. Common sense can help you work out if your source of information is sound.

If it seems too good to be true, it probably is. If you need a second opinion — fine — but don’t lose yourself in the spiral of third, fourth, and fifth ones.

People love to talk about themselves. Politeness goes a long way. Ask. What’s the worst that can happen?

Find someone who is a little better / more experienced / further along than you and ask if they will help.

You’ll be surprised who says yes to you.


When you get asked for advice, you carefully consider what to say.

You look back on your experience, combine it with your analysis of the current situation, and come up with a reasoned response.

Anyone you ask for advice will do the same. Value it, listen and ask questions. Make sure you understand it. Thank them.



Andy Taylor

I want to learn. I try to grow. I’d love to help.