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What to look out for

1. Look to people who are keen to leverage your potential rather than your pain

2. Look to people who practice both keen self-examination and a tonne of research.

3. Look to people who are very clear that something worked for them, but it may not work for you

How to practice discernment in self-help
1. Trust your gut – if something smells fishy, it probably is. My mate Beth at BabyMac talks about getting ‘itchy neck’ when something doesn’t feel right. Like if a brand wants to work with you and the thought of writing a post for them gives you an itchy neck… back away.

2. Look for an agenda. Particularly a money making agenda. I think you absolutely should pay for things. Apps that help you track progress, courses that teach you things, people to moderate groups. People should absolutely be paid for their time but make sure the person you’re paying has experience in what they’re teaching. It’s probably best to not pay for business advice from someone who’s never run a business that’s not giving business advice.

3. If you’re feeling a bit lost, understand you’re probably looking for ‘the answer’ – and there is no hard and fast answer.

4. While every person who is selling a $2000 seminar is not dodgy, do ask yourself whether that $2000 could be better spent on. Always seek the help of professionals first.

5. Be self-aware. When you are feeling a bit lost in life – you just want someone to tell you what to do – be on guard and choose someone who has your best interest at heart.

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