Avoid giving advice when someone hasn’t asked for it (and forgive me for giving this advice on advice).  If they do ask for advice still be cautious.  Sometimes people ask and really don’t want advice.  They only want to have the decision they’ve already made affirmed.  Another reason to be cautious about advice-giving is when you give advice people somehow hold you responsible for the outcome.  Other times people expect you to do the work for them since it’s your idea.  Advice-giving in general–is best avoided.  A relative once shared with me her husband was unhappy with his employment situation.  Before thinking, I blurted out a good website for national job searches.  She replied “let me know if you find something he might like”.  I’m thinking “sure–I’ll get right on that task of finding your husband a job.” 10/15/16

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