The Advice is for Winners manuscript has six parts which follow a traveler metaphor:
- The Landscape
- Scouting Reports
- The Map
- Boulders and Watering Holes
- Paths Well Traveled
- The Destination
Part 1 explains the reasons for the book, analyzes what advice actually consists of, and goes through the many reasons (excuses) why people avoid seeking advice.
Part 2 reviews and builds on prior work: self-improvement books, scholarly literature, and proverbs.
Part 3 is about how to do advice-seeking right, taking an end-to-end view.
Part 4 looks at interesting or problematic stopovers, from dealing with contradictory advice, to the influence of national culture, and the proper role of the web and social media.
Part 5 looks at special cases of advice-seeking: recruiting & hiring, changing jobs, and picking a major.
Part 6 wraps up the lessons of the book.
Question for readers: what questions about the advisory process would you like to see answered?