You can’t take more than a few steps through startup-land without stumbling across another blog post full of entrepreneurship advice. That stuff is everywhere — and there’s no shortage of newly minted, fresh-faced CEOs who want to share their anecdotes with you.

The best advice are the learned lessons combined with the right perspective layered in. Here are a few things that I’ve learned through interpreting and amalgamating advice that has been shared with me from people I trust most.

1. Collecting advice isn’t enough.

There’s so much advice floating around out there because people love doling it out. It’s easier to give advice than it is to live it. So the first thing you realize, as a receiver of advice, is that you can’t simply collect advice and construct an instruction manual for success. Otherwise, this whole startup thing would be easy by now. Even the most popular, agreeable advice is an invitation for you to make your own mistakes to learn from.

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