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adviceReviewed by Poppy Johnson 

Raul Valdes-Perez began his career as an engineering student at the University of Illinois at the Chicago Circle. There he learned that when people make decisions, they realize the best results when they have consulted someone else regarding that decision. Advice is for Winners suggests that it is important to do research before making a decision in life, and that finding others who can offer good advice is beneficial not only for engaging with others but also for making better decisions.

For example, if a person looking for a job seeks an adviser, she should review pointers from the adviser and follow the five steps to benefits from the advice. If this is done, she has a better chance at finding a job. The five steps suggested by the author to become a life winner are: to seek people with solutions, listen to pointers, frame the problem to find clarity, consider validation and seek out legitimization by an adviser to determine the credibility of the advice.

Advice is for Winners advocates knowing when to seek advice from others and understanding when to be self-reliant on your own skills to problem-solve for success. Valdes-Perez suggests that networking is a sure bet for creating a core group of people who can help advance a career. He writes that advice seekers should avoid excess pride and being swayed by people who are not contributing in a positive way towards the advice seeker’s goals.

I have never seen similar advice detailed as well as it is in this book. It is a type of dissertation on advice, when and why, how we seek it, and what it can do to propel us forward towards our life’s wishes. I enjoyed the section on how to set up an advice process which examines who to consult for advice, when to heed it and how to evaluate the advice that is given on any given topic.

Rating: ★★★★☆ 

After a decade of working in several NYC law departments and teaching, Poppy decided she enjoyed writing full-time. She currently works as a freelance writing consultant, and lives with her husband and sons on the East Coast.

Review copy was provided free of any obligation by Raul Valdes-Perez. No monetary or any other form of compensation was received.