I advised the new AD to “suffer your own mistakes” instead of letting everyone else, internet comments, coworkers, etc have input into the decision making.
Certainly, a wise man learns from other’s mistakes and successes, but many others have never attempted or been in the position to ever make the mistake on which they are advising you. Most people lead lives of complacency, never putting themselves in the hot seat. They want to feel as if they have input and control, but without the risk.
They take the LEAST risk, by interjecting their opinion on your decision because YOU will be the one to suffer their misjudgment and YOU will be the one doing the leg work.
So how hard is it to have an opinion? Not very hard at all is it?
How many armchair quarterbacks are there?
How many people know how to fix society and how to operate the government, yet hold no political position?
Isn’t it fantastic to be the giver of advice? If you are right, you get to feel like you are the source of the victory, but if you are wrong, so what, you aren’t the one who executed the decision.
So… unless advice is coming from an experienced adviser, beware of free advice.
Suffer your own mistakes, learn from them, keep making new mistakes, rinse and repeat.