If someone solicits your advice, ask yourself, "How would I feel if I were in this person's situation?" Try to really empathize.
Furthermore, keep in mind that each individual is unique. Take this person's personality, life situation, and resources into consideration before giving advice. (If this seems like a big task, that's because it is!)
(For a series of probing questions on this topic, see Rabbi Pliskin's "Gateway to Self Knowledge,"pp. 104-6)
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