If you are looking to be a better strategist, stop viewing advice as rules. Instead, consider them to be guidelines. Why?
For starters, there is a lot of conflicting advice from successful people. Variations of the following statements have been made by multiple millionaire entrepreneurs:
Do you start working full-time on your startup/idea?
"Make sure to have your business profitable before quitting your day job."
"Burn the ships."
Should you seek investors?
"Outside investment should be option Z."
"Venture capital provides not only money, but well-connected investors who can put you in touch with the right people."
Should you follow your gut when you have a great idea?
"Never start a business based on instinct. Extensive research and analytics are what counts."
"At the end of the day, you need to follow your instincts. Think of how many businesses that were continually rejected for years but finally reached success due to the owner's undying, and some would say, unreasonable, belief in their idea."
Most of this advice is based on personal experience. The problem with advising others based on personal anecdotes is that there are many unique factors to anybody's situation:
*How much capital is needed to get started?
*How long will it take to earn a profit?
*What is the end goal of the business?
*Do you thrive or freak out with no stable income and $20,000 of credit card debt?
*What are your personal goals?
*Do you have a spouse and/or kids?
The "guideline" mentality helps to have a more flexible mind and can prevent blind following of a rule that was right for someone else but isn't right for you and/or your situation.
Everything you read, see and hear: organize the information into guidelines; not rules.