Putting it plainly, we take advice best from people/experiences we relate to.
We like to blame teenagers for being the biggest example of this, but we are all guilty of it. Teens don’t love taking advice from their old, out-of-touch parents. They will however, take advice from their peers quite readily, or those who they’ve decided they can relate to. “Mom just doesn’t get it, but so and so does.” Mom could have the exact same advice as so and so, but it just doesn’t hit home when the listener feels like they can’t relate to the advice giver.
I’m pretty guilty of this. ‘Sure my neighbor is really good at such-and-such because she’s got this going for her that I don’t.’ ‘She’s got it together, but she’s a stay at home mom, I work….’ Excuses, excuses. And it gets worse. I’ve done it to myself so badly that I have a confession to make: