How many times have you been given advice by someone, only to find out later that the advice was not helpful? Many common pieces of advice are not exactly the words of wisdom we thought they were.
This week on Twitter, people are sharing the worst advice they've ever gotten. Many of these are so old that they could be a cliche. You've most likely been given these pieces of advice from a family member or a friend or from a framed piece of art sold at TJ Maxx. But maybe you've never really thought about how useless most of them are.
Enjoy these useless pieces of advice and maybe takes some notes so you know what not to do.
The thread started on Twitter when Josie Duffy Rice requested people share the worst advice.
what's the worst common piece of advice you can think of?— josie duffy rice (@josie duffy rice)1543764987.0
She kicked it off by sharing her favorite piece of bad advice.
mine is when people say you should date your best friend— josie duffy rice (@josie duffy rice)1543765069.0
But it also could get really messy.
every time a married couple is like, "we were best friends for years and then we started dating, its true what they… https://t.co/u0dGgQpM9M— josie duffy rice (@josie duffy rice)1543765358.0
After she shared her favorite piece of bad advice, people started chiming in with theirs.The thread really makes you think about the advice people give all the time without really considering if it's actually helpful.
This advice might work for some people.
@jduffyrice "if you keep quiet and keep your head down and just work hard, people will notice you and reward that"… https://t.co/ZVx8lRDfzc— jonny sun has a new book coming out in april! (@jonny sun has a new book coming out in april!)1543785106.0
Ah, the old "do what you love" advice.
@jduffyrice “love what you do you’ll never work a day in your life” is the height of bullshit— Brandy Jensen (@Brandy Jensen)1543765103.0
Someone has definitely said this to you before.
@jduffyrice That you have to hit some miraculous threshold of “self love” to finally be able to love someone else/h… https://t.co/W2F06fddmj— Jasmine ✨ (@Jasmine ✨)1543768238.0
And many people pointed out this implies people with mental illnesses don't deserve love.
@jduffyrice You have to love yourself before anyone else can love you or before you can love anyone else. This excl… https://t.co/hYjDoNopVu— flimflam woman (@flimflam woman)1543771811.0
Don't do this!
@jduffyrice “Live each day as if it were your last.” MFer if this was my last day on earth do you think I’d be uncl… https://t.co/JamBoDNI1F— Alex McLevy (@Alex McLevy)1543781204.0
Ugh, yes this.This teaches girls it's a compliment if boys treat them badly. How messed up is that?
This is very common marriage advice.Sometimes you are literally arguing because you are tired and sleep and time apart will fix it.
So go to bed angry if you want.And wake up refreshed!
Every elementary school had a poster of this.
@jduffyrice Follow your dreams 🙄. Find work that is meaningful and can support you. Follow your dreams as an avocation.— carriebeth (@carriebeth)1543765177.0
At some point, you have to give up on your dreams and do something more practical.It's not bad, it's just a reality.
Just because people are old, doesn't mean they know more than you.
@jduffyrice “Respect your elders” ahhh, I respect people who respect me not just because you’re older than me 🤷🏻♀️— Mother of Cats (@Mother of Cats)1543803575.0
Relationships can be hard.But people often stay in bad relationships because they think they are supposed to always be hard work.
This one is for parents.
@jduffyrice “Enjoy every minute” for new parents. Too. Much. Pressure.— Brianna Liestman (@Brianna Liestman)1543799658.0
There are plenty of minutes you definitely do not have to enjoy.See above gif.
If willpower was enough, we'd all be perfect human beings.But obviously, we are not.
This is particularly bad advice.Not only does it assume everyone believes in God, but it also belittles peoples' problems. It's also just kind of a mean thing to say.
Do people not know how babies work?
@jduffyrice Nap when your baby naps.— Dr Natalie Starkey ☄️🌋 (@Dr Natalie Starkey ☄️🌋)1543765059.0
This is another mean one.
@jduffyrice “Everything happens for a reason.” No, everything happens because of choices people make and sometime… https://t.co/5Rlblr4qXj— Malachi Koop (@Malachi Koop)1543784582.0
This is 100% true.Mushrooms are gross and I have not grown into them!
Sure, sometimes this is true.
@jduffyrice "I didn't do well in school, and now I'm a millionaire!" as used as some sort of inspirational tale. I… https://t.co/ZMxudrNil2— Andy Vale (@Andy Vale)1543820197.0
Some people do badly in school and just keep on doing badly.It's not an excuse to slack off.
Yes, this.Oh wow, this is so helpful.
Oh hey, be careful!I mean, you know, next time.
This advice can be dangerous.
@jduffyrice Do what you love -- the money will follow. Uh-huh. They neglect to tell you how little money will follo… https://t.co/vTvtvFUrr3— Kelly Scott (@Kelly Scott)1543801599.0
Another one for those parents out there.
@jduffyrice “We are all just doing our best” vis-à-vis motherhood. We aren’t. Some are half-assing it, at best, and… https://t.co/pe5daPYwQo— Text IMPEACH to 50409 (@Text IMPEACH to 50409)1543766960.0
You don't get to choose your family.
@jduffyrice "Blood is thicker than water" Just because I share some DNA with some people doesn't mean I should hav… https://t.co/ZDbnzLKVVi— 🎄Glucker🎄 (@🎄Glucker🎄)1543842933.0
Yeah, this would be weird.I'd love to be a zookeeper, but I'm not going to show up for work covered in elephant poop.
This one has never been true.
@jduffyrice "Sticks and stones may break your bones but words can't hurt you." 😒— tatiana pronounced /'tɑˈtyɑ nə/ (@tatiana pronounced /'tɑˈtyɑ nə/)1543772478.0
Motherhood does not necessarily come naturally.This not only puts pressure on moms to be perfect, but I think anyone who ever had a parent knows they often make tons of mistakes.
My personal favorite.
@jduffyrice "You'll meet someone when you stop looking." I've tried looking, not looking, and mostly not even havin… https://t.co/3vbfA0AvkC— Leona's Love Quest (in the house) 💕 (@Leona's Love Quest (in the house) 💕)1543766389.0