15 Pieces Of Popular Advice That Are Actually Terrible Advice

Lap Lap
9 min readDec 2, 2021
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A lot of advice is given, and a lot of advice has been said throughout history. A lot of it is bad advice. We all tend to obey it, and then wonder why we aren’t making progress in our lives or doing more with what we have. Let’s make it clear:

These 15 pieces of popular advice are terrible, terrible pieces of popular advice that will hinder your success.

You may disagree, but that’s okay. There’s a lot of advice in the world, and it’s easy to think all of it is bad. But you should know that you don’t have to follow all these pieces of advice. You shouldn’t have to check them off as you move through your life.

I guarantee this will spark at least a few great arguments among those who hear this article, but I stand by my assessment that many of the most widely accepted pieces of popular advice are terrible pieces of advice, and that you should ignore everything unless it really works for you…or you’re a robot.

15 Pieces Of Popular Advice That Are Actually Terrible Advice

1. Ignore Your Surroundings And Your Past In Favor Of Living In The Moment

This is the most popular piece of advice on this list, and it’s not only awful advice, but it’s also the most dangerous piece of advice on this entire list. Do you remember the last time you said something to your friends that made them upset? Or maybe they just got upset when they saw you in a different way than they imagined?

For example, my buddy recently broke up with his girlfriend and has been seeing a girl he met later that night. As a result, his friends have gotten upset with him. He was just doing what he knew was best for himself, so he ignored them and went through with his plans. He didn’t know what happened in their world, and neither did they.

The point is: We all have the luxury of ignoring our surroundings and our pasts because we run the risk of being judged by it. We’re not perfect (for the record, I don’t think we are!), but we’re human beings who are constantly learning and growing.

I don’t know if you ever thought of this before, but your past doesn’t always make sense to other people who think differently…

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