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In an effort to help others or to cheer people up, we tend to repeat age-old advice that sounds good and positive on first listen, but in reality is not realistic or true."Try you're best and you'll always succeed," "You can be whatever you want to be," for example, both sound great but are totally not true and even misleading.
Redditor u/Wisemd123 asked people, "What do you believe is the most misleading advice commonly given?" and people responded with breakdowns of familiar phrases and sayings of advice.
10. Protect your hobbiesGiphy
"Don't try to make money from a hobby. When what they actually mean is don't remove the freedom from your hobby. You can still enjoy a hobby you make money from providing it's on your terms as much as possible."Lynch_Bot
9. It's not always up to fate
"If it's meant to be, it'll happen. (Sometimes you gotta go out there and make sure it happens)"
8. Don't take advice from movies
"Any dating advice or 'cute' gesture you see in a movie. It's going to be creepy in real life."
7. Bullies just don't disappearGiphy
"If you ignore the bullies they'll go away. Sorry but most of the time that just encourages them to try harder & go further"
6. If this were true, we'd all be more successful
"'Try your best and you will succeed'
Sometimes, no matter how hard you try, you just won't succeed. It'll give you the best chance, but no guarantee."
5. If you've ever had a job, you know"Show up early, work hard, stay late, don't get involved in workplace gossip, mind your business and always go above and beyond. All ********. You are guaranteed to be taken advantage of at just about any and every job following that advice."
4. ...But I rather be crying in a Ferrari
"Money can't buy happiness.
While true, it is misleading, because money can greatly contribute to providing security and things that tend to make people happy."
3. What does this even mean?
"Live each day like its your last.
Are you serious? That is some horrible advice!"
2. Violence is an option - it just shouldn't be your first
"Violence is never the answer.
I was bullied pretty much constantly for 8 years. People / adults saw but either didn't do anything or made it worse. I finally snapped one day and hit them. Never had anymore issues. I wish I'd done it sooner.
1. Don't minimize other peoples' feelings
"'Just think, it could be worse' 'Someone has it worse off than you'
This can be an incredibly destructive thing to say to someone. Just because someone else might have a broken leg, doesn't make your broken toe hurt any less."
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