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"Wise men don't need advice. Fools won't take it." ~ Benjamin Franklin

We get advice all the time from friends and family, but it isn't always good. Reddit user imallforeskin asked:

What bad advice do people commonly give as good advice?

Itchy

"Leaves of three, makes great T.P."  very_large_ears

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Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder

"Men think XYZ is attractive/unattractive" and "Women think XYZ is attractive/unattractive"

There are some trends, yeah, but tastes differ from person to person. I love the fact that my SO wears glasses and has relatively short hair. She loves the fact that I am muscular and have freckles. Some guys like long haired girls with no glasses, some girls like skinny guys with clear complexions. People like to casually throw around body types, hair colors, hair styles, and personality traits as "the gold standard" for what's desirable, but everyone is looking for something different. People should just focus on being the best version of themselves, because there's bound to be someone out there who thinks they're attractive for it.  FloralBison

Compare and Contrast

Dont be sad, there are people out there that have it worse.

So with this logic.. I shouldnt be happy because there are people that have it better?  confusedyetstillgoin

Parental Guidance

"Well my parents fill in with something stupid with me and I turned out fine."  PandaPhilosopher284

Adam & Eve

"The worst traits of a man are the best traits of a woman and the worst traits of a woman are the best traits of a man"  Shadow_Of_

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Unreasonable

"Everything happens for a reason!" MadKingCuriousGeorge

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No Means No

"Don't take no for an answer."  louierosner

Bullies

Literally anything related to bullying.

Just ignore him, hell go away

Yeah if I ignore my entire class its gonna go well. Hell, no bullied kid has a good enough poker face to effectively ignore a single bully either, they often do it for the reaction and theyre gonna get a reaction.

Just punch him in the face, hell leave you alone

Often the bully is bigger than you are. Its part of the reason theyre bullies. Also, sometimes fighting is an overreaction or what they want. Someone who ostracizes you for months isn't physically hurting you, punching them is a bit of an overreaction.

Tell a trusted adult

Bullied kids often dont trust adults. Also, 9 times out of 10, the adult cant or wont do anything, especially if its multiple people against one kid. I have literally never seen an adult help in these situations (although I guess telling them does not hurt).  BlatantConservative

Bullies, Part 2

"You need to deal with bullies on your own or you'll never be ready for adult life"  ChaZcaTriX

Don Quixote

"Follow your dreams!" 

Im generally OK with the concept, but more accurately it should be: follow your dreams but please be realistic about your own skill set and opportunities available to you.  flyover_father

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Carpe Diem

"Live each day like it's your last."  cymyn

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No Guarantee

"Make yourself indispensable at work and you'll always have a job." DLS3141

Mishandled

"God never gives you more than you can handle!"  sSommy

Tests

"It's God testing you."  rab7

Plans

The words "God has a plan" make me want to murder.  Miss_Behaves

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Toxic

"Man up!" 

...instead of identifying and processing emotions like a functional adult.  Oslypsis

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Day to Day

"You need to start saving money". What part of paycheck to paycheck are you not getting?  oneofyrfencegrls

Location, Location, Location

"Just move to a cheaper area" is what people always say when I tell them where I live.

Yes, just move with what money, again?  oneofyrfencegrls

Hardly

"Work hard and you'll make it" Not true. It can help, but you have to work hard in the right ways to make it. Work hard and know how to play the game, then you can make it.  messedfrombirth

Fishy

"plenty of fish in the sea!"

Yeah like anyone wants to hear that after a break up.  Ronnylicious

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Carnegie Hall

"Practice makes perfect." No, "practice makes permanent." If you learn to do something the wrong way, it will be more difficult to unlearn or relearn it the right way.  runz_with_waves

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Ignorance is Bliss

"What you don't know can't hurt you."

...apart from assassins.  Baconated-grapefruit

Waiting Game

"Good things come to those who wait."

Nope, opportunities are fleeting, by waiting you miss 99% of them. WiseWordsFromBrett

Fannie Mae

"Take out a huge student loan to go to your dream university to study in your dream major. Your massive income afterward will be worth the debt now."  mwatwe01

Bullies, Part 3

"He's picking on you? That's just how he says he likes you." AteTheWholeBanana

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