What’s the worst advice you’ve ever taken?

Ramit Sethi

What’s the worst advice you’ve ever taken?

Here are a bunch of responses from Reddit.

But I want to hear from you.

Here are the 2 questions:

  1. What’s the worst advice you’ve ever taken?
  2. What bad advice are you currently following RIGHT NOW?

Leave your responses below! This is going to be interesting.


  1. Prasanna

    1. What’s the worst advice you’ve ever taken?
    Year 2012. Bought a money back or what we call endowment policy in India.
    Lazy thinking on my part, that an LIC agent will do ‘good’ for me as he is relative of my friend (which he did not as his commission trumps my well being).
    Impact/ Loss : Taking the endowment policy of Rs.90L sum assured for a huge yearly premium of 2 Lakhs (60L in premium payment over 30 years) which when invested properly (even with very little education) could have easily fetched inflation beating returns.
    also lesson learnt was never to combine insurance and investment. Now opted for term insurance and stopped the loss at Rs.200,000.

    2. What bad advice are you currently following RIGHT NOW?
    This ( I think…this is kinda tough….) :
    A second home loan thinking it is a good investment. ( it is NOT). Have made some plans (not very intense , clear cut or deliberate plan) to come out by selling the house, even if it means no profit – no loss.

  2. Carmen

    1.) What’s the worst advice you’ve ever taken?
    “Take your time! You have more than enough time to figure things out!”

    It was well meaning because I was applying unnecessary pressure on myself but, at twenty-eight, I’ve come to learn that such advice results in chronic procrastination.

    2.) What bad advice are you currently following RIGHT NOW?

    “If you want to lose weight, you must NOT consume the following: Sugar, salt, cooking oil, butter, bread, fruits high in natural sugar, meat high in fats, the plants of Venus, the water of Mars, and the ice pops of Pluto.”

    I’ve gotten over the initial freaking out over every single ingredient in my foods but, I still have moments. Also, my mom wants the cabbage fully seasoned no.matter.what. and she ain’t got time for all of that.

  3. D

    1. “Buy a Variable Universal Life Insurance Policy because you need savings.”

    Fees ate up the returns, my investment would NOT be given to my beneficiaries upon death (only the face value), and I lost $1000 in surrender charges.

    2. “Buy your own equipment and work out at home by yourself.”

    Truth is, I probably need the accountability and I’ve had the equipment for years now and still haven’t reached my ultimate fitness goals.

  4. Chris

    1.) What’s the worst advice you’ve ever taken? “This water is bottled. It’s safe to drink it.”

    It gave me amoebic dysentery which took weeks to be rid of years ago while traveling in India. When I saw vendors “bottling” water from a spigot by a railway station after consumption, I knew I was doomed. Should have stuck to chai.

    2.) What bad advice are you currently following RIGHT NOW? “Just give it one more try. What have you got to lose?”.

    The answer to the question is more. Today I stop trying.

  5. BJ

    1) Go to law school. Like at all.

    2) Always say yes to a good opportunity…it’s very frustrating and I find myself being pulled in far too many directions.

  6. Christopher OKeefe

    1. “Walk it off.” – My racquetball partner after I’d just broken my foot. I played another five minutes and then told him I didn’t think this could be “walked off”.

    2. “The Founding Fathers were geniuses. The wrote the (U.S.) Constitution so that there is no way the electorate could screw up the country.”

  7. Nicole

    1. Hiring managers put a lot of thought into your (job) offer, don’t insult them by trying to negotiate. It will make you look bad. Just be thankful for what they gave you and accept the offer.
    2. Don’t waste money by paying people to do certain tasks for you when you could save money by doing it all yourself.

  8. Miriam

    1. Do what you love! (Even though my parents are poor and have no savings and I had to pay for college myself.) I was 18 – I had no idea what I loved besides reading books so I was an English major. I graduated in 2007 with no marketable skills. I went back to a code school and now I’m a software developer so I can finally aggressively pay down my students loans.

    2. I’m not following anything I know is actively bad at the moment or I would stop immediately.

  9. GF

    “Just get a degree in anything! It’s the piece of paper that’s important!” from my mom. Along with the addendum that if I wanted to study business, she would only pay for community college and I could live at home because “they all teach you the same things”, but she’d happily pay for any college for any other subject. (She’s a social scientist, can you tell? Not much respect for business…)

    Now I have a Philosophy degree and work in accounting. I really wish I’d pushed back and gotten a business degree from a good school

  10. Cam

    “This place is great. Quit your job and work with us. We’re really going places.”

    It turned out to be a cult. After a decade and thousands of dollars I’d never see again, I escaped with $15K in debt and had to rebuild my life from the ground up. This was before I learned the importance of due diligence (natural networking), and that not all advice is created equal (even when it comes from well meaning family members).

  11. Catherine

    Worst advice? “You can’t take this book contract. The offer is too low.” The offer was FINE for the publishing niche. Lost the opportunity and the agent never called back after that fiasco… Good riddance.

    Worst advice currently taking? I’ll find out, won’t I?

  12. Kimberlee

    1. My mom constantly tells me I’m doing too much and I should cut back. I listened in my 20s, and then realized this mentality is what has kept her in menial positions at work and in an unhealthy physical and mental place throughout her life. I’m in my 30s now, and I’ve pursued countless opportunities and reaped the benefits in every aspect of my life. Many of these opportunities required me actively looking for them and working hard to make them work and it’s been absolutely worth it.

    2. “Stay in the relationship and it will work out.” <— this is the ill-fated advice I'm giving myself right now.

  13. Ronald

    I liked this girl I met at a party. Her friends told me she wasn’t interested in seeing me — they thought it was funny when we started dating.
    I think it all went back to the social hierarchy. I didn’t come from any money. My parents weren’t professionals. I wasn’t seen as especially “smart” or academically-inclined. I just wasn’t seen as a good prospective mate at the small private school we attended.

    My wife and I have been together twenty years this summer. We have two kids. I put her through a PhD and she’s working on another degree. We were an unconventional fit to some, but I believe we matched up to what the other needed in most ways.

    For anyone who cares, I think academics are a self-selecting filter. It’s like gym for people who see themselves as intelligent. I took a computer science class through Harvard a few years ago and did fine. If you like something, pursue it. The greatest accomplishments in you life won’t come from a classroom, trust me.
    As for social cliques…I tell my kids, Jesus was perfect and look what they did to him. Trust yourself.

  14. Stuart Blessman

    “There will always be someone better, faster, smarter, greater than you. It’s too late, might as well give up now and consider alternatives.” From a ‘mentor’, 8 years ago, who I listened to for too long. Now I’m down close to 70 lbs, make considerably more money, have built up a sizable resume with strong references, and am about to launch my own product and business.

    Be careful who you let speak into your life, and turn things around as soon as you can.

  15. Alex DiMattia

    Ohhh this is gonna be fun!

    1. “Just be yourself. You’ll meet a really nice girl one day” I appreciate the sincerity girls have when they tell a guy whom they aren’t interested in to just be himself, but what does that even mean? Keep playing video games all day because that’s what he always does and it’s what he’s interested in? Or to get his proverbial shit together, pursue his mission and core values in life and to live in integrity to his identity and what he truly wants?

    2. “Keep at it” I also can appreciate my dad’s advice because it’s a message to keep persevering in the face of difficulty or setback, and that’s good, but everyone knows that to be successful you have to keep at it, plus there’s more pieces to the puzzle than that. That, and he said it in a kind of casual/dismissive way. It used to make me think he doesn’t really care about my career or how far I go in life.

    3. “Just go to networking events” I tried that, again and again. I appreciate the importance of networking, it’s a crucial thing to do for your life and career, but you gotta be networking with the right people in your career choice; people who are far more advanced than you and can get you higher in your career. Unfortunately, I wasn’t surrounded by high level mentors who could up-level me, just more unemployed guys.

    What bad advice am I currently following right now?

    “Play it safe, the economy is in a downturn” Hmmm, interesting. I’m definitely guilty of following this one for too long, but the best time to make an investment in oneself is when we’ve got nothing to lose.

  16. Brandon

    1. Sophomore year of college: “Get a credit card with a small balance and pay it off every month. That way you’ll start building up some credit.” Thanks, Dad.

    2. I’m 15 years into “get a degree so you can get a good job” and counting.

  17. AJ

    1) It’s [your] lot in life, work hard, and just be happy with getting by (shortened version, but that’s what it boiled down to).

    2) Online dating is a great way to meet people….well, sure, I’ve met people I maybe otherwise wouldn’t have, but I’ve yet to find one worth more than a second date, and I’ve wasted a lot of precious time on that endeavor. Not sure if bad advice or not, but I’m about ready to give it up again just for those reasons.

  18. Brad

    What’s the worst advice you’ve ever taken?
    – Invest in your company until it hurts. This was a life lesson that my father followed and for most of his life it proved to be successful, until it wasn’t. He lost almost everything he had, spent years paying off company debt (personal choice), and has had to rebuild smaller/leaner than ever before. I followed this philosophy throughout my 20s and lost money left and right. The thought process was if I had extra money (sometimes from 2nd or 3rd jobs), I needed to dump it into the next “big idea.” I did not find wealth, freedom, or a sustainable living from doing this. I found myself scraping by paycheck-to-paycheck.

    What bad advice are you currently following RIGHT NOW?
    – That the only way to have security is to have a steady 9-5 career and work your way into higher paying positions. I know that from reading posts/emails from that others have found success. I am just fearful of being burned, again…

  19. Danielle

    1. “Always have another job lined up before you quit your current job.” I’ve heard so many people say this that I think it has gone beyond advice to become “common knowledge”. It’s difficult to understand how detrimental this axiom may be unless you’ve been in a situation where it wasn’t so easy to just “line up another job”. I worked a job that made me miserable for 10 months because I thought I absolutely had to have another job before I quit and that wasn’t really feasible while working irregular 60+ hour weeks with little to no flexibility to take time off. I felt like such a failure when I finally had to admit that my job search was probably never going to be successful while I was working for nightmare employer. My advice is to have enough money saved that you can leave a bad situation (job, relationship, apartment, etc.) immediately and don’t stick around if there’s little hope for positive change.

    2. “Try to see the good in people”. This is another bit of generally good advice that doesn’t always apply. There are some people who don’t deserve empathy, but it’s in my nature to empathize anyway.

  20. Björn B.

    1. “You have to go all in in order to win”
    This entrepreneurship myth made me blow a lot of time and money into a full-time project that failed. The real way to do it is to keep the day job and build the business on the side.

    2. “You have to read this book, this blog and this article…”
    Reading is a good way too learn, but there is too much information out there to ever consume everything. I should start taking action and learn more by doing.

  21. Elizabeth

    Q1. When brainstorming, don’t list ideas that aren’t proven. (Honestly, then, what’s the point of brainstorming in a group?!?)
    Q2. You have time. Get to it when you’re ready and when it’s the right time. (No one knows how much time they have in this life. Complacency is no one’s friend: get to it when you’re not ready and get out of your comfort zone!)

  22. Lars van Schagen

    Q1: Just call companies and do acquisition it will work, or get an agent.
    Q2: Just call your network and sell three animations for the price of one.

  23. Jessica

    “Stop trying to find your ‘dream job’ right out of college. It isn’t going to happen, so just take any job you can find.” -my ex-husband, parents, society. Thanks to that, I got started in, and still fighting to get out of, under-paying and less-than-I’m-worth jobs. I didn’t realize how much one job choice can affect the next.

    The worst advice I’m following now: you have to be careful with every single purchase you make. Count pennies, clip coupons, and buy on sale!

  24. STAR

    A Woman’s Place is to serve the husband not to be involved with the managing the money or bills

  25. L.A. Howe

    Q1. “There is no cure for your condition. You should just find the best ways to cope with it.”
    I “coped” for a few years, and while the worst parts improved with the recommended treatments, I was unsatisfied with my quality of life. So I took treatment in my own hands and started trying to find other treatments that would help. In the last few years, my quality of life has improved by leaps and bounds, and I am working with people who are actively moving toward a cure.

    Q2. I am unaware of any bad advice I am taking now. I am full y engaged in learning to “go with my gut.”

  26. Noel

    Advice about women (prior to being engaged) … “Just be yourself”. … yea … nope! Myself is a comic book collecting, video gaming rock climbing nerd. Women don’t want that cuz they won’t see past that.

    Later on after realizing this mistake, I instead presented myself as a confident, successful, decisive person that kept in great shape and ate all organic food. THAT worked like a charm.

    Yeah don’t “be yourself” cuz your nerdiness is never appreciated by the opposite sex~ lol

  27. Jonathan

    1. “We can afford the rent, the dogs, every little (insert “upgrade”) to our lifestyle, it will all work out.” A year later I had slowly depleted nearly ten thousand dollars in savings, in large part because the sales job I had taken after we moved was a horrible one and none of us were making commissions. Then I found out the reason she could “afford” her half on her lower salary was because her dad bought her the car she drove, paid for insurance, paid for utilities, paid for tons of things, and unbeknownst to me she was nearly ten thousand dollars in credit card debt on top of it all.

    2. Too much positivity around the unknown, similar to above. “Oh it will be alright.” Done with it. I’m taking matters into my own hands when it comes to what I achieve in the next few years.

  28. Jim

    1. I bought a house. Even though I was a single guy who preferred to live by himself, I had a semi-decent paying secure job, so of course I should buy a house with more bedrooms than I need.

    Even though a 1-bedroom apartment walking distance from my workplace would have been $500-600 less per month at the time I bought the house, and even today 8 years later would still be $200-300 less per month.

    I did the math a couple of years ago, and had I rented close to work rather than buying a house further out in the ‘burbs, over the course of 5 years, I would have spent about $30,000 less on living and commuting expenses.

    2. I don’t know. I’ve had my head down this year working for myself and haven’t taken the time to do much self-examination. I’m finishing up my last two or three projects for clients over the next two weeks, then I’m using the rest of December to review my first year as a full-time freelancer and plan 2017.

  29. pallavi

    Worst advice: I had to pick a college major in 5 minutes. I was an artist all throughout high school and I guess my parents thought I’d grow out of it?! Anyway we never had a talk about my major and on the day of college enrollment when I started to put down Art my dad said what are you doing. You can’t major in art. I was lost. He wouldn’t let me put down undeclared so I literally scanned through the course catalog quickly and picked something in 5 minutes!

    I’m not following any advice from anyone now! I’m done with bad advice. In most situations people advising you for something are not experts in that field so why listen to them?

  30. Katherine Chalmers

    “You should change your major from International Business to History and Political Science. It’s the best preparation for a career in the Foreign Service.” (From a former Secretary of State)

    I found out later that the business degree would have been at least as good (if not better) and it would have been a shit ton more useful for getting a decent first job after college. Especially after a) I visited the consulate in Paris and realized that no, I really didn’t want to spend my life stamping visas in some war-torn third world hell hole since only people with much better connections than mine got the glamorous assignments; and b) I saw that the best job my smartest friend, the summa cum laude Russian area studies major, could get with the agency was driving a truck for a scummy government contractor in Moscow.

  31. Sara

    “If you just study and do you work ell, then you’re going to do well. ” “When you graduate into a profession, there will be plenty of jobs available and many jobs will severely lack workforce
    Turns out it’s not quite true. There was another recession, and where on earth are those jobs that were supposed to be available after the babyboomers retired..? Why didn’t anyone ever tell me research before picking a profession? All my parents cared about was that I would stay in the same city as they did. And my teachers never said anything about the life outside of school. I did everything that was asked of me and I did it well, and this is all the thanks I get? I feel betrayed. Why didn’t anyone tell me that it’s just a game not to be taken too seriously?

    “Just do what you want, it doesn’t matter.” At my current job, it’s difficult to get advice, because usually people just say that it doesn’t matter, or just do what you want. However usually this isn’t teh case, and after I’ve finished or almost finished whatever I was doing, they come and tell me that I shouldn’t do that. And ask why I didn’t ask for help (??!?). And then I get told off for doing exactly what I was told to do. How frustrating.

    “Don’t worry, you have plenty of time.” Untill I don’t. So who could tell me what to do now, before things get more difficult with time?

  32. Talia Koren

    1. “Just ignore them,” was the advice I got from friends and family while working my first job under supervisors who were nothing short of disrespectful to me and my other entry-level colleagues.

    Looking back, I should have put in an official complaint and gotten out of that environment earlier. I’m fully aware that you have to pay your dues in some companies, but that may include working long hours and doing hours of tedious work no one else wants to do. That shouldn’t include verbal abuse or humiliation of any kind. Just ignoring them put a huge dent in my confidence and self-worth.

    2. “Say yes to everything” was the advice I got from a social media influencer I look up to. She said that to me when I met her in person at an event.

    Being open minded is good, but saying yes to everything leads to a cluttered, stressful life. On the other side, I keep hearing “say no more” from people I look up to as well. Finding the balance between what you should be saying yes and no to is tough!

  33. Michael

    1) “Just be yourself.”

    You can’t give that kind of vague advice to a person who does not yet fully know who they are or what they want, and is not aware that they do now know.

    Went for years being a rude, sarcastic, snarky asshole, especially during political or religious conversations. I thought I was hilarious and witty, but it wasn’t until I looked around and saw I had no friends that I realized maybe I was the only one who thought I was funny.

    2) “Do it when you’re ready.”

    I think “readiness” has two components: technical and emotional. To some extent, it is true that a person may or may not be ready to accomplish a particular task. But I find that there are far many more people who are technically ready, but emotionally not, and they hold themselves back out of fear. I hate to admit it, but I’m in the latter category in terms of some projects I’ve been working on. I have no idea why I’ve procrastinated this long.

  34. Michael

    is not aware that they do *not know.

  35. Julie

    1.”Don’t train as a veterinary nurse, it won’t be intellectually stimulating enough”
    Perhaps, but I’m sure it would have led to other things and beat wasting time on a BA and MSc.

    2. Don’t think I’ve taken anyone’s advice for ages… which may be a bad thing in itself

  36. Isabel

    1) Go to graduate school and your job prospects will increase.

    I went to graduate school and went into debt to pay for tuition, but my job prospects were still the same as if I only had an undergraduate degree. But I was able to secure a job with an agency anyway and was able to pay off my loans in a few years after graduating.

    2) In order to get a promotion, you need to prove you’re a leader.

    I’m introverted and like to be independent, so it’s hard to outshine anyone in my team or lead a project on my own without it feeling mentally and emotionally draining.

  37. Yoamny Feliz

    My parents would say….to “control myself” when I would get emotional or start crying……

    I did….and not I have anger issues 🙁 lol…but I’m learning to manage them better…..

  38. Arwen Rogers

    1. Tried going back to school in Nursing after major surgery disrupted my current career and passion just because my dad said, “I told you so.” I was already in surgery debt and trying to even walk upright, walking to classes I hated in subjects I wasn’t good at. Thankfully I had enough guts to try it out for 1 year and then withdraw. Just going to school isn’t worth it if the goal does not motivate you through the tough spots. Better to just work any old job than to get into more school debt (especially if you already have 2 degrees, including a Masters)
    2. “Say yes to every opportunity because you never know which one will be the right one!” This is the equivalent of “don’t make your own decisions and let others rule your life.” Still working on this one. Now that I look over the first one essentially I’m still living for other people. Yikes. Kicking my own pants right now 😀

  39. Gemma

    “Just do what you love.” Everything has trade-offs. Love business or politics, chances are you won’t have time for hobbies particularly at the beginning of your career. Love to write or sculpt? Chances are you’ll be eating a lot of pasta especially at the beginning of your career. Love biology and want to become a doctor? You’ll spend a decade training and work shiftwork at the start of your career.
    I just wish someone had explained that you have to chose the things you give up as well as the things you value.

    “Don’t worry, we can pay down the credit card really quickly after x.” (x seemed to change frequently) The fact that I value being out of debt doesn’t mean my husband does. From here I work not just on paying it down to 0 where it was a year ago but on making sure he remembers it’s a deal breaker to ever go there again.

  40. Jacqui St. Cyr

    Worst advice – “Get a college degree and it will get you further ahead in your career”. And I believed it!!
    I’m making less money than I made in 1984!!

    Currently – I want to relocate and many people are saying, “you didn’t make it when you moved to Florida, what makes you think you’ll do better in another state (Maryland)?”

    I know I will do better because I’m in this course and I am so excited about learning from this course and the psychology behind the whole approach.

  41. Shayne

    Get a college degree in a good, safe field like accounting so you can pay your bills. Then you can make time to do what you enjoy.

  42. Ryan Cina

    1, “You’re smart and good with numbers. You should major in business.”

    2. “Keep your money on the sidelines. The market has to go down sooner or later.” I try not to listen to this, but I can’t seem to find any stocks to invest in. So, I’ve invested in myself via Dream Job and Zero to Launch.

  43. Doug

    Worst Advise; Treat others the way You want to be treated, for so many reasons.

    Best Advise; Know the difference between Facts and Opinions, Opinions based on Facts, Opinions based upon Opinions. Learn to test other peoples Opinions and understand how to create, search for, and test for Facts.

  44. Blake

    Go to university, get a degree!

  45. Hans

    “Have a child”

    My girlfriend and I both wanted a child and since work is going well, we decided to go for it. The kid is now 5 months old and it’s the toughest challenge we’ve both faced in our lives.

    By now I’m convinced that the “have a kid”-mindset (invisible script?) is very similar to the “buy” a house mindset (i.e., take out a 30-year mortgage). The house ties you down financially and physically, the kid will take away all your free time.

    I can only encourage everyone in their 20s and early 30s to think *VERY* hard about whether you’re willing to give up your life in order to take care of a child, before becoming pregnant. I’m not joking. You will give up your life and every hobby you hold dear for at least a couple of years.

    My girlfriend and I weren’t prepared. We had no idea what we were getting into. We used to travel, go to the cinema, go out for dinner, watch a movie together, go to the gym, or maybe just relax at home with a nice book.

    During the day, you get 90 minute windows of free time every 2 hours, during which you can catch up with household chores and that’s if you’re lucky and the kid falls asleep. Oh and there’s screaming. Lot’s of screaming.

    In the evening, you may get lucky and have the time past 8 PM off, if the kid falls asleep.

    If you’re unlucky, you have to take care of it for 16 hours during the day and calm it down every 2 hours at night. Sleep deprivation is a given for us.

    I’m not saying not to have kids, but we had known back then what we know now, we would have postponed it at least 5, maybe even 10 years.

    Most parents won’t admit any of this to themselves, let alone to others, but if you look online, you will find plenty of stories (“regret having children”). On the contrary, you’ll be bombarded with pro-child propaganda, very similar to the conditioning taking place regarding buying a house or an expensive car.

    You have been warned.

  46. Julien

    One of the worst advice was regarding my ambition to be an entrepreneur after several years in a company, from 2-3 persons in my network.

    “Why do you want to leave a 9-5 job paying you around 150k€ per year? Play it safe and relax. Don’t start a business as it will bring stress and uncertainty. You don’t imagine the administrative nightmare that it is, and what you need to do to earn enough money out of your business”.

    These persons are not anymore close to me. And I have achieved my ambition 🙂

  47. ankit

    I joined marketing field when I passed out with my post graduation.
    Because someone told me that in this field I earn very good.

  48. Annon

    Worst advice: anything my mother has told me. She is a really bad advice giver and it took me a while to realize it.

    Worst advice im still following: I sometimes still listen to my mother despite knowing her advice is terrible.

  49. Lindi

    Worse Advice: Move to this thriving Domain community in Austin. You’ll love it because you will force yourself to meet new friends and build out a community of people. It will force you to be more outgoing. And you need more people in your life. Result, moved into an apartment I ended up spending way too much money on and felt like I was living in a frat house because people didn’t value quality, quiet, or well constructed venues. Moving to a new place has highly improved my quality of living and reduced my rent by $350 a month. I’m more outgoing now because I have quiet at home.

    Worst advice I’m still following: Do more. You’ll be happy if you keep working harder. Take on more 2 full time jobs by growing your side business. You gotta work harder.

  50. Laura Ray

    The worst advice that I ever took was from ME! I had an opportunity to sell a lot that I purchased. The offer was 2x the price that I closed on it for 2 weeks prior. Instead, I took my advice to keep it and overbuild on it (second piece of bad advice). I love my house. I love my life in it. 10 years later, I can’t sell it for a breakeven.

    The bad advice that I am taking right now? I honestly can’t think of anything.

  51. Dana J Terry-Pettigrew

    Worst advice – “It’s OK to use the home inspector recommended by the real estate agent (on top of using the same agent as the seller)…

    $7500 later for a new AC and furnace

    Worst advice now…NONE – thinking for myself!

  52. Lucy

    Worst advice I’ve taken: Well, the interesting thing is that this advice sounded reasonable at the time. ‘Don’t worry about what career to do. Get a good degree from a good university in a subject you enjoy and are good at. As long as you work hard, you can’t go wrong.’ And ‘don’t buy a house now, you don’t want to be tied down at such a young age, the mortgage is a millstone round your neck, suppose you need to move for your career?’ This just before the huge, unending house price rises in my country, that merely paused during the financial crash before continuing their relentless uphill climb. A country where renters have limited rights compared to other similar countries. There was also the advice’ don’t buy now, it’s too late, houses are overvalued. They are bound to crash!’
    Worst advice I’m taking now? I don’t know! That’s the hard thing, isn’t it? I think that the bigger the decision, the more ‘advice’ there is on it, and often you just don’t have the information to make the ‘right’ decision. As long as you own your decision, and make the best decision you could at the time, I’m not sure what else you can do.

  53. Jonathan

    The worst I’ve advice I’ve been given? Well it’s hard to narrow it down to one, as I’ve followed lots of bad advice. One really bad decision I allowed myself to make was letting family members talk me into joining a multi-level marketing scheme right after college. It was a total scam. I know, suprise, right? I got taken for over a thousand dollars when I really could not afford to lose that kind of money.

    The worst advice I’m still following? Well I’d like to think I’ve gotten better at casting aside bad advice.

  54. Erin C

    1) Went back to grad school to get my PhD. Didn’t get it, took out more loans trying while my advisor told everyone I was a horrible student. It effectively ended my career despite having 2 degrees & years of experience.
    2) I wish I knew so I could stop following it immediately.

  55. Tara

    Worst Advice: Kill them with kindness. Nope. Kindness doesn’t kill assholes, it makes it easier for them to trample all over you. Sure, people think you’re super sweet by being kind, but realistically you’ll get plowed down by that narcissistic colleague/boss/”friend” who’s putting themselves first. (The right advice would be to always put yourself first).

    Worst advice I’m still following: Take on additional projects to demonstrate your abilities. Yes, now they know I’m smart and can do the work, but it just means I get my colleagues work dumped on me (on top of my own workload).