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People Recount the Worst Career Advice They Ever Received


There's a lot of advice out there, and not all of it is good. In fact, whether we chose to follow or ignore it, we've all been given questionable guidance in life, especially when it comes to our careers.

Recently on Twitter, organizational psychologist Adam Grant, who hosts the TED podcast WorkLife, asked people to share the worst career advice they've ever received. Tons of successful people from all walks of life shared the "helpful" nuggets the ignored or regretted heeding. Some were well-meaning pearls that no longer apply to the modern economy, while others almost seemed designed to set people up for failure (had they followed them).

Source: Twitter

Wow, that's a lot of questionable guidance in one tweet. Starting from the bottom, it's hard to imagine advising anyone to not write a book. I'm having trouble understanding what the reasoning behind that would be. Adam ignored that advice and is a bestselling author who has dedicated his career to helping people find motivation and meaning in their lives. He's a professor, a podcaster, and a writer, so clearly that advice about not doing multiple projects was also terrible.