People mean well, almost all the time. And when you’re sad, people say things that are meant to help. Motivational speakers build entire careers out of these well-intended, but meaningless phrases that end up on posters and in general conversation.
When I was at a low point in my life, the future seemed rather bleak. I had no job, I had credit card debt of over $20,000, and I didn’t know what to do. I considered moving back in with my parents, only they were a hundred miles away, and I knew my life was meant to be lived in my own city. The economy was awful, my roommate situation was less than ideal, and I was at a loss.
My friends tried to help. They’d say things (some listed below) that were meant to cheer me up. But they never cheered me up. Instead, they made me angry. At myself, at my friends who I thought clearly didn’t understand what I was going through, and at my prospects.
We’ve all been there. We know it gets better. Here are 16 common pieces of career advice you shouldn’t follow. Try to avoid them, and use alternatives!