Unhelpful, inactionable “advice” people say for themselves, not for you

April 13, 2017 by Joshua
in Tips

Here are some things people often say that isn’t useful or helpful, though people probably think it is when they say it.

  • Be yourself
  • Play with feeling
  • Think outside the box
  • Put yourself out there
  • Fail
  • Fail early
  • Fail often
  • You shouldn’t care so much what other people think

If you find yourself saying any of these phrases, thinking you’re helping someone, you probably aren’t because they don’t tell someone what to do. I suggest that you’re probably saying something to hear yourself talk or to avoid saying nothing.

Similarly pointless, to children:

  • What do you want to be when you grow up?
  • I remember you when you were this big.

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