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What am I supposed to do with all this career / life advice?

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Follow your passion.
Don’t follow your passion.

Listen to your parents.
Don’t listen to your parents.

It’s a mistake.
It’s not a mistake.

Believe in God.
Don’t believe in God.

Go to college.
Don’t go to college.

Drop out of college.
Don’t drop out of college.

Quit your job.
Don’t quit your job.

Have something to fall back on.
Never have something to fall back on.

Use safety nets.
Don’t use safety nets.

Use credit cards.
Don’t use credit cards.

Pick something which is practical.
Never pick something which is practical.

Consider future career opportunities.
F*ck future career opportunities.

Marry rich.
Don’t marry rich.

Save up for retirement.
Don’t save up for retirement.

Patience!
Screw patience!

Weekends are for the family.
Weekends are for the family? says who?

We do it all for our children.
It’s a myth that we do it all for our children.

Change the world.
Don’t try to change the world.

Save the planet.
Our planet doesn’t care if you’ll save it.

Care about achieving conventional success.
Never care about achieving conventional success.

Care what people think and say about you.
Never care what people think and say about you.

Be yourself.
Don’t be yourself.

Get good grades.
Good grades don’t matter.

Your parents know what is best for you.
Your parents only think that they know what is best for you.

Your parents always care only about your needs.
It’s a myth that your parents always care only about your needs.

You should make your parents proud.
Screw making your parents proud.

Don’t be a grasshopper.
Be a grasshopper.

Do what you love.
Don’t do what you love.

Your 20s is the best and also the most important time of your life.
Forget that your 20s is the best and also the most important time of your life.

Follow the rules.
Break the rules.

Listen to people who are wiser than you.
Never assume that certain people are wiser than you.

The name of your school / college is what matters most.
The name of your school / college is what matters least.

Building your CV should be your priority.
F*ck building your CV.

Have zero gaps or inconsistencies in your CV.
Never worry if there are gaps or inconsistencies in your CV.

Don’t listen to naysayers.
Listen to some naysayers.
Listen to all naysayers.

Read negative comments.
Never read negative comments.

Ignore your haters.
Love your haters.

Worry about recognition.
Don’t worry about recognition.

Cut out your controlling parents.
Never cut out your parents.

Send your child to private school.
Never send your child to private school.

Listen to yourself.
Don’t listen to yourself.

Listen to your heart.
Don’t listen to your heart.

Work your butt off.
Have the “right” balance of work and life. (whatever that means)

Be everywhere.
Be only in one place.

Use social media.
Whether or not you use social media is irrelevant (or not that important).

Have a facebook page.
Delete your facebook page.

Only use iPhone.
Never use iPhone.

Read more.
Read less.

Have all your ducks in a row before you start.
Throw yourself off the cliff and assemble an airplane on the way down.

First impression is everything.
First impression is never everything.

Eat more vegetables.
Eat less vegetables.

Use virtual assistants.
Don’t use virtual assistants.

Meet with people.
Don’t meet with people (you’ll waste your time that way).

Your work is the most important part of your life.
Your work is not the most important part of your life.

Be a helicopter parent.
Never be a helicopter parent.

Reward your kids for good grades.
Never reward your kids for good grades.

Never work on weekends.
Always work on weekends.

Changing your career in your 40s is a good move.
Changing your career in your 40s is a bad move.

End your marriage.
Never end your marriage.

Follow Jesus.
Don’t follow Jesus.

Reading books will alter your life.
Reading books will not alter your life.

Be your child’s friend.
Don’t be your child’s friend.

Ideas are crap; execution is everything.
Ideas are not crap; execution isn’t everything.

Prepare!
Never prepare!

Wait until you’re ready.
If you wait until you’re ready, you’ll be waiting the rest of your life.

Play it safe.
Playing it safe is the riskiest thing ever.

Work from home.
Never work from home.

Money should never be your motivation.
Money should always be your motivation.

Work work work.
Rest rest rest.

Pleasure now.
Pleasure later.

Just do it.
Don’t just do it.

Start somewhere (anywhere — it doesn’t matter where you start).
Don’t just start anywhere (it matters a lot where you start).

F*ck! What am I supposed to do with all this career / life advice?
I guess it means screw the advice, don’t listen to anybody. Nobody actually knows the ultimate success formula or has all the answers. But it’s always tempting to think that since we are on the pedestal we do know the ultimate success formula or that we do have all the answers.