Most cliche advice falls into one of three categories:
- It’s a cliche because it’s true! i.e. “Always consider the source!”
- It’s a cliche because it tells us what we want to hear! i.e. “Follow your dreams!”
- It’s a cliche because it’s catchy! i.e. “Where there’s a will, there’s a way!”
The problem is that far too few people stop and consider the advice they’re offering or receiving. One of the reasons we offer bad cliche advice is that we know how we’ve applied certain advice, and things worked out well for us. However, what we don’t know is how other people are going to personalize or apply that same advice. While certain words may have encouraged wise action on your part, it may lead others to utter foolishness.
Here are three cliches that are TERRIBLE advice to give someone. They tell us what we want to hear, but not what we need to hear. Unfortunately, my alternative suggestions aren’t as catchy.
Be sure to stick around to the very end for some encouraging words on pursing your passions!