Do what you love and the money will follow. Major in STEM if you ever want to make any money. Never job hop. Job hop to get ahead. Take the job that will make you happy, no matter the salary. Always go for the higher salary.
There’s no shortage of advice out there about making a living, and it’s not always consistent. Sometimes, it’s because you’re getting out-of-date advice from well-meaning people, like your Dad who hasn’t looked for a job in decades. Other times, common nuggets of career wisdom might make sense generally but not apply to your situation. And sometimes, the things people telling you are just flat out wrong.
So, who – and what – should you believe when you’re looking for advice on navigating your career and making a living? A good rule of thumb is to take what you hear with a grain of salt and think carefully about how what you’re hearing applies to your particular situation.
“If you spend enough time consuming popular business and career advice, sooner or later, you’re bound to hear both sides of every issue,” Steve Tobak wrote in Entrepreneur. “You’ll have one self-proclaimed expert telling you one thing and another telling you exactly the opposite. It’s got to be confusing, to say the least.”
In short, there may be no such thing as universally applicable advice about making a living. But there are some bits of “wisdom” that are anything but. From career tips that last made sense in the Reagan era to misguided advice on doing what you love, here are the 10 worst lies you’ve been told about getting ahead in your career and making a living.