Don’t take career advice from these people. Their advice is more likely to erode your human soul, strip away any progress and optimism, and instill more ignorance than if you just didn’t ask for advice from anyone.
The Deliberate Illiterate
People who believe they don’t have to read are the worst for career advice. I mean physical books — magazine articles, social media posts, LinkedIn professionals, and YouTube videos, don’t count.
The Deliberate Illiterate defends their choice not to read with the following excuses:
- They don’t have the time to read.
- They don’t enjoy reading.
- They can just pay someone else to do the job for them.
- They’ll wait for the movie.
Books are great because:
- They contain more wisdom than a 3-minute video.
- They don’t require batteries.
- They don’t go dark under sunlight – unlike all these wonderful, expensive devices.
- Paper is biodegradable, and we can grow more trees!
- We can’t grow more rocks.
The Devil’s Advocate
The Devil’s Advocate is the person with the biggest but in the meeting. No, that’s not a misspelling; I mean but because they usually offer an opinion just to start an argument of dissent. Coincidentally, they usually do have the biggest butt.
Why waste your time arguing? Every business owner I’ve met doesn’t waste their time going back-n-forth on meaningless details. Instead, they focus on how to do what they set out to do.
A Devil’s Advocate will remind you of the fires you’ll need to put out. What they fail to realize is that those fires are usually not a real problem, and are handled by people who are paid to handle them. You never see a firefighter standing outside a corporate office saying, “I’ll stand here until this place catches fire.”
Cliches like Clockwork
Don’t let your career be a generalization, wrapped in words people are tired of hearing. That’s why it’s important to avoid career advice from people who rely on the expression of others to articulate themselves.
Narrow, lazy minded, people, who are incapable of forming an original sentence, are the least likely to advance in their career. They’re also usually on a career path chosen by someone else, such as their parents, or through complacency.
Cynics and Pessimistic Fucks
Negative Nancy and Debbie Downer are partners in Nowhere, Incorporated. Their initial public offering was met with a negative drop in stock value, and they haven’t recovered since.
People who are pessimistic and cynical about the future stare down its road and only see dead ends. They believe they have no further to go, and so they stay where they’re at.
Unfortunately, staying in the same spot means you aren’t advancing your career, and if it’s not advancing, then everything else around you might be — and in comparison your career is going into the negative.
The only dead end in your career is one where you meet the grim reaper. Some people even do better with their lives in retirement. So, keep your energy up, remain optimistic, and avoid the cynics.
Human Resources Manager
Why is this one on here, you ask?
Simple: The person who signs the human resource manager’s paycheck has a vested interest to keep company costs down. Who are you to ask for a raise, a promotion, a vacation?
Then there’s senior management – the supervisors of the human resource manager. They have an interesting in keeping their jobs. How would they respond knowing the HR manager helped you advance to a position that you became their boss?
Who to Take Career Advice From
Find someone who has done it, and ask them.
Want to be a doctor? Ask a doctor.
Want to be a five-star pro-football player? Ask a five-star pro-football player.
Want to be a belly dancer in the middle of Montana during a winter storm? Go to the middle of Montana in January and find a belly dancer.