Whether you're at the top of your career game or just starting out - somewhere along the way you have probably asked someone older, wiser or just with more experience for some advice. Sometimes we receive advice from a mentor that becomes gospel we will pass on to others we meet - or in the case of the people on this list - advice that could have or did hurt instead of help.

Adam Grant, a psychologist and New York Times bestselling author, asked Twitter: "What's the worst career advice you've ever received?" and shared his top three worst nuggets to start it off. Turns out he's not the only one, people hopped on the thread and shared some painfully bad career tips - even Monica Lewinsky responded and we all know how that went. Scroll down to check them out and don't forget to upvote your favs!

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MonicaLewinsky Report

Laura Zappenduster
Community Member
1 year ago

xDDD

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Not everyone is blessed to have a mentor to give them sound career advice so below are some tips from the masters. From Forbes Agency Council members to CEOs of the biggest corporations, here are some words of wisdom they have shared over the years. The first comes from Karen Wickre, former editorial leader at Google and Twitter, who told Business Insider: "I didn't get this advice, but I learned it by doing, and now it's what I tell others: Always be building your brain trust. This is the web of contacts you can call on when you have questions or need expertise beyond yours."

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janevlyang Report

Luis Milian
Community Member
1 year ago

working overseas you get audited and if you work pass your time required, they can fire you for timesheet fraud, best to NEVER work pass your work time and be a team player during work hours only!

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Ceredwyn Ealanta
Community Member
1 year ago

Her advice is excellent - the advice she got, not so much.

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It's hard not to get disheartened when someone rejects your idea. Freelance writer and New York Times bestselling author, Sara Bliss, says she received invaluable advice from Tony Freund who was a staff writer for Town & Country magazine, that has helped her defeat this mindset. "If an editor rejects an idea, do not scrap it. Instead, he suggested refining and repitching it to the same editor or trying a new one.

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AdvocatLyme Report

Laura Zappenduster
Community Member
1 year ago

How long will it take, till everyone get´s that girls and boys can do anything they want to?

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Captain Awesome
Community Member
1 year ago

Complete bollocks! They'll just make you do more of the shit jobs!

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You might think that showing off your mental prowess is the key to impressing everyone at your job - but sometimes acting like a know-it-all can hinder you. Said Jacob Hanson, PR with Panache! to Forbes: "Oftentimes, leaders feel that they need to be the "smartest guy or gal" in the room, and that couldn't be further from the truth. Good leaders are the smartest one in the room, great leaders surround themselves with smarter people that will challenge ideas, bring new perspectives to the table and drive innovation.

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Bonnie Blue Bird
Community Member
1 year ago

I see this a lot in the healthcare industry. People get pushed to their limits.

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

At 26? That's infuriating. I mean, people are 30 and still in university out there. That headhunter knew no reality or was just lying.

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We've all had those days when we feel overwhelmed as if the work keeps stacking up - well Nicole Rodrigues, NRPR Group, LLC said to Forbes embrace it. "I was told by a mentor very early on that I should never complain when there’s a lot of work to do. I agree and tell my team the same thing. Be thankful there’s work to do. When something becomes easy or routine, it’s a clear sign you’re not growing."

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angela_champ Report

Podunkus
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

That is a notorious cognitive bias known as the “Sunk Cost Fallacy” exercising its powerful grip. By all means, do cut and run when the alarm bells go off in your head.

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Pungent Sauce
Community Member
1 year ago

Well, it’s not brain surgery. Oh, wait.....congrats!

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It's great to get career advice from people you admire but in the end, you should make sure you're the one in control of your destiny. Said Gina Michnowicz, Union+Webster to Forbes: "One of my mentors always said don't let others manage your career because you will be unhappy with the results. What he meant by management is focusing on what skills and experiences you need to ultimately be in your dream job. I managed my moves carefully, making sure that I built the right skills to be a CEO. In the end, he was right and I am happy with the outcome."

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

You don't need those kinds of guys anyway. ♥

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Billy Beecham
Community Member
1 year ago

Not counter-intuitive at all. I know tons of people who loved their hobbies so much they started a business. They were plenty successful, but unhappy and started to hate what they used to love. Not saying it will be that way for everyone. Maybe you will be different. Me? I learned the hard way.

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Podunkus
Community Member
1 year ago

I’m upvoting this one just for the sheer, twisted stupidity of that advice. If you want to go to Nursing School, then make it happen.

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

This one really depends on the workplace. My first work environment was friendly on the outside, toxic on the inside (took me a while, to realise that, always thought the problem was me). My now workplace is really friendly and I made actual friends here, and, oh my, I can feel the difference.

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Ashley Galyen
Community Member
1 year ago

Or worse, talk about children when you don't have any. Kudos for quitting!

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Billy Beecham
Community Member
1 year ago

Yup! I have experience with that. I found it is because the other employees are lazy. The boss or supervisor is either not around much or lazy as well. Nope. Those companies and myself parted ways quickly. I'm here to work, not partake in drama.

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Laura Zappenduster
Community Member
1 year ago

:(

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STress the Terrible
Community Member
1 year ago

And a CFO is... what, exactly?

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Kathy Baylis
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1 year ago

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See my comment on #6.

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Bonnie Blue Bird
Community Member
1 year ago

Just because they're in the teaching profession doesn't mean they will be supportive of your dreams. You do you. To hell with anyone who says you can't be you.

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Ben Smith
Community Member
1 year ago

Thankfully your spouse’s job allows you the luxury of “breaks.”

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago

Ehhh.... Creepy indeed, but! If you bake and bring cookies for everyone at work, they'll like you regardless of age, gender and work position! Because cookies. ♥

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Troux
Community Member
1 year ago

Thank god for the Go Girl! https://www.amazon.com/Urination-Antimicrobial-Portable-Activities-Silicone/dp/B003BEDUS6?th=1

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Billy Beecham
Community Member
1 year ago

Let me see... I recall quite a few facial hairs on more than a couple of very successful people. I absolutely loathe people who let their ignorance and racism shine.

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Billy Beecham
Community Member
1 year ago

Risky? What's risky? Oh wait... I get it now. Someone explain to them that "mentor" is not a sexual thing like slapping a backside. Geniuses. I'm surrounded by brain surgeons in search of a brain to call their own. LOL. Damn straight it's hogwash!

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Jenny Bryl
Community Member
1 year ago

dream killer

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Billy Beecham
Community Member
1 year ago

I hear it all the time. I also see it constantly. Good for you! Another victory for critical thinking! Critical thinkers don't get Darwin Awards.

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Billy Beecham
Community Member
1 year ago

Ahh. Good old critical thinking. I really miss the days when everyone possessed it. Did you know it's on the endangered species list? But hey, look at who we have as president!

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Margareth Su
Community Member
1 year ago

whoa that right there. I assume the advisor is single

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Daria B
Community Member
1 year ago (edited)

Ha! I've gotten the opposite career advice. I mean, "we", it was something a professor told the class. Something like "do not stay at the same workplace for 10 years / do not accept a 10 year contract - it's a waste of life, you have to gain various kinds of experience." I think, in the end, it all depends on the individual and the job(s) they do.

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Billy Beecham
Community Member
1 year ago

As long as you are fully aware of the ramifications, chase away my friend. I always looked down on dream smashers and nay sayers. Doom and gloom just because they are unhappy, or think they know it all.

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AlphaPuck
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1 year ago

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I want to know what the hell that degree is useful for... Sounds pretty sexist to not include gay man issues in your studies.

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Billy Beecham
Community Member
1 year ago

I was told my math skills were so poor I would never be able to work in computer industry. Wrong. Glad I never listened.

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DrJNicholas Report

Billy Beecham
Community Member
1 year ago

Right on, sister! I personally have found the most rewarding things I've done have been out of love. Love for my brothers and sisters and love for what I am doing.

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Billy Beecham
Community Member
1 year ago

Why? Because you couldn't possibly handle coming to work and actually putting forth effort? Don't listen to that advice.

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Billy Beecham
Community Member
1 year ago

and by extension, lower your standards. Nope. Not gonna happen!

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