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With age comes a certain measure of wisdom, or so the idea goes.
But is there such a thing as outdated wisdom?
After all, our world and society has been shaped by generations of incredible technological innovations within just the last two decades alone.
So it only stands to reason that some of your beloved grandparent’s “wisdom” just won’t stand up in today’s landscape.
In this article, we take an honest look at 12 pieces of oft-quoted advice passed down through generations, and why you don’t need to follow them anymore!
1. If You Don’t Have Anything Nice to Say
Keeping your mouth shut and going with the status quo no longer works.
The younger generation knows that in order for change to happen, you need to not only speak up, but stand up for what you believe in.
2. Never Give Up a Good Paying Job
This was excellent advice decades ago, when good paying jobs were in limited supply and employers recognized good workers.
But now, employer loyalty is out the window and with so many jobs that pay well, most times are better off switching jobs.
3. Don’t Get a Credit Card
I don’t know anyone today who lives without a credit card.
A few decades ago, they were considered harmful to your livelihood and credit.
Still, today, you need one to build a credit score, take out a loan, or buy anything.
4. Get That Degree
While college can be an excellent tool for learning and advancing individuals to their desired fields, it is not needed to be successful.
Many people don’t go to college and make six figures, have happy lives, and have great work ethics.
Some professions remiss of degrees include real estate agents, truck drivers, and electricians.
5. Drink Milk
Just like I don’t know anyone who lives without a credit card, I don’t know anyone who can drink milk without getting sick.
It used to be a warning to drink as much milk as possible to build strong bones, but almond milk and oat milk raised the bar.
6. Carry Change
When was the last time you scrounged for change?
“My great grandma always said keep all your spare change in your car, and you will always have gas money,” a user shares.
While this tactic may not always come in handy for some, it’s perfect for times when you need to add air to your tire or pay an exact toll.
7. Work in the Office
After the pandemic, remote work became the norm.
Donning a nice shirt for the Zoom camera and leaving your pajama pants on became a workplace staple.
Without increased office attendance, there was no real need to keep offices open, so a good chunk of people resorted to remote work.
Since this method worked, remote work remained.
8. Buy, Don’t Rent
Unless you’re making six figures and live in an area with super affordable housing, you’re probably renting, living with roommates, or with family.
Today, buying a house for the market value isn’t feasible today.
But there isn’t anything wrong with renting. For several years, renting aired a negative connotation. Let’s subjugate those opinions!
9. Get a Job in Person
Loads of users write boomers advised them to secure a fantastic job by waving goodbye to online applications and walking into an establishment, shaking the manager’s hand, and handing them a resume.
I worked at Barnes and Noble for a year, and the general manager despised it when anyone would try to come to talk to her in person for a job.
10. Don’t Take Your Vacation Time
Who needs a vacation when you work 40 hours a week and have unlimited paid time off?
“I heard this so much growing up that I felt both ill and guilty every time I took a vacation after I finally had a job where I got vacation days.
Even if the vacation was for a few days,” a non-boomer writes.
Another millennial speaks to the anti-vacation mindset, “In my job, if we don’t take our holidays, we get put on a report, and our boss tells us off.
Also, if we take all our holidays, we get an extra week but have to use it that year.”
11. Balance the Checkbook
On the off chance a landlord asks for payment in checks, you’ll need to know how to balance the checkbook, but most places accept other forms of payment.
12. Stay at One Job
Depending on the job, workers constantly shuffle to new workplaces with various bosses.
For example, my friend works in the film industry and travels to Kentucky and Atlanta multiple times a year to work as a production designer on film sets.
She’s shifted between bosses to keep her career alive.
If she remained at the same job for the span of her career, she wouldn’t be able to grow or learn.
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