12 Pieces of Boomer Advice That Are Severely Outdated and Useless

As times changes, so do many other things, including those old nuggets of wisdom. Unfortunately, not all advice stands the test of time. For example, people have always said you needed a degree to be successful, but now, that's not the case.

Boomers may have a wealth of life experience to draw from. Still, some of their advice may no longer apply in today's society. Here are 12 pieces of boomer advice we could probably do without now.

1. Buy a House as Soon as You Can

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While owning a home can be a good investment, it's only sometimes feasible or necessary. The current economy and housing market make it difficult for younger generations to afford a home. Renting may be a more practical and affordable option for many.

2. Stay at The Same Job for Your Entire Career

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In the past, it was common for individuals to stay with one company for their entire career until retirement.

However, job stability differs from what it used to be, and it's becoming more common for people to change jobs frequently throughout their working lives. If it'll do you much better to drift from one job to another until you find what suits you most, that's fine.

3. Only Accept a Job if It Pays Well

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While financial stability is essential, it's not the only factor to consider when accepting a job. Job satisfaction, work-life balance, and opportunities for growth and development are also important considerations.

Plus, through volunteering and pro-bono jobs, people have made lasting connections that improved their lives.

4. Get a College Degree

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A college degree can be valuable, but there are other paths to success. As a matter of fact, some successful people today never touched the walls of a college building.

Alternatively, trade schools, apprenticeships, and on-the-job training have proven to lead to successful careers in today's world.

5. Don't Show Emotion in The Workplace

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In the past, they believed showing emotion in the workplace was unprofessional. However, today's workplace values emotional intelligence and empathy, and showing emotion can signify authenticity and vulnerability.

As scholars have it, being able to relate to the emotional concerns of workers is both ethical and helps the team achieve higher success.

6. Implement The Hierarchy

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This used to be precious advice in those days. But time has shown that hierarchies in the workplace can create a rigid and inflexible structure.

Today's workplaces value collaboration, teamwork, and a flat organizational structure. Ranking is outdated and no longer works effectively.

7. Marriage Is The Only Path to Happiness

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While marriage can bring happiness, it's not the only path to a fulfilling life. People can find happiness and fulfillment through friendships, hobbies, and other relationships.

Other people remain happy by being single. When people give this advice, they may say something far from helpful and create unnecessary pressure.

8. Technology Is a Fad

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In the past, they saw technology as a passing trend. People valued more the knowledge that came with actuality. However, it has become an integral part of our daily lives and constantly evolves.

9. You Can't Teach an Old Dog New Tricks

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Today's generation would laugh at this advice. This age-old saying is not valid. Lifelong learning and personal growth are essential at any age.

10. Don't Talk About Politics or Religion

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While discussing politics and religion can be uncomfortable, engaging in respectful and constructive dialogue is vital.

It can lead to greater understanding and empathy for others' perspectives. Disregard this advice if anyone gives it to you because we only make a better society by being engaged in either.

11. Hard Work Is The Only Path to Success

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Hard work is great but can not and will never be the only factor in success. Opportunities, luck, and privilege can also play a role.

Today some people make it well by engaging in less work. Instead, heed this: “Smart work is better than hard work.”

12. Retire as Soon as Possible

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Retirement was once the end goal of one's working life. However, many people continue working past retirement age for financial, social, and personal reasons.

Don't expect your pension or gratuity to take care of every need, and only stop working when you've attained personal goals.

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Boloere Seibidor, fondly called B.S. is a Nigerian-based writer and poet. Her favorite topics to cover include music, especially Hip-Hop, film, lifestyle, and fashion. She's been published by Feral Journal, Fantasy Magazine, The Temz Review, and most notably, Wealth of Geeks. She enjoys romantic dinners, movie nights, and touring new sites. When she's not writing, she's delving back in time to the underground world of Hip-Hop, watching TikTok, or visiting the cinema.