Some pieces of advice are so common they’ve become a cliche. That doesn’t necessarily mean that they’re invalid. If you’re trying to improve an area of your life, don’t start with exotic new trends. Stick with the basics at first.
As advice site Barking Up the Wrong Tree explains, it’s easy to ignore cliche advice because we assume that it’s either wrong or there’s more to it than that. Yet, some common pieces of advice are cliche for a reason:
When [Maker Studios co-founder Shay Carl] wanted to lose weight and get in shape, he didn’t focus on the latest diet book, or look for cutting-edge secrets. He realized all he needed to do was stop ignoring the cliches and actually listen to them. “Eat less and exercise more” is about as trite as they come. It also works.
This applies to many areas in life. “Spend less than you earn” is basic budgeting. “Don’t go to bed angry” is a valid technique for dealing with relationship problems. Cliches may not be the only advice you ever need, but don’t think of them as wrong just because they’re common. Think of them as starting points.
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