I can’t count the number of sentences that have been spoken to me that start with “if you want my advice…”

Of course, most of the time, I didn’t, because the thing about advice is, it’s everywhere, and most of it isn’t very useful.

That’s why it can be helpful to distinguish what’s worked vs. what hasn’t in retrospect, and then, say, compile the working ones in some kind of Twitter thread, like this.

Let’s see if we can get wiser, shall we?

13. Does this need to be said?

This man is an international treasure.

12. Be a friend

If you wouldn’t talk that way about anyone else, don’t talk that way about you.

11. Believe them

Benefit of the doubt is one thing, denial of reality is another.

10. No sorrys

As someone who’s worked a bit as an actor, shame on the performers who get so full of themselves they make the crew around them feel the need to apologize for their existence.

9. Sweep the floor

You know what they say, if you’ve got time to lean…

8. Where’s the lie?

I can’t tell if this is genius or dangerous.

7. No obligation

Measure it out.

6. Marriage advice

Seems legit.

5. Lie of omission

It speaks volumes.

4. The simple truth

Be ready for more.

3. I can dig it

You’ll hurt yourself too.

2. I assume

Double check, maybe.

1. Baby problems

I don’t know how new parents make it.

Those all seem pretty good to me!

What’s the best bit of advice you’ve ever gotten?

Tell us in the comments.