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The Best (and Worst) Advice From Bosses

Nov 29, 2014

This article originally appeared on RealSimple.com.

Many of us are lucky enough to work under intelligent leaders we can learn from. Other times, bosses say the darndest things. We asked our Facebook followers for the best and worst advice their bosses ever gave them. These are a few of the highlights.

The Best Advice...

"Dress [for] where you want to be, not where you are." —April C.

"I was talking to my boss about how I'd like to go college, but by the time I graduated, going just part time, I'd be 30. She said, 'Well, aren't you going to be 30 in a few years anyway?' It woke me up! I got my degree when I was 30 and now I'm 50. Thanks, Carmen!" —Janie M.

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"Some days you're the bug. Some days you're the windshield." —Kelly Z.

"My boss told me never to make coffee for my supervisors unless I wanted coffee myself. That said so much." —Karen D.

"Take HALF of [the net amount of] any raise and apply it toward your mortgage. [I] paid off my mortgage before I was 35." —Lynn S.

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"[It's] not exactly advice, but I had a general manager who would come up with a unique, not often used word of the day. It helped expand our vocabularies, was fun, and I now practice this with my children." —Charlene C.

"For me it's been more [about] how I am treated. An ideal boss supports your work, has your back, allows you to grow, and does not micromanage your work. Mine happens to also have a great personality." —Lisa C.

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The Worst Advice...

"You'll have to ask someone else; that's beneath my pay grade." —MJ H.

"If someone asks you a question you don't know the answer to, just make up something. They'll never know the difference." —Becky W.

"If work was meant to be fun, it wouldn't be called work." —Beth G.

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"And I quote, 'You think too much. We aren't paying you to think about it, just read the script.'" —Heather R.

"'You will never make it...' Guess what... I MADE IT BIG TIME." —Nerina H.

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