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We Asked People About The Best Advice They Received From a Stranger

“It’s important to be broke at least once in your life.”
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It’s a famous movie trope: a troubled character sits on a bench and suddenly meets a wise stranger who knows exactly how to solve their problem and, in turn, totally changes their life.

It happens in real life too. A few weeks ago, a stranger told me that marriage is like the worst thing a boyfriend has done to me, multiplied by 30. I don’t know how accurate that is — she could have just been healing from a bad break-up — but now I can’t help but use that to gauge whether or not a relationship is worth sticking with.


It was a random, life-changing encounter, and it got me thinking — do other people have interactions like this too?

We asked the VICE readers: What’s the best advice you’ve gotten from a stranger?


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“No one can destroy iron, but its own rust can. Likewise, a person’s mindset can destroy his or hers.”


“Comfort is a drug. The comfort zone is where dreams go to die.”

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“If you don’t like where you are right now, leave. Just leave.”


“Just say 'thank you' — no apologizing, no self-deprecating humour.”


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“It’s important to be broke at least once in your life. Welcome it, it builds resilience.”


“Stop chasing your passion and just grab opportunities.”

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“Don’t be stupid!”

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