1. Don’t try new things or push your limits.
At the end of Stare Master, Fluttershy says: “I assumed that I’d be just as good with kids as I am with animals. Boy, was I wrong. I really learned the hard way not to bite off more than I can chew.” The trouble is that she WAS quite good with the kids, she simply had to learn a new skill (which she mastered in an evening.)
2. Insist on befriending intimidating and/or scary people.
In Luna Eclipsed, the ponies try to befriend Princess Luna , who gave them every reason to steer clear of her crazy attitude. Sure she turned out okay in the end, but STRANGER DANGER!
3. If something illogical is happening, forget logic…just go with it.
In Feeling Pinkie Keen, Twilight tries to logically explain Pinkie’s “pinkie sense,” but comes up without answers. So, she simply reports: “I now realize there are wonderful things in this world you just can’t explain, but that doesn’t necessarily make them any less true. It just means you have to choose to believe in them.”
4. How much you love a potential pet is more important than how it practically fits your lifestyle.
Truly terrible advice for potential pet owners. In, May the Best Pet Win!, Rainbow dash falls in love with the “stick-to-it-ive-ness spirit” of a pet turtle. The problem is that Rainbow is a high-speed, competitive, flying racer who lives in the clouds. A turtle was simply an impractical pet choice for her lifestyle. Studio apartment owners shouldn’t have big dogs…Rainbow shouldn’t have a turtle.
5. Don’t work toward your goals, just wait for them.
In The Cutie Pox, Applebloom tried to find a way to earn her cutie mark faster instead of waiting around doing nothing. At the end of the episode she reports: “this dishonesty never works, because you didn’t earn what your heart desired.” But at least she took some initiative. Doesn’t trying to find a creative solution count for something?
6. Pressure your friends into uncomfortable situations for your own benefit
In Hurricane Fluttershy, Rainbow Dash acts like a jerk to Fluttershy. Rainbow nags her into helping compete in a speed-tornado to achieve a record only important to Rainbow, herself. In the end, the goa is achieved, but at what cost?
7. Don’t worry about planning for the future.
In It’s About Time, Twilight drives herself crazy trying to prevent a crisis and learn to “stop worrying and let the future handle itself!” Perhaps a little bit of prevention and planning might still be important, Twilight?
8. If someone you work with sucks, quit.
In Wonderbolts Academy, Rainbow dash drops out of her fancy flying academy (the one she has dreamed of attending) because another student is getting away with cheating. Sure, it sucks to work with someone who seems immune to the rules, but that’s life. In the real world, if you drop out, the chancellor isn’t going to come crawling back to you…you’re only hurting yourself.