Yes, Sometimes You SHOULD Burn Bridges Behind You

September 13, 2016

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“Never burn bridges behind you” is a saying we’ve all been taught since grade school. Conventional wisdom is to always end every relationship–whether personal or professional—amicably, and leave the door open.  You never know when you might need that company or person again, right?

But sometimes you should burn bridges. There are some people and situations you don’t need in your life ever again, because they’re just that bad. Here are six examples of situations when you should throw in the towel, sever all ties, and set fire to that bridge—and never look back. (Originally shared on


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