12 things successful people never, ever do

Success looks different for everyone.

There is no surefire road to success that looks the same for everyone.

But one thing is for sure:

There are some things successful people simply don’t do.

And that is what I’m going to cover in this article.

If you find that you have some of these habits, don’t worry. All you have to do to boost your chances of success is to stop doing them.

1. Failing to take action

It’s easy to come up with new ideas.

But what’s difficult is taking action to make those dreams a reality.

Successful people don’t suffer from “paralysis of analysis”.

They take action and get sh*t done.

They find out if their ideas are good ideas by testing them out and learning from their mistakes.

A successful person doesn’t take action without a plan.

But once they have a plan, they don’t waste time to take action and see if the plan works.

2. Quit after the first try

Have you ever succeeded at something the first time you did it?

It’s rare that everything works out on the first try.

Successful people don’t get discouraged if they fail on their first go.

They know that it’s part of the process.

There is no such thing as an overnight success.

The only way you’ll achieve something worth achieving is if you fail…multiple times.

Look at any successful person.

Eminem got rejected by dozens of record labels before he was signed.

J.K Rowling had her book rejected by several book publishers.

Henry Ford created two car companies that failed before Ford Motor Company.

They succeeded because they persisted through grit and determination.

If you want to be successful, then you need to stick it out when things aren’t going your way.

3. Having no plan

If you wing it, you’re unlikely to be successful.

While taking action is important, taking action without a plan is what a successful person doesn’t do.

A successful person has a written plan of how they are going to achieve their goal. And they take it step by step.

This doesn’t mean a successful person isn’t flexible. They need to be if they’re going to achieve their goal.

Being succesful involves understanding that we live in a world of contingency; nothing always goes as planned.

Someone who is successfuk is able to go with the flow, ride the wave, roll with the punches. They aren’t fazed when the train rolls right off the tracks (as it often does).

Instead, they’re able to take things as they come and adapt their game plan according to their ever-changing circumstances.

It’s imperative to map out your destination before you start your journey.

4. Believing in luck

There’s no denying that luck comes into play when it comes to success.

But a successful person knows that you put yourself in a position to be lucky by putting in the work.

They don’t rely on luck. It’s all about showing up and doing the hard work first.

Afterwards, good things will happen.

Even if other people call those good things “luck”.

5. Stop learning

If you want to grow as a person, you can’t stay stagnant.

Successful people are always learning.

This is why they’re not afraid to make mistakes because they see it as an opportunity to learn.

Whether it’s a new skill to learn, a new nugget of wisdom, or a problem to be solved, a successful person never shies away from growing as a person.

6. Think they know everything

This is another reason a successful person is always willing to learn.

They know they don’t know everything. It’s impossible to having everything figured out.

Unsuccessful people tend to settle into a set number of beliefs, and they use these beliefs as their barrier from the rest of the world for their entire lives.

But successful people are always looking to understand things they don’t really know.

They want to know the Whys and Hows that make up the world, no matter what the topic might be, and this simply comes from their innate sense of fascination and respect for everything around them.

A successful keeps an open mind and tries to see an issue from both sides.

There’s no reason to think black and white. It limits your thinking

They think in shades of grey.

7. Speaking negatively of themselves

How do you talk about yourself?

While it may seem obvious, people who succeed in life don’t constantly put themselves down.

A successful person doesn’t speak negatively about themselves. They don’t act like a victim.

They’re proud of their achievements and what they’ve learned in their life.

There’s no need for a successful person to wallow in negativity, to focus too much on the failures..

In that way, then, successful people use their accomplishments to keep themselves on track, and to stay positive, even when things are really rough, or aren’t working out in their favor.

When you talk positively in yourself, you learn to back yourself when life gets hard.

8. Dwelling on their haters

You can’t be liked by everyone.

And while sometimes it’s helpful to know what your haters are saying about you, a successful person doesn’t let haters plant the seeds of doubt in their mind.

They don’t try to prove them wrong.

Instead, they tune them out.

A successful person knows they’re doing amazing things with their life and continue to focus on their dreams and goals.

The fact that you have haters is a good sign that you’re actually doing something with your life.

8. Procrastinating

Let’s be real for a second. We all procrastinate from time to time.

Social media certainly doesn’t help!

But successful people have learned how to overcome the habit of putting off what’s important.

If there’s something that needs to be done, a successful person will get it done without wasting precious time.

A successful person is always looking to push forward, and they understand constalty procrastinating simply won’t get them anywhere.

9. Blaming others

Being a victim won’t get you anywhere fast.

When something goes wrong, an unsuccessful person will pin the blame literally on anyone else.

But that doesn’t lead to growth or taking responsbility for their life.

A successful person has integrity. They’ll own up to their mistakes and work on improving themselves so it doesn’t happen again.

10. Bother gossiping

Gossiping doesn’t feel like time well spent for a successful person.

There’s not much point to it, and most of the time, all you’re really doing is talking bad about someone else who can’t defend themselves.

A successful person realizes that another person’s private life is none of their business.
And when you engage in gossip, all it serves to do is make yourself more judgemental and toxic.

A successful person prefers to be compassionate rather than judgemental.

Rather than gossiping about people behind their backs, a successful person focuses on working towards the goals that they’ve set for themself.

And that’s really what being successful is all about: Completing the goals that you set out to complete.

12. Constantly comparing themselves to others

It’s natural for us to care about what other people think.

But successful people don’t compare themselves excessively.

They understand that life is complex and circumstances are different for everyone, so it’s impossible to accurately and fairly compare yourself.

They also realize that they’ll never understand what someone else’s life is really like behind the curtains.

The only person a successful person compares themselves to is their past self.

This is how they’re able to improve, and how they avoid the self-deprecating emotions that come from comparing.

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Written by Lachlan Brown

I’m Lachlan Brown, the founder, and editor of Hack Spirit. I love writing practical articles that help others live a mindful and better life. I have a graduate degree in Psychology and I’ve spent the last 15 years reading and studying all I can about human psychology and practical ways to hack our mindsets. If you want to get in touch with me, hit me up on Facebook or Twitter.

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