Habits aren’t easy to let go of. More often than never, we tend to pick up habits that are ideal neither for us nor for our work. We might overlook the presence of harmful habits as a trivial matter. But those ‘bad’ habits are always there to play a significant role in reducing performance as well as self-development. Here are some bad habits that highly successful people don’t waste their time with.
10 Habits Successful People Avoid
They don’t come up with excuses.
It's common for us to make excuses for any fault. This is a basic human instinct and one that we all fell for at some point in our life. However, successful people don’t make excuses. On the contrary, they face every issue and faults head-on. And tend to focus on understanding and learning from their shortcomings. The ability to reflect on their action and performance is what sets them apart. This also prevents negative traits like superiority complex, etc.
They aren’t perfectionist.
As humans, we should always strive for perfection. But that’s not possible in most cases. No matter how much effort we put in, at the end of the day, we are human and prone to errors. The sense of perfectionism is another aspect that might hold you back from being productive. In reality, the target should be to strive for perfection, not to achieve its absolute form. Successful people aim to be perfect and that’s what keeps them productive.
They aren’t people pleasers.
Let's be honest, you cannot please everyone in life. In reality, this is one of the negative habits that bring people down. Why should you bother about what the other people might think? Because in the end, your struggle and efforts are yours alone, no one has a part to play in it. So rather than trying to please everyone, focus to please yourself in your work. Successful people don’t have the time to indulge in others' thoughts. It's not only a waste of time, rather a waste of productivity as well.
They aren’t stuck in a comfort zone.
There is a common saying that reality begins at the end of your comfort zone and we couldn’t agree more. Staying inside or working from your comfort zone may create a bubble around you. This bubble keeps you away from the real-world scenario. Successful people make the habit of going out of their comfort zone to make things work. This not only helps to increase productivity but also induces new experiences to expand their horizon.
They don’t feel entitled.
Another important trait of successful people is that they don’t feel entitled to anything. A good number of people feel some sense of entitlement as they grow up or climb the work ladder. This ultimately bogs down productivity as there is a lack of effort and a tendency to take things for granted.
However, successful people take every chance as an opportunity rather than entitlement. They understand that success doesn’t come out of entitlement or sheer accident; it is the product of hard work alone. This mentality not only promotes growth but also increases the effort in every single work aspect.
They don’t stop learning.
The process of learning is perpetual for successful people. As a person, you might feel that a degree or considerable experience in a certain matter makes you a pro. But in reality, there is always someone who is better qualified or has more experience.
A successful person recognizes the need for constant learning. You cannot completely learn everything as there are tons of new things coming up every day. The right thing to do would be to keep learning from personal experience as well as from the experience of others.
They don’t multitask.
Multitasking is considered to be an efficient trait in human beings. It's often associated with a higher level of productivity. But it's far from that in the real-world scenario. Successful people don’t even try to multitask. Instead, they focus all their effort and concentration project by project, work by work.
It’s a common myth that multitasking generates efficiency. But in the process of multitasking, you aren’t able to properly focus on the tasks. The end goal becomes to finish it, rather than ensuring a quality finish. So, to be successful, you should ditch the idea of multitasking and take things task by task.
Their egos aren’t on their way.
Having a huge ego can do one of two things – either make you overestimate your strengths or underestimate your weakness. Both of these are negative traits that will cost you in the long run. In truth, successful people are also highly realistic. They don’t have an inflated sense of self-worth.
The ability to see beyond their ego makes them better aware of their position and surrounding. This helps them to better articulate a situation and act accordingly.
They don’t blame others.
Your failure is not somebody else’s fault. What sets the successful persons apart is their ability to see their own mistakes instead of blaming others. Successful people think that it's nothing but a waste of time divulging in the blame game. The right thing to do would be to accept the mistakes, see where they went wrong, and work to ensure that those aren’t repeated. So, rather than blaming others for the mistakes focus on taking the reins yourself and work on solutions.
They don’t worry about failure.
Failure is part of life and sooner or later, everyone faces it. No one likes failure but it's one of those crude realities that’s bound to happen. Successful people learn from their failures, rather than getting demotivated. So should you give up if you fail? Absolutely not.
It's only normal that you will fail, but that doesn’t mean you should fear failure. To be successful, you need to consider failure as a learning curve. The more you fail, the more experience you are gaining. Use these experiences to carve a successful story.
So far, we have discussed some bad habits that the successful people avoid absolutely. Habits are something that can either make or break us. We must recognize these bad habits and do our best to cut them off from our life. It won't happen overnight, but you can take a step to become successful starting right now.