10 Things That Can Prevent You From Being Successful

If you’re looking to be more successful in life, you’ll probably want to do all the right things. But as well as doing all the right things, there are certain things you’re doing that are preventing you from being successful.

Being successful means being above average; it means standing out from the crowd, and  doing things – and not doing things – that everyone else does. If you want success, you’ve got to lose certain habits and adjust your lifestyle. If you want to be one step ahead of everyone else and be the best you can be, let’s take a look at 10 things that can prevent you from being a success.


Okay, most of us enjoy television. Some of us love nothing more than returning home from a long, stressful day at work and putting out feet up in front of the latest series on Netflix with a glass of wine. Even the thought of it is awesome!

But although a bit of television here and there is okay, too much is going to take up your time without giving you anything back. Sure, you’ll enjoy a few box sets and movies, but how is this going to change your life? Cut back on TV, and if you have to watch something, try TED Talks for some enhanced knowledge.

Waking Up Late

The biggest misgiving of waking up late is that you’ve already got less time to do the things you want to do. If you stumble out of bed at 10am as opposed to 7am, you’ve lost 3 hours. Moreover, waking up late can put you in a negative mindset; you feel lazy, weary and without energy.

Waking up early gives you a head start. You’ll feel invigorated knowing that you’re up and ready before everyone else. You’ll also have enough time to cook yourself a fulfilling breakfast that sets the tone for the rest of the day.

Making Too Many Assumptions

You want to take that risk, but you decide not to because “it won’t work out.”

You’d like to change jobs, but you decide not to because “it won’t work out.”

And so on.

Making assumptions about anything without testing it out first is really bad. How do you know the outcome of anything before it happens? Making false assumptions are what hold people  back. Don’t let it be you.

Not Listening To Others

Yes, this is your life and you know what is best for you. Right? … Right?

Well, yes, kinda. But other people are often filled with the kind of wise advice that you really could do with listening to. Nobody was successful who refused to listen to the opinions of others. Successful people listen to themselves, but they also take in what others are saying to them. This can only benefit you, particularly if you surround yourself with intelligent people. s


When you say, “I’ll do it later,” you may as well be saying, “I DON’T WANT TO BE SUCCESSFUL LEAVE ME ALONE.”

Shying away from completing fundamental tasks is not the key to being successful. If you procrastinate, you may get things done eventually, but you will have wasted so much time. Moreover, procrastination results in poorly executed work because it is work that is completed at the very last minute. Procrastination is the thief of time – and of success. Overcome it.

The Fear of Failure

The fear of failure often keeps us from doing the things that can take our lives forward. We want to change careers, but fear that we will fail. We want to take leaps, but fear disaster.

The more you do, the more you will fail. This is a fact. But what is also true is that failure is not a signal of impending doom, but is instead a teacher; it is your chance to learn. When you fail at something, you can take a look at your mistakes and work out how to get better.

All the world’s most successful people failed at something, but they used failure as an opportunity to improve and grow.

The Wrong Environment

If we are who we surround ourselves with, you need to take a good look at the folk who you hang out with. If you surround yourself with negative people, their negative vibes will rub off on you. Rather than encourage you to reach for the stars, they will tell you to keep your feet on the ground.

This is not helpful. You need to be with people who push you to reach greater heights.

Part-time Dedication

If you think trying to be successful is something you do in your spare time, you’re very wrong. Success requires total commitment. It requires you to give it your all right from the start. You have to throw everything into it.

If you approach work and tasks with a half-ass attitude, you’ll struggle to achieve anything. If there are obstacles limiting your time, assess what you can cut down on. Perhaps you’ll need to spend less hours at the gym or in the pub, freeing up time to knuckle down.

Insisting That You’re Already Too Old

Sure, your skin doesn’t glow like it used to and you’ve perhaps spotted your first ever grey hair. But does this all mean that you’re too old to make a decent fist of things and become huge success? Of course it doesn’t!

No one is ever too old to learn or to grow, and they’re certainly never too old to be successful. Successful people keep going. The great investor, Warren Buffet, is 85 and he’s STILL going!

Looking For The Easy Way

We all want the easy, quick road to success. But guess what? This road doesn’t exist! It’s never been built!

The path to success requires a journey. It requires tears, tantrums and setbacks. It doesn’t require you to breeze along it in cruise control; instead, its rocky terrain must be carefully navigated with grit and determination. Success is hard to come by, but what’s what makes it so exciting.

Stay happy!

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