There are successful people; you know those people who have a good job and keep moving up, live in a huge house, go on extravagant trips, and just seem to have everything going their way. Then, there are unsuccessful people. They’re the ones who haven’t really made it too far in life … they’ve never really got a promotion or stayed at the same job for any extended period of time, their bills are always a bit behind, and their vacations usually include a presentation on a timeshare they’ll never be able to afford in exchange for a free 3-day trip.
So, what sets them apart? Are successful people just luckier than their unsuccessful peers? No, they just have different habits. If your goal is to achieve success, take note of the following. Here are 10 habits of unsuccessful people that you definitely don’t want to copy.
1. They are experts at wasting time.
Although an unsuccessful person doesn’t necessarily know what to do with their time, they do know what they won’t be doing. That would be anything halfway productive. They’re the people who can easily spend hours on Facebook fuming about how much better everyone else’s life is. You can also find them sitting in front of the TV for hours on end or hanging out at the bar night after night. You may even notice them staring at a blank wall for an extended period of time. Whatever they are doing, you can be almost certain it’s nothing useful.
2. They love to put things off.
Unsuccessful people adhere to the following philosophy. “Why do today what you can put off until tomorrow?” Yes, they may have a huge paper due the day after tomorrow, but that doesn’t mean they need to get started today. Surely, they can put together a couple of thousand words on quantum physics two hours before it’s due.
3. When the going gets tough, they simply give up.
While successful people see failures as stepping stones toward success, unsuccessful people see them as a good excuse to stop trying. Yes, they may be excited about a new project to begin with, but when it starts to require serious work or when they encounter problems, they’ll lose interest and move on to another great idea. The cycle will repeat itself over and over.
4.They don’t think about what they do.
Before they have time to think about it, they’ve done it. Impulsiveness could be an unsuccessful person’s middle name. If they see a new $5,000 Prada or handbag and they have just enough room on their ten credit cards to pay for it, it’s theirs. The same applies to engaging in unsafe sex and taking part in potentially dangerous or criminal activities. They don’t take the time to consider how their actions could affect their future.
5. Their preferred route is the one that’s easiest.
When successful people are deciding what to do in life, they will choose the more difficult road with the highest potential for rewards. The same can’t be said for unsuccessful people. If it looks easy, that’s the way they’re going to go because it doesn’t require any work or sacrifice on their part. Of course, the rewards are minimal.
6. They love to blame others.
You can rest assured that it is never an unsuccessful person’s fault they are in their current predicament. It’s almost always their parents, boss, or super successful sibling who just makes them look bad.
7. They avoid change at all cost.
Yes, it’s hard to embrace change because it takes you out of your comfort zone. However, it’s necessary. Unsuccessful people may stay at the same dead end job forever, despite other opportunities simply because they don’t want to deal with the changes. They may refuse to keep up with changing technology because it’s too complicated. Simply put, if change is involved, they’ll fight it at all costs.
8. They hang out with other unsuccessful people.
There’s a saying in the South. “If you hang out with dogs, you’re going to get fleas.” The same thing applies here. By choosing other unsuccessful people as their closest friends, they are opting to remain unsuccessful because they’ll just further adopt their bad habits.
9. Negativity is a way of life.
Unsuccessful people can find a problem in any situation. For example, they complain when the sun’s shining because it’s too hot. They complain when it rains because it messes up their outdoor plans. They complain when it’s cold because it means putting on ten layers of clothes before leaving the house. The list goes on and on. They’re going to find fault with everything.
10. They never follow through.
They talk a good game, but they never follow through. You’ll often find an unsuccessful person talking in detail about the great idea they have for a new product, store, restaurant, etc. The thing is that in many cases, the idea is actually a good one with the potential for success. Unfortunately, talking is as far as the idea ever gets. Usually, they either lose interest or run into a problem and give up.
Now, it’s time to be honest. How many of these habits do you have?