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Give up these habits to become successful



By Abdul Samad

Somebody once told me, “On your last day on Earth, the person you became will meet the person you could have become”

Sometimes, to become successful we do not need to add more things, we need to give up on some instead. Even though each one of us has a different definition of success, there are certain things that are universal, which if we cut down, will lead to better results. Here are some examples:

Unhealthy Lifestyle

“Take care of your body. It is the only place you have to live” — Jim Rohn

If you want to achieve anything in life, everything starts from here. First, you have to take care of your health, and there are only two things you need to keep in mind: A healthy diet and doing physical activity. Small steps, but you will thank yourself one day.

Short-term Mindset

“You only live once, but if you do it right, once is enough” — Mae West

Successful people set long-term goals, and they know that these aims can be fulfilled only by cutting down the short-term and mindless habits.

Your Excuses

“It is not about the cards you are dealt, but how you play the hand.” — Randy Pausch

Successful people know that they are responsible for their life, no matter their starting point, weaknesses or past failures. Realising that you are entirely responsible for what happens next in your life, is both frightening and exciting.

However, it is the only way you can reach success because excuses limit and prevent us from growing personally and professionally. Own your life, so no one else does it for you.

Believing in the “Magic Bullet”

“Every day, in every way, I’m getting better and better” — Émile Coué

Overnight success is a myth. Successful people know that making small continuous improvements every day, will be compounded over time, and would give them the desired results. Focus on the day that’s ahead of you, and improve just 1%.


“You will never reach your destination if you stop and throw stones at every dog that barks” ― Winston S. Churchill

Successful people choose one thing and then beat it into submission. No matter what it may be, a business idea, a conversation, or working out. Being fully present and committed to one task is indispensable.

Toxic People

“You are the average of the five people you spend the most time with” – Jim Rohn

People we spend the most time with, add up to whom we become. There are less ambitious people, and then there are more ambitious people than us. If you spend time with the ones that are less driven than you, your average growth will go down, and with it your success will go down too.

However, if you spend time with people more advanced than you, no matter how challenging that might be, you will be more successful.

Take a look around yourself, and see if you need to make any changes.

Dependency on social media and television

“The trouble is, you think you have time” — Jack Kornfield

Impulsive web browsing and television watching is a disease of today’s society. These two should never be an escape from your life or goals. Unless your goals depend on either, you should minimise (or eliminate) your dependency on these and devote time towards enriching your life.

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