5 Habits of Unsuccessful People

October 31st, 2021

by Kim Myles


1. Blaming Others for Lack of Success

Feeling stuck in life sucks. Unfortunately, life didn’t deal everyone winning hands. Your success depends on how you play the hand it dealt you. Whether it’s your upbringing, background, or life’s circumstances that put you at a disadvantage, it is a choice to remain there. However small or large; take the steps that would lead you towards your goals.

A good place to start is owning a positive mindset. This is especially true if you feel you’re not in a better position because of others. It’s important to learn how to take responsibility for our choices as we mature. There may be people who deserve their share of the blame for some mishaps in our lives. But if you play the blame game, you lose valuable time and energy to find solutions that are beneficial for you.

“You can get discouraged many times, but you are not a failure until you begin to blame somebody else and stop trying.”

John Burroughs

2. Waiting for Opportunities to Knock

Opportunities don’t make house-calls often. In fact, venture into unknown territories to meet them. Putting yourself out there is not always a simple thing to do. There are many opportunities waiting for you to find them. Seek and you shall find.


Now, let’s say you are having a hard time finding what you are looking for. If there’s a demand you think should be met, why not fulfill it? You’re the answer to the call when you create opportunities where they didn’t exist. Use your abilities, skills, or experiences as your supplies.

“If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door.”

Milton Berle

3. Allowing Fear to Get in the Way of Success

Fear is a powerful motivator. So is success. It’s not possible to focus on both at the same time. The dominant energy will lead. It’s okay to be afraid when you don’t know the steps to take. But not doing anything to overcome your fears could lead to stagnation.

Having a fear of failure can cloud a person’s judgment. It also makes it difficult for them to take calculated risks. Sometimes you have to jump right in. If your desires are stronger than your fears, your instinct to swim would be stronger than it is to sink.

“I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it. The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.”

Nelson Mandela

4. Close Mindedness

Close mindedness is not a productive attribute of successful people. As you grow, so do your visions. Thinking outside the box supports your expansion. The key is to know when to dream bigger, stay on a course, or to abandon it if it’s not working.


Staying focused on your goals is important, but develop flexibility in how they might come to fruition. The path towards success isn’t always a straight one. If you have to take detours, you might find yourself in places you never thought possible.

“I never made one of my discoveries through the process of rational thinking.”

Albert Einstein

5. Non-Committal

Success is like a house. Consider consistency as its foundation. Brick by brick, the process continues until the last brick. Without staying power, how will you reap the benefits of what you are trying to build? The pinnacle could seem far away at the start of the building process. Keep in mind, it’s not how you start, it’s how you finish.


Your process doesn’t have to be a rigid one, but it should be consistent. Setting reasonable goals and timeframes is useful, too. This is important because you don’t want to commit to goals that are more than you can handle.

 “Champions aren’t made in the gym. Champions are made from something they have deep inside them. A desire, a dream, a vision. They have to have last minute stamina. They have to be a little faster. They have to have the skill and the will. But the will must be stronger than the skill.”

Muhammad Ali

What makes a person successful in your eyes?

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