7 Negative Habits That People Constantly Do and Fail Unintentionally in Business
These 7 things that people constantly do is like them stabbing their business till it slowly weakens and gives in.
It does no good to anyone at all. Sometimes we do these things on purpose because we’re ignorant and know nothing at all and sometimes, we unconsciously do this till one day it just pops up and hits us on the head.
Next thing you know, you’re in one heck of a problem that you’ve created.
If you are doing some of them, then it’s time to stop and re-evaluate your strategies. If you’re unconscious of what you’re doing and suddenly realized you’re on the wrong path, use it as a learning experience and move on.
Don’t dwell on an issue for too long. Good business people learn and move forward. Don’t move forward without bringing anything with you. What should you bring? That’s what we call knowledge and experience.
1. Doing too many things at once
Success requires intense focus. If you want to do good and succeed with something, then focus on one thing, get really good at it, and don’t stop till you make it. It is very difficult and sometimes close to impossible to succeed while doing multiple things. Doing too many things at once can be destructive. Our true potential would never reach the light of day.
There are tons of amazing opportunities out there that present itself to us every single day. However, no matter how good those opportunities are if we’re not focused at all, then there’s nothing amazing or good we can do with that opportunity. It would end up just like the other things you’ve decided to do which ended up nowhere.
The path to success is to move forward in a straight line. Doing too many things at once is nothing but a pure distraction. Instead of moving forward, we take turns and detours.
If you’re looking to start something, make sure you’re determined to continue and finish it no matter what.
2. Focusing too much on the non-income producing activities
This is literally a killer. To build a business, there are tons of different steps to take. However, there is still one path and that is straight. There are different strategies that can determine our speed and time in terms of reaching success.
It is only obvious that the income-producing activities will reap benefits way before the non-income producing activities will. It’s important to know that time is of the essence.
Focusing too much on the non-income producing activities is a waste of time. You can always invest a little time in them later on when you can afford to. But if you’re new and struggling, then there’s no other better way to approach the situation than to do whatever will bring in the results needed to get us out of whatever situation it is we’re in.
3. Being too stubborn
The beauty of any business is that there are people in any industry you look at who succeed and fail. Look at the two closely and see the difference.
It is important to have a mentor and leader to look up to. Make sure it’s someone with a clear goal, not just someone who’s in it for the bucks. This person needs to be trustworthy and motivational.
There are tons of amazing mentors out there. However the only problem with some people is, they don’t like to listen. Instead, they like to drift away on their own boat when all we have to do is hitch a ride on our mentor’s yacht.
Listening and learning from people who are where we want to be is very crucial. When they say something, we should do it right away. Why? Because whatever mentors and leaders say, they do it themselves too!
4. Being too creative at the start
There’s nothing wrong with creativity at all. In fact, that’s very important and a vital component of life. Let’s look at this from a different perspective. Let’s look at it from a business point of view.
Whenever someone becomes creative, money and time are involved. There is a right and wrong time to be creative in business. If we’re tight upon the finances, then being creative at the start is just a stupid move. We wouldn’t know what to expect.
It’s purely an experiment to see if it’s an effective move or not. If someone is tight on budget and becomes creative at the start, expect to learn the hard way. It’s better to invest our time and money in things that we know will work.
There are good ways of being creative though that don’t involve money. So if you want to be creative, then take that path. Once you have the budget, you can be as creative as you want. You can test, track, and apply various creative methods to expand and grow your business, however, timing is important. Don’t do it when you’re struggling. If you’re struggling, just listen and learn from the leaders. Whatever they say, just do it. Use your time wisely.
5. Making too many excuses
This one can really mess things up. I’ve seen so many smart and talented people not use their full potentials because of the constant excuses they make. I’m sure you know someone like that right? We see these people every day.
Always remember that excuses are a killer! It chokes a business till the business slowly loses breath and eventually, it will close its doors. It’s not worth it.
As business people, just do it! Don’t make excuses. Don’t wait to do something till you: have enough sleep, lose 10 pounds, wait for the kids to get home from soccer practice, feel like doing it, or any other lame excuse in your handbook. It’s just not worth it. This is one of those time-wasting tools people use when they’re just plain lazy.
Don’t be one of these losers!
6. Not having the passion
If this is the case, then just stop it. Even if you do succeed, without passion, there is no life, without life, there is no happiness. Passion is one of the cores and most important ingredients to succeeding in anything we do in life. There would be no such thing as successful businessmen, doctors, engineers, lawyers, teachers, and many other people in different professions without passion.
Passion is the key. When passion is involved, even if we fail it wouldn’t be such a big issue because we have the passion and drive to keep moving forward. Honestly, this is how I feel about passion:
“I’d rather fail in something I love than to succeed in something I hate.”
I’m positive that a lot of people feel that way. We live life once. Whatever it is you’re passionate about, find a way to live it and make it happen. It’s not worth not pursuing it. Passion=happiness. Simple as that.
7. Fail and quit
If you have a passion for what you’re doing and you hit a roadblock that’s strong as heck. Things look like there’s no tomorrow and you simply quit. That’s what we call being a “wussy“.
There is no man who has reached success without any sign of struggle. Everyone’s been there. Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerburg, Larry Paige, you name it. They’ve had serious struggles. It’s their passion and determination which made them go on and move past their difficulties.
As long as you’re passionate about something, failure is never a reason to quit, instead, it’s a learning experience we can use to become stronger and a whole lot better of an individual. Learn to “Delete Your Inner-Wussy” and reveal your inner badass. Don’t be scared to fail if you’re passionate about what you do. In fact, welcome it with open arms. We need those failures and problems so we can grow and become stronger individuals.
Now when I say “We need those failures” I’m not saying you do something totally stupid right now. I’m saying that whatever it is we didn’t know before, will hit us one day and become a problem, we should use that to grow our knowledge and know that next time, we won’t fall into that trap again.