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Top Seven Reasons we Fail

Why do people fail? Aren’t we supposed to be successful and live our lives to the fullest? I see a lot of people fail at one thing or another, I have failed at certain points in my life. The important thing is we pick ourselves back up and try, try again. If you fail at something, and fail again, you should keep on practicing because eventually you’re going to get it right. Recently, one of my very wealthy friends passed away and I was at his funeral. This guy was quite a bit older than me but he was a success, he had one of the largest construction companies in the Midwest. They had a short summary of his life and I had no idea that he had 17 jobs before he started his own construction company. That tells me something, if you persevere and always strive for a better life you will eventually end up very successful. We should embrace failure because often times when one door closes another one opens. In this post I will examine the top seven reasons we fail.

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We get comfortable with our daily surroundings
Day in and day out many people do the same routine. It doesn’t matter if they’re a toll booth attendant, shoe salesman, or executive in a large company. We often get caught up in our own lives and there is nothing wrong with that if we’re happy. However, there are those people that want more. There are those of us who go to night school to get an MBA. There are those of us who start our own side businesses to create multiple revenue streams for our families. There are those of us who try to work with others to start their own full time business. If you get too caught up with your own life and don’t pay attention to the world around you, life just may pass you by.
We care too much about what others think of us
At one time, I cared a lot about what people thought of me and I think that was grade school. I grew out of it quickly, it’s funny how some people still haven’t. I will admit I do still care what my closest friends think about me as well as my family. cialis online However, I could really care less about what any others think about me. It’s a recipe for disaster, there are always plenty of jealous people in the world and others looking to bring you down. You should care about others and try to help them, not care about how they perceive you. If you do right by your fellow man/woman chances are they are going to like you. This topic is closely related to the next topic.
People convince us of our place
Don’t get caught in this trap. For example, people may try to convince you that you’re the best accountant ever! You may be an excellent accountant but there is always the opportunity for you to do more with your life. For example, you could open up your own accounting practice and hire a few other accountants to work for you. If you get bored with Accounting, you could always take a 2-3 year hiatus, get your law degree and become a tax lawyer. There are so many things you can do with your life, don’t listen to people when they try to convince you of your “place” in life.
We don’t try to do things we’re not good at
I’m so glad I’m not blessed with this curse. You don’t know how many times I have heard a colleague say “it’s not my job” to do that. Learning new skills should be fun and exciting. You may be really bad at something when you try it the first few times, but if you practice it repeatedly you’ll eventually end up great at it. I remember when I started my first job out of college, my boss suggested I learn HTML. That was back in 1999 and I hated it back then. Now I know a number of different web languages and can design a site from scratch. As I mentioned in my introduction, you should embrace failure. It may be difficult to embrace failure, but you should especially try to do it with things you are not good at.
We don’t want to lose what we’ve built
Believe me, I understand individuals don’t want to lose what they have built. Maybe you have a high paying job or have built a very nice nest egg working for the past several years. This shouldn’t trap you. Have you ever taken a risk in your life? We all have taken risks in our lives, they just aren’t as transparent to some of us as we think they should be. For example, did you go to College? Going to College is a risk, I have many friends that never made it through. Every so often the right opportunity comes to us in life whether it be a new job, starting a new business, or being able to start a career in the field you would love to – don’t let it pass you by.
We don’t always believe in our abilities
In order to be successful you have to believe in yourself. For the most part, I have been fortunate enough to know a lot of very successful people in life. Additionally, most of the colleagues I have worked with have been very confident in themselves and always believed in themselves. However, this is not true for everyone I have come across. Some people have low self esteem and need to be told constantly they can achieve their goals. Don’t be one of these people, this is a trait that has the end result of failure. Successful people constantly give 100% and never give up.
We’re convinced we should go in one direction
Why is it that our parents try to install this into our heads at an early age? For example you’re going to be a Doctor is what I always heard. I have friends that heard the same with the variation of a lawyer in there. It doesn’t end there, some of the other “beliefs” that are installed in our head at an early age are folly as well. The most common is that after college you are going to go out into the world and get a 9-5 job. Why do we have to do this? Anybody can start their own business. Nowadays, anyone can be a freelancer if they have a particular skill set that is valuable to the marketplace. We should never just go in “one direction” I believe. I have a lot of friends that went in “one direction” and they ended up just fine while I have others that ended up messed up. I believe we should find out what kind of career or field makes us happy and do that.

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