1. No goals and ambitions in life
Unsuccessful people have no vision in life. They have either no goals or have goals with no vision and prospect in life. They always seem distracted from their goals.
2. Doesn’t keep their goals to themselves
It is better to do something rather than talking about it. Derek Sivers says-
“When you tell someone your goal and they acknowledge it, psychologists have found that it is called a ‘social reality’. The mind is kind of tricked into feeling that it is already done. And then because you’ve felt that satisfaction, you’re less motivated to do the actual hard work necessary.”
Unsuccessful people keep preaching about their goals to the entire world and don’t focus on working upon it.
3. Stay surrounded by losers and demotivated people
There is an analogy-“that spend time with losers, and you will become one.”
Unsuccessful people always stay surrounded with losers or people with no goals and ambitions in life.
Surrounded by demotivated people reduces the will power to work on their respective goals.
4. They procrastinate
People are not born unsuccessful. It is their habits that make them so. Unsuccessful people procrastinate upon work assigned to them. It is their habit to procrastinate and find a plethora of excuses. Everybody procrastinates at one or some other point in life. The important thing is how you choose to deal with procrastination.
There is no point in delaying something if you get the same results. So it is better to do it now or do it better later.
5. Don’t possess further learning tendencies
Unsuccessful people feel contented in whatever they know and never struggle to learn further. This leads to their downfall. They believe that whatever they know is the ultimate truth and never tries to enhance their intellect.
The more you access knowledge and information the more you acquire wisdom and progress towards the path of success.
6. They Quit easily
Unsuccessful people give up very easily. They believe that if something is not done till many attempts then it is worth quitting the same. But the truth is far beyond that. It is their greatest weakness to quit or give up.
Thomas A. Edison once said that-
“our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”
7. They are not humble and soft-spoken
Unsuccessful people believe that their rudeness defines their maturity and superiority. They are not humble and soft-spoken and therefore don’t listen to others and consider others opinion inferior.
They have the attitude that they know everything on earth.
8. Possess negative and pessimistic attitude
Unsuccessful people are pessimistic towards life and their ambitions. They find fault with everything around them and are always complaining and criticizing rather than focusing on improvement.
They fail to believe that it is their attitude rather than circumstances that matter in accomplishing a task. Therefore they keep on criticizing their circumstances and always bear a pessimistic attitude.
9. Act before they think
Unsuccessful people don’t think before acting upon anything. It means they lack a calm and composed attitude and therefore fall prey to an unsuccessful goal.
It is said that most of the problems in life come because of two reasons: we act without thinking and we keep thinking without acting.
10. Fear change
Unsuccessful people fear change and believe that orthodoxy should prevail. They fear taking risks and thus fail to take progressive steps towards making a better world and create a positive difference.
In other words, they are afraid of failures and thus never try at least once in a lifetime.
11. Talk more and understand less
Unsuccessful people have a habit of not lending their ears to others. They find it unnecessary to listen to others and don’t bother to understand others. In fact, they love admiring themselves.
Listening is an art that they fail to imbibe in their lives. There is a famous quote-
“Listening is an art that requires attention over talent, spirit over ego, others over self.”
12. Waste time in gossiping and complaining
Gossiping and complaining is a nasty and distracting habit. It not only wastes time but also deviates people from their goals. Unsuccessful people find these two as a medium of escape from the reality.
13. Doesn’t give priority to mind and body
Unsuccessful people are the ones who keep feeding their minds and body with junk. They refrain from a healthy lifestyle which is a must for a happy and successful life.
Instead, they keep on feeding their mind with unwanted and negative thoughts which deteriorates their skills and abilities.
14. Ungrateful and complacent
Unsuccessful people are ungrateful to the resources that they possess and keep on complaining. Rather than making best from the least.
Ungrateful and complacent attitude is a sign of weakness. Complacency is the enemy of leadership and success.