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24 Things Your Successful Friends Have Given Up

If you want to be successful, the fastest way is to study successful people.



1. They’ve given up carelessness

It may not be news for you to know that successful people are not careless with life. They’re planned, meticulous and organized. Your successful friends have obviously taken life more serious than you can imagine. They’re disciplined and they’ve placed boundaries around their lives. For them, it’s no longer business as usual.


2. They’ve given up believing on fate

Disasters and happenings are not determined by fate. Your successful friends have learnt that the situations in their lives are not predicated upon fate. They’ve stopped blaming fate for every bad thing that happens to them. If you must be successful, you must learn to take the bull by the horn and stop that crazy mantra of “what will be, will be.” No! Life is garbage in garbage out. It gives you whatever you give to it.


3. They’ve given up on luck

Luck is as bad as fate. Why would you live your life waiting for the day luck favours you to win a lottery? Waiting on luck will make you grow old and weary in laziness and failure. Your wise friends have understood that nothing happens by chance, and coincidence is just a word used to identify a complex situation with no immediate explanation. Life has principles, when you apply the right ones, success will locate you.


4. They’ve given up on blaming others

You are the architect of your success and misfortunes. The only mistakes in your life are the ones you permitted. If you look intently, you’ll realize that all the disappointments you got from people could have been avoided one way or the other. They might have occurred due to your ignorance, indiscipline, negligence to details, consistency or commitment to a cause.

You must learn to see life for what it really is: Your Business. Yea, that’s right! It’s your business and you alone can make decisions that are beneficial or detrimental to your success. It’s high time you quit the blame game.


5. They’ve given up on believing they can’t change the world

Martin Luther Jr. King as a black man had a dream that changed the tides of racism in America. It took Nelson Mandela 27 years to cure South Africa of her apartheid and break the chains of colonialism significantly.

So what makes you think you can’t change the world? Failures? Thomas Edison had to try 1000 times before he could give us the light bulb which we so much cherish. Is it uncertainty or fear that can hinder you from changing the world? You’ve got to believe in yourself and look at something bigger than now.

Your actions and in-actions are capable enough to cause a paradigm shift in certain dimensions on life. Think of something you can do to impact your life, immediate society and the world at large. There is a drop of greatness in every man.


6. They’ve given up on the status quo

Your successful friends are certainly tired of the way things had been. They are tired of going round and round the pepper tree. The status quo refers to the way things have always been. It entails the manner with which you invest in your life and it is also the way life has always treated you. For you to amount to something tangible in life, you must get fed up of bulls**t and aspire for something greater than the norm.


7. They’ve given up many bad habits

Letting go of habits can be difficult. I totally understand. But each bad habit you let go of draws you closer to the dome of success. Bad habits can be detrimental to health, relationships, business, career and all you can think of. You are as good as the number of good habits you have.


8. They’ve given up on not trusting people

You can’t do much on your own. Two good heads are better than one. Successful people have learnt to see the beauty in others and appreciate them richly. They understand the importance on manpower. They invest in the human capital of others and give them the opportunity to do great things.

I know the popular saying, “trust no one”. But if you decide to ride solo without having others in your life, you’ll grow weary. If you must succeed, you need people around you and you just have to trust and believe in them.