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7 Things That Successful People Don’t Do


About Josh Linker:

Josh is a New York Times best-selling author, and an internationally recognized expert on innovation and applied creativity. His first book, Disciplined Dreaming: A Proven System to Drive Breakthrough Creativity (2011), became one of the most definitive works on the topic of innovation, and has since been published in 13 languages. His other two books, The Road to Reinvention: How to Drive Disruption and Accelerate Transformation (2014), and Hacking Innovation: The New Growth Model from the Sinister World of Hackers (2017), have both received critical acclaim and have pushed the boundaries of business leaders worldwide.


There’s been plenty written about the habits of highly successful people. They set goals and they follow through. They learn and listen. We get it.

But what do the most successful people avoid? From celebrity entrepreneurs to captains of industry, here are seven surprising things that top achievers prefer to skip:

  1. Don’t have a Plan B. We’re taught to have a backup, but that safety net can actually do more harm than good. No Plan B means you have to be all-in and, in turn, your intensity will drive better performance.
  2. Don’t fight the last war. There’s a saying that too often, “Generals fight the last war.” With today’s unprecedented rate of change, we need to use a fresh approach instead of blindly relying on what worked in the past.
  3. Don’t accept the world as it is. Those that change the world first have a bold vision of what’s possible. Refusing to accept things as they are is hallmark of history makers.
  4. Don’t compare to others. Top achievers benchmark performance against their own potential, not what others do. They lead instead of follow.
  5. Don’t play it safe. Not being afraid to be a little crazy, the most successful people know that progress only exists outside our comfort zones.
  6. Don’t wallow. Uber-successful people mess up just like all of us. But they don’t focus on the failures or let negative thoughts inhibit their growth. They take their lumps, learn what they can, and quickly move on to the next challenge.
  7. Don’t get comfortable.A telltale sign of a top performer is that they’re never satisfied. Yes, they celebrate the wins, but they are always on the hunt for more. It is an unquenchable thirst for achievement that unlocks potential.

It turns out, your stop-doing list is just as important as the to-dos. Embrace these don’ts, and you’ll be well on your way to unlocking greatness.


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Derek Sweeney is the Director of Speaker Ideas at The Sweeney Agency. www.thesweeneyagency.com. For 15 years Derek has been helping clients find the right Speakers for their events. Derek can be reached at 1-866-727-7555 or [email protected]