In fact, do me a favor and before you read this, think about what you think might be the answer. What do YOU think the one thing successful people never do is? Then share that with everyone in the comments of this blog so we can bat it around.
It was tough to think of the one thing that people don’t do. Much easier to think of things that people DO that make them successful. I started by making a list of things that might work but quickly whittled that list down:
Make huge mistakes. The really successful people are always taking chances, and not just small ones. Here are some of my big mistakes. It’s mistakes that allow for success to happen, and if you’re not failing, you’re not trying. Doubt themselves. Nope, they do that. They always bounce back, but they can doubt themselves at times. Quit. If the timing is right, they quit. They don’t quit because the going gets tough, but they might quit if the experiment isn’t working or they can no longer change the place they work, etc. Support and nurture those around them. While I wish this was the case, we’ve all heard of people that absolutely bully and tear down the people around them to make them or their company great. Ever heard of Steve Jobs?
Then it hit me…
Successful people never…do it alone. They always have people around them that they can rely on, that help them focus and keep them pointed in the right direction. That could be terrific partners (like these guys – Raj, Danny and Raghu). That could be mentors (like this guy). Or it could be family that supports them (like these people).
That’s not to say some don’t try to do it alone, but in my experience they’re never as successful as they could be. There’s no chance I would have had the success I’ve experienced without the people I linked to above. No chance. Do I believe in myself? Sure. But do I believe I am better when I’m surrounded by people I can trust, by people that add to my skills, by people that believe in me? Damn straight.
Ok, so I finished this post and then read Marr’s article to see what he said. He says that successful people never “give up”. I think it depends on what you mean by “give up”. There are times when successful people have to give up because there are immovable objects that prohibit them from succeeding. It can be the very act of giving up that allows them to be successful. There are tons of examples of entrepreneurs that started one thing, realized it wasn’t going to pan out, shut that thing down and started the new thing that made them famous.
What do YOU think the one thing that successful people never do?
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