We all want to succeed but if you are like me you may feel a lot of times like I am shooting myself in the foot when trying to accomplish my goals.
Along this line of thinking, I recently read a great article by Bernard Marr a best selling author and performance coach. The article focused on mistakes successful people DON'T make.
Here were a few listed:
1. Successful people don’t Avoid Responsibility “The price of greatness is responsibility.” –Winston Churchill
2. Successful people don’t Procrastinate "Procrastination is the bad habit of putting off until the day after tomorrow what should have been done the day before yesterday." ~Napoleon Hill
3. Successful people don’t Follow Trends “Great things are not accomplished by those who yield to trends and fads and popular opinion”. –Jack Kerouac
But #4 was the one that caught my eye because it is such a trap for all of us and I have seen so many people fall and fail because they did not recognize it.
4. Successful people don’t try to go it alone.
One of the most vital things successful people do is to surround themselves with other successful people. No man is an island, and having a network, a mastermind group, and surrounding oneself with experienced, educated, clever people can make all the difference between success and failure.
“Life is not a solo act. It's a huge collaboration, and we all need to assemble around us the people who care about us and support us.” –Tim Gunn
When Phil Jackson one of the most famous NBA players and Coaches of all time took over as head coach of the Chicago Bulls in 1989, he inherited a struggling team with one of the best players in the world—Michael Jordan. Still, he knew he had to nurture the rest of the team instead of focusing solely on its star. Phil had his players repeat this statement at every practice:
"No man is an island. No man goes his way alone. What I put into the lives of others will come back unto its own.”
Proverbs 11:25 (The Message) says it this way:
The one who blesses others is abundantly blessed; those who help others are helped.
Good news; you and I don’t have to go it alone and the proven success and failures of people before us means we also don’t have to learn everything in the “School of Hard Knocks".