When we think about success and how to achieve it, we always think about things we’re not doing. But what if we started to think about things we need to correct or change? In theory, no matter what we try to do right, we won’t achieve success if we’re doing one little thing wrong. At least not the level of success we strive to achieve. Whether personally or professionally, here are things you shouldn’t do if you want to be successful:
1) Don’t assume.
Think you know it all? You don’t. Never assume you know the answer to something. Unless you’re 100% sure about it, double or even triple check your work. Get a second opinion. Nothing looks worse than not having your act together.
2) Don’t be afraid to ask questions.
Along the same lines, if you don’t know something, don’t be afraid to ask questions. It’s ok to admit that you don’t know it. It’s better to ask than to sit around confused and dazed. At the end of the day, the person who asked the question will be more able to do the task at hand than the person who just guessed.
3) Don’t be late.
Being “fashionably late” isn’t a real thing. It’s just unprofessional and serves as a sign that you don’t really care. As the saying goes, if you’re early you’re on time and if you’re on time you’re late. Respect everyone’s time and be there when you’re suppose to.
4) Don’t think you know it all.
No one likes a know it all. And no one really knows it all. Even if you’re an expert in a field, don’t come off as the end all and be all authority in something. Be open to other people’s thoughts, perceptions and ideas because you might actually be able to learn a thing or two from others.
5) Don’t sleep in.
Some of the most productive and successful get up early in the morning and take that extra time to do something they enjoy, start checking their emails, or just prepare themselves for the day. There’s something about getting up before the rest of the world that makes you want to just stuff done. When you sleep in, you might have missed something already.
6) Don’t complain.
Yes, we’re all going to have to do some not-so-fun things in our careers. Call it paying our dues or call it a learning experience. Whatever you want to call it, don’t complain about it. Everyone has been in the same shoes.
7) Don’t slack off.
And the most important of them all: don’t slack off. If you want to be successful, you have to be a hard worker. Earn it.