Why you shouldn't care about the habits of successful people

You don’t need to know the 7 habits of successful people

Why not?

Because they’re also the habits of unsuccessful people.

Take Risks … if you like

Successful people are those who take risks in life. But they’re not the only ones. Unsuccessful people also take risks. The difference is where the risks pay off. Unfortunately, no one wants to learn about the unsuccessful people, so blog posts and articles unhelpfully skip over the less fortunate and focus on those who have nice lifestyles. Everyone raves about how Steve Jobs was persistent and how Bill Gates never stopped learning.

I’m not saying don’t do these things, but I am saying that doing them isn’t going to make you successful. It’s the difference between necessary and sufficient. Knowing an object is an apple is sufficient to say it is a fruit. But if an object is a fruit, it is not necessarily an apple. The same logic goes here. People who are successful show sets of traits, but that does not mean that exhibiting those traits will make you successful.

There’s a wonderful chapter that does explorer some of the more unsuccessful people in history in the book The Antidote by Oliver Burkeman, which I would recommend.

So what should I do?!?!

Whatever makes you happy. :)

If you want to be more productive with your day, I would suggest first working out what’s stopping you from achieving everything you want to get done, and rather than following a flawed list of productivity tips from the internet, do some research and investigate what will make a difference that has some evidence to back up why it works.

If you want to try eating breakfast in the morning, do so. If you want to know the impact it will have on your day, find an (at least moderately) balanced article, that will provide you with both sides of the debate, and then make up your own mind.

The key point

If you want to be successful, you’ll need to take risks. But don’t assume that by taking them, it will lead to success. Make sure you monitor your progress, and if it’s not going to plan, ensure you know when to quit.